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Minke Gijselman wins the 2015 Muscat Ladies Open

The Muscat Ladies Open took place at the Ghala Golf Club on the 6th March 2015 for the second year running. This 18-hole Strokeplay competition was open to all ladies with a verified handicap and included ladies from all the golf courses in Oman. This year, all the proceeds and entry fees were donated to the Oman Cancer Association, for Breast Cancer Awareness. Over 400 RO was raised on the day for the cause, with over 30 ladies joining in for the event.

Dr. Zahid Al Mandhari from the Oman Cancer Association kindly awarded the prizes out to the winners, and after winning Nearest the Pin last year, Minke Gijselman claimed the Gross Winner title this year with a score of 94. Rachel Connor came a very close second with a score of 95.

In the Nett category, Michelle Kubota won with a Nett score of 73, and Avis Pickering was the runner-up with a Nett score of 74.

There were a few course prizes during the round with the Nearest the Pin going to Janice Coutinho and longest drive to Ayse Kazdal.

For new golfers and non-golfers there was also a Bodybalance class, put on by the Art of Life Center in Al Ansab, Muscat. The Bodybalance class was a mixture of Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates, focusing on strength and serenity. This class was followed by a golf clinic with Jay Townsend, the General Manager of Ghala Golf Club and PGA Golf Professional, teaching different techniques to improve each lady’s golf swing.

Commenting on the event, Jay Townsend, said “It was fantastic to work with the Oman Cancer Association this year to create this Open for the second year running. There were many sponsors who made this day possible, including the Red Baron for sponsoring the overall tournament and prizes. The Body Shop for sponsoring the Gift Bags, Gloria Jeans for providing unlimited beverages, sandwiches and cakes, The Catering Partner for providing breakfast and snacks for the participants, Art of Life Center for putting on the Bodybalance class, Desert Dreams for providing the backdrop for the tournament and Golf Oman for providing prizes and golf sets. It is only with the help of these sponsors that we see this event growing each year and attracting golfers from across the Gulf.”

The Ghala Golf Club is now getting ready for the Club Championships, sponsored by Omantel on the 13th and 14th March 2015.