Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Nothing expresses dedication more than the athlete Azzan bin Mohammed Al Ramahi’s golf journey. The Omani traveled to Dubai every two weeks to hone his skills, paving the way for his many achievements.
Despite the opening of the first grass golf course in the Sultanate of Oman only in 2010, it did not prevent Al Ramahi from achieving many impressive achievements, including being the first Omani to take part in the European tour, according to the official website of the European tour. Tour the internet.
Golf was not known at all
Al-Ramahi’s interest in the sport began during his teens in the late 1990s, at a time when golf was “not known in the region at all”, especially among the younger generation, according to the national team player in an interview with CNN Arabic.
Al Omani added: “During that same period, the world-famous athlete Tiger Woods became very popular after winning the Masters Championship in 1997. It made me more interested in playing the game.”
In addition, the fact that golf is an individual sport, the diversity of challenges that embrace different golf courses, and the ability to play the sport for a long time instead of retiring early as in other sports, are factors that player after this sport attracted even more.
When Al Ramahi started playing the sport in 1998, Oman had no grass golf courses, and this posed a challenge for avid players.
“It was much harder to play on sandy golf courses, especially when the weather is very hot and humid during the summer,” said Al Ramahi.
Several challenges, such as the lack of a nationally recognized golf authority, did not pose an obstacle for Al Ramahi and his brother, he said, as their passion led them to participate in regional tournaments at their own expense.
It got to the point that Al Ramahi was eager to travel to Dubai, UAE every two weeks to practice on grass courts, which enabled him to prepare well for regional tournaments in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and the Arab world.
However, that changed with the opening of the Muscat Hills Golf Club, the country’s first grass court.
At this club, Al Ramahi achieved his opening shot as Oman’s best golfer.
From that point on, golf developed little by little into the Sultanate.
Golf is one of the latest activities in the Sultanate of Oman, according to the official website of the country’s Ministry of Tourism on the internet Muscat now has three golf courses, and more are expected to open soon.
Proud moments in the career of the best Omani golfer
In the face of challenges, Al Ramahi has achieved impressive results throughout his career.
One of the moments that the Omani is particularly proud of is to represent the Sultanate of Oman in its first participation in the Asian Olympic Games in South Korea.
On that tour, the player placed fifth on the singles rankings among some of the best amateur golfers in Asia, some of whom were well-known pros who played on the PGA Tour.
The player mentioned another historic moment, in which he became the first player ever from Oman to take part in the European tour during the Oman Open in 2018.
Al Ramahi said: “I am also happy and honored to be the best Omani golfer since 2002 so far, and for almost 20 years.”
When it comes to the toughest losses he has faced, the player referred to the Golf Cooperation Council Championship in Riyadh in 2014 and said: “I was very close to winning the individual championship as I was with only two points from the Bahraini eliminated. winner, Nasser Yaqoub. “
In the end, Al Ramahi finished fourth on the overall rankings, which encouraged him to work even harder.
In the short term, the player intends to continue to represent his country in regional and international tournaments.
In the long run, he wants to be part of the development of the sport in his country, and plans to set up a golf academy.
The player added: “I look forward to seeing my seven-year-old son Youssef develop himself, and we hope in the near future he will replace me as the best Omani golfer!”