Manchester Evening News

Muslim golf day to be held at Worsley Park Golf Club

Budding Muslim golfers from across the country will be playing at the high-end golf course in Worsley as part of a tournament organised by the Muslim community.

The sold out event will take place on the 28 th May at the Worsley Marriot golf course and will see Muslim golfers from Manchester, Scotland and London take part in this year’s event.

Muslim Golf Association (MGA) are the group behind the tournament, a dedicated golfing platform that caters to Muslim golfers.

Amir Malik, 37, from Luton is the founder of the organisation. He fell in love with golf six years ago but found that a lot of the clubs he was going to were not inclusive to Muslim players.

“I’ve been fortunate to go to a lot of golf clubs and I noticed that as a brown face, you weren’t always welcome.” He said.

“Also, I found that I couldn’t get involved in the social scene in terms of sitting and drinking alcohol at a bar and when it came to praying, you almost had to go hide and pray.

“I was so intrigued to see how many more Muslims were in golf, and that was my inspiration to set up the MGA and we now have over 300 people in our database and play at a very good level.”

The MGA and Muslim golf days are open to everyone, however, the events are run on Islamic values.

Only halal food is served, no alcohol or gambling is involved and prayer arrangements will be made for players.

The Muslim golf day will also serve as a tournament for the MGA’s Race to Arden sponsored by READ Foundation competition.

Race to Arden sponsored by READ Foundation is a tri-series tournament taking place in three iconic golf courses starting at Worsley Park Marriott Hotel and Park, the Shire in London and finally the Arden, Marriott Hotel and Country Club in Birmingham.

The MGA will also be launching a Muslim women’s golfing association where dedicated coaching sessions will be held for women who wear hijabs and niqabs.

“Its going to be a phenomenal day, it’s a Muslim event because its underpinned by our values, but it’s open to anybody and everybody.” Amir said.

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