Posted on March 05, 2019

Doha College students were thrilled to welcome Qatari golfer Yasmian Alsharshani, who ran a golf clinic for the secondary school.

Yasmian is the country’s first female golfer and the first woman in the Qatar National Golf Team. In 2013, she founded Qatar Golf Ladies – the first women’s centre for golf in the Middle East – and was presented the 2013 Businesswoman of the Year award at the Qatar International Business Forum. Yasmian was the first Qatari citizen to gain a Master’s Degree in the organisation and management of Olympic events from the International Olympic Academy, supported by her thesis on “Women and Sports in Qatar.”

Yasmian was joined on the stage of the Doha College Auditorium by the Dutch Ambassador Dr Bahia Tahzib-Lie, who delivered an inspiring message about women’s path to success – in anticipation of the International Women’s Day this coming Friday. To add an element of fun, Yasmian did a spot quiz with golf-related questions, and she was pleasantly surprised by how much the students knew about golf, and by how many practised the sport themselves.

Indeed, Doha College has a strong golfing tradition with alumni that recorded great successes in Qatar and abroad. DC student Jakub Hrinda was only in Year 10, aged 14 when he made history by becoming the youngest player to appear in a European Tour event, the Qatar Masters 2015. In 2016, Jakub came second in the Qatar Junior Open, while his sister Laila took the ladies’ top place. More recently, Jakub won the 2018 Turkish Open. Laila Hrindova, also a Doha College alumna, won a scholarship at Baylor University in Texas, where she now plays for one of the top US college teams.

Joining Yasmian on the stage was Doha College student Mikkel Per Mathiesen (Year 13), a semi-pro golfing champion. Mikkel won the Qatar Junior Open a few years ago and is playing in the Qatar Masters this weekend. He joined Doha Golf Club in 2009 at the tender age of 9 and now plays off a +2 handicap; he carded a three-round total of 1-under-par 215 to win the only available qualifying spot at the Qatar Open by seven strokes. In September, Mikkel will have the opportunity to take his golfing career further by starting a scholarship at Wright State University in Dublin, Ohio.

Yasmian was delighted to be able to fire up students’ interest in golf. “I’m so happy to be here at Doha College with the fantastic students and teachers. I’m glad to have the support of the Dutch Ambassador Dr Bahia Tahzib-Lie – as a successful female role model and as a mother of two beautiful daughters; she assisted in delivering this golf clinic and spreading the culture of golf through this event. I am very pleased that the students had a good time and enjoyed learning about the game. I would like to invite everyone to attend the Qatar Masters tournament, sponsored by the Commercial Bank Qatar, this weekend.”