Tommy Fleetwood may well have stolen the limelight with his Abu Dhabi triumph but it was a weekend to remember for a young aspiring golfer.
Jasmine Pitman, a student at The British International School Abu Dhabi (BISAD) reigned supreme at the HSBC Future Falcons Golf Skills Challenge, held on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
The Year Seven pupil qualified for the event in November and beat other talented golfers to win her age group. Her reward was a round of golf with Edoardo Molinari, a member of Europe’s winning Ryder Cup squad in 2010.
The feat is even more remarkable considering she only started playing golf two years ago. Understandably, she was left in awe of her experience.
“I really enjoy playing golf and love the opportunities that HSBC Future Falcons give to junior golfers,” said Pitman, who trains at Abu Dhabi City Golf Club. “The ‘Skills Challenge’ tests all parts of golf – driving, chipping and putting. I was so excited to win my age category because I had been working hard and the prize was a round of golf with a European tour professional.
“It was an amazing experience. Thank you HSBC Future Falcons.”
Her efforts on the course did not go unnoticed with BISAD teachers lauding her performance.
“We are extremely proud at The British International School Abu Dhabi to see Jasmine, one of our talented sports students, competing and succeeding in sports such as golf outside of school,” said Paul Cochlin, head of PE.
“We wholly encourage our students to utilise the skills acquired within their PE lessons and school sports training, and transfer them into other activities outside of school. It is hoped Jasmine’s achievements will give confidence to more of our students in exploring other sporting opportunities.
“Moving forward, we are excited to continue working closely with the HBSC Future Falcons Golf programme in enriching our own PE curriculum for all of our students at The British International School Abu Dhabi.”
Ryan Baker, director of sport, added: “It’s fantastic that Jasmine gets the opportunity to show her talents in competitions like this. She really enjoys her golf and I am sure she will win many more in the future.”