The Royal Golf Club is delighted to announce the selection of Riyad Al Saie as the 2017 Gent’s Club Captain and Stacey Thomas as the Lady Club Captain.
Riyad was born in Muharraq, Bahrain in 1961. He holds an MBA in Banking from the University of Birmingham, UK and has worked in the banking sector for over 25 years. Currently he serves as a board member in a number of financial institutions in Bahrain.
Riyad has been a member of RGC for over 15 years and during this period; he as a member of Arcapita Management Team, the bank oversaw the development of Riffa Views, sponsoring the the European Senior Tour in 2004 &2005 and the construction of a new driving range at Bahrain Golf Club, Riffa.
In his capacity as Men Captain, Riyad wishes to work with RGC management, Women Captain and Vice Captain, members and sponsors to fulfill the following goals:
1. Facilitate and improve members experience at RGC
2. Improve the communication flow between RGC management and its members
3. Promote RGC and try to bring new members to the club
4. Enhance the social image of RGC through the support of selected charity organizations
5. Promote Bahrain as a golf destination through sponsoring regional and international golf tournaments with the assistance of Bahrain Economic Board (EDB).
Stacey was born and raised in Durban, South Africa, where her family still resides. She is a Chartered Accountant, CA(SA) who worked as an auditor and financial manager before relocating to Bahrain.
Although she played both netball and volleyball it was not until 2006 that she took up the game of golf. She was addicted for life on making a chip in birdie in her first round on the last hole of a local nine hole course in Johannesburg. Stacey has been a member of the Houghton Golf Club and Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club before joining Royal Golf Club Bahrain. She is the 2016 Ladies Club Champion.
During Stacey’s tenure as Captain, she hopes to work with RGC management, Men’s Captain, Vice Captains, Members and Sponsors to:
1.Improve member experience
a. Be the conduit between the members and the club management and staff
b. Improve the levels of the knowledge of rules and etiquette
c. Enable lady golfers to recognise improvement in their golfing abilities outside of just handicap cuts
2.Increase exposure for the club
a. Community contribution through the Ladies Charity Committee
b. Continue with the tradition of the Annual Charity Golf Day
c. Facilitate ad hoc fun events aimed at engaging the non-member community