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GOLFERS: Members of the Muslim and Jewish communities in Leeds came together last week for the first ever ‘Community Cup’

GOLFERS: Members of the Muslim and Jewish communities in Leeds came together last week for the first ever ‘Community Cup’

Inter-faith golf tournament to be first of many in Leeds

Members of Leeds’ Muslim and Jewish communities were ‘putt’ together last weekend for a special round of golf, targeted at strengthening cultural relationships in the city.

The inaugural ‘Community Cup’ saw two teams of 12 golfers, drive, chip and putt their way to the final hole at Leeds Golf Centre in what is hoped to be the first of many annual events staged between the two faith groups.

Kicking off with breakfast, the teams then went out to take on the Wike Ridge Championship course, and finished the day with food in Nineteen Bar and Grill.

The idea to start the Community Cup came from Naveen Ahmed, Managing Director of Parklane Group of Companies who owns Leeds Golf Centre, and his friends, including Altaf Sadiq, Jeremy Barnett and Danny Taylor, who are both part of the Jewish Golf Society.

Naveen explains: “We were playing golf one day and we thought, wouldn’t it be great to start an annual golfing tournament to strengthen our local community.

TEE OFF: After 18 holes on Leeds Golf Centre’s Wike Ridge Championship course, the Jewish representatives claimed victory

TEE OFF: After 18 holes on Leeds Golf Centre’s Wike Ridge Championship course, the Jewish representatives claimed victory

“Leeds is home to a diverse range of communities and we wanted to create an event which celebrates and builds relationships between cultures and ethnicities. The day went really well and everyone really enjoyed it.”

He continued: “Due to its launch success, we plan to run the tournament annually, with the hope of expanding it across the country and getting different societies involved.”

Meanwhile, Danny reiterated his fellow golf enthusiast’s comments and hoped to compete again next year as relations continue to grow in the city.

“It was a unique occasion, enjoyed by all, and played in the best of golfing traditions, despite the autumnal conditions,” he added.

“It is hoped that this competition will become an annual event, which will help build strong relationships through sport and a shared passion for golf.”

The winner of this year’s Community Cup was the Muslim team who edged their opponents in a close contest, 165-162.

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