Captain 2021, Dr Abdulaziz Yousif, joined the Royal Golf Club (former Riffa Golf Club) when it was established in 2000, but got the golfing bug in Scotland back in 1974 when he was first introduced to the game by his late father-in-law. He recalls the first time he held a golf club, a hickory shaft club, and after a dozen unsuccessful attempts to hit the ball, he finally caught it and launched the ball into the air - from that moment on he was hooked.
Despite his work as Head of Microbiology in Salmaniya Medical Centre, teaching at Arabian Gulf University plus running a private laboratory, he still found time for the game. In the Bahraini golfing community, he is known as a “Swing Fixer”.
Since Dubai became the golfers Mecca in the Middle East, the Doc has taken part in many Pro Ams, playing with Sir Nick Faldo, Ernie Els, Miguel Jimenez, Cabrera Bello and many other golfing stars. His highlight was receiving an invitation to US Masters in 2006 from Mark O’Meara.
Ladies Captain 2021
Johanna grew up in a small prairie town in Western Canada, where her family's sports included curling in the winter and golf in the summer. Johanna learned to golf at an early age, taught by her father, Bill. Like most people, Johanna was exposed to many sports during her formative years and focused on basketball, volleyball and soccer until moving to Bahrain where she rekindled a love for golf, the seeds of which had been sown many years earlier.
Johanna moved to Bahrain in 2014 with her two children, Lucy and Ryle, and her husband, Denis. Johanna quickly discovered the Royal Golf Club where she and her family were welcomed as Wee Monty Members until she was encouraged to join the Ladies' group by then-Captain Anne Quintino. The two aspects of golf that Johanna enjoys most are the Ladies group, with the friendships that have resulted, and the various competitions organized to bring people together in the spirit of community and the love of the game of golf, especially scrambles where she can play as a team with her family.
For the 2021-2022 season, Johanna hopes to continue to support the impressive legacy of past Lady Captains by fostering a welcoming and stimulating environment for golfers to improve and enjoy the game of golf through competition and camaraderie. Happy Golfing!
Men's Vice Captain 2021
Ronan grew up in Belfast and has been in Bahrain since 2007, coming via Dublin and Cambridge. He has worked as a teacher at St Christophers's Junior School since arriving on the island and that is where he met his lovely wife and long-suffering golf widow, Sarah.
He manager to get a few rounds on the old Riffa Golf Course before it was closed and has been a member of RGC since it opened in January 2009. If he's not at the course playing, there's a fair chance that he's watching, reading or talking about golf somewhere.
Ronan's favourite memories of RGC so far are caddying for former world number 1 Suzann Pettersen when she visited for the Bahrain Invitational tournament in 2012 and having the oppourtunity to play in a professional event when the MENA tour was hosted by the club in February 2020.
Ladies Vice Captain 2021
Anne is from the south east of the Netherlands. She has a Master’s degree in law from the University of Nijmegen where she met her husband Robert. They left the Netherlands for Robert‘s work in 1997 and moved to Bahrain with two small children. Anne and Robert are proud to be one of the first founding Members of the then Riffa Golf Club.
In 2000 the Timmers family moved to Luxemburg, where their youngest was born. After a few years in Europe it was then back to the Middle East (Dubai) where they became Members at Troon Montgomerie Golf Club for 4 years. Anne had great experiences as a marshal at the Dubai Desert Classic where she saw Tiger Woods play (and Roger Federer watching him!)
Having picked up golf in her thirties but never really taking it seriously, Anne’s attitude towards competitions really changed when she won the Race to Augusta at the Royal Golf Club in 2021. With a lot of practice and help from the on-site PGA Golf Professionals, she has finally managed to bring her handicap down!