COURTS, celebrating their 21st birthday in Guyana, made quite a fuss about their annual sponsored golf tournament last Saturday, 6 September, at the Lusignan Golf Club (LGC), and the Golfers vindicated that fuss with exciting play, as more than 40 eager golfers teed off at 12 noon for the first tournament after 3 weeks of unplayable ground condition.
Following the press conference Thursday, COURTS Country Manager, Clyde De Haas himself was on hand early at the LGC to do the ceremonial tee-off, and stayed for the day’s play and presentation ceremony. Also present from COURTS were Public Relations and Promotions Officer, Ms Roberta Ferguson, and Director of Credit, Mr Kenneth Scrub.
Noting that the grounds were now up to quite good standard, President David Mohamad intimated that the LGC was “extremely grateful and delighted for the willing COURTS sponsorship of Saturday’s flight-system medal play competition,” since it afforded local golfers a practice session for the up-coming November two-day Guyana Open tournament, which usually attracts players from Canada, the USA, Europe, the Caribbean and South America.
Winners in the Tournament were; for the 1st Flight (0 – 9 handicappers) were, veteran Patrick Prashad – handicap 8 net 74, and the phenomenal 19-year old Avinda ‘Gangully’ Kishore – handicap 3 net 75; for the 2nd flight, (10 – 18 handicappers) seasoned players Rishi Sukhram – handicap 10, net 68, and Ian Gouveia – handicap 16, net 69; and for the 3rd flight, rookies Pur Persaud – handicap 28, net 68, and Mahendra Bhagwandin – handicap 28, net 69.
The female flight top spot was carted away by young player Juliet Prince – handicap 36, net 69, who outdistanced her female competitors by a clear 5 points.
The winners’ final scores give a clear indication of how exciting the play was. (A handicap is the number of points the player gets as an advantage, and is subtracted from the players gross total to determine his net score, which is the value used to evaluate how winners are placed.)
In two male flights, the top scores were 68 and 69 and in the female flight the top score was also 69.
Female flight winner Juliet Prince said, “I was really excited at my good play, and I want to thank Archbishop London for the coaching and encouragement prior to the game!” Winner of the 3rd flight rookie Pur Persaud explained that, “Today’s tournament marked one year since I have been introduced to golf and held a golf club. I am really excited about the game and especially about winning today. I like the feel, and want to maintain this winning streak. I hope to win tomorrow too!”
2nd flight winner Rishi Sukhram felt it was all in a day’s play. He noted he was not getting enough practice these days due to work, nonetheless, he beamed, “I had an eagle on hole 11, and some excellent single putts that gave me good pars today!”
Veteran golfer Patrick Prashad, winner of the 1st flight, indicated, “I’m happy for my win on 2 counts; firstly I beat my buddies with whom we have our own private competition, secondly it helps my mind maintain my aspiration to par the course. Winning is great, but my greatest competition is with the course – I want to par this course!” (To par the course a player would need to score a gross of 70. Patrick has scored a gross of 71 in his experience.)
Nearest To the Pin prize was won by Mohanlall ‘Santo’ Dinanauth, who Saturday became only the second player in the Club’s history to score a hole-in-one stroke, during a tournament. This he did at hole #4, the same hole that Joaan Deo was the first to score the hole-in-one some 5 years ago.
Reviewing the day’s play at the presentation ceremony, Club President, David Mohamad, made mention of the improved play of female player Juliet Prince, and congratulated her. He also extended LGC’s congratulations to COURTS on their 21st birthday, and thanked the representatives there for the sterling support of COURTS.
COURTS Country Manager Clyde De Haas, in his brief closing remarks, in addition to congratulating the winners, commented “I thought today’s competition was an excellent game, on an excellent day. I moved around and saw some great swings. Thanks for having us here today, and we look forward to next time.”
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