Veteran golfer Rishi Sukhram, just returned from the previous weekend’s three-day Barbados Open Golf Tournament where he placed fourth in his 0-9 Flight, was all smiles as he related that his win in the same flight category at the Trophy Stall Golf Tournament last Saturday was “Easy!” Rishi was winning for the third successive tournament he played at Lusignan this month as on the double header 6th and 7th September tournaments he returned the same net of 68, playing then off a 10 handicap.
“The different condition of the greens in the Barbados Course contributed to a few more strokes than I should have had, but the experience was a rewarding one, and I played a good game. Rain prevented the first day’s play so that Tournament was over two days instead of three,” he stated. On the Ladies side phenomenal Shanella Webster, who placed first in her category in the Suriname Open last year, and also second in the Ladies Flight in the Guyana Open last year, and who has had several wins since then, continued her winning streak.
“Thanks to my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and to my coach, His Holiness, Dr Philbert London, who has us up at 4:00 a.m. in order to be at practice for 5:30 until about 9:30 at least 2 days in the week!”, a delighted Webster pointed out.
Congrats to the Executive of the Club are in order! President David Mohamad, who set a record net 60 earlier this year and has been in the first 5 in many recent competitions, Vice President Dr Philbert London, who has also been winning, and Club Captain Chatterpaul Deo, all received prizes for excellent play last Saturday. The President and Vice were first and second in their category, while the Captain won the Nearest to The Pin prize. The President also won the Best Net trophy.
Playing in four Flights, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places were won by the following players respectively: – 0–9 Flight – Rishi Sukhram 8/70, Avinash Persaud 3/73, and Imran Khan 7/74 ; 10–18 Flight – Bhowlaram Deo 16/71, Sam Harry 11/74 and Kishan Bacachus 15/76; 19-28 Flight – Club President, David Mohamad 20/68, Vice President Dr Philbert London 25/68 and consistent rookie Pur Persaud 28/68; Ladies Flight – phenomenal Shanella Webster 23/69 and consistent Joaan Deo 20/77. Other trophies were awarded for Nearest to The Pin and Best Net.
Sponsor of the Tournament, Managing Director of Trophy Stall, Mr Ramesh Sunich, was regrettably absent and expressed those sentiments.
Past Club President – with an outstanding record of excellent presidency, Mr Hilbert Shields, – himself a winner of many trophies at the Golf Club, ably represented Mr Sunich. Conveying Mr Sunich’s pleasure at sponsoring the Tournament, Mr Shields explained that, “Before 15 years ago, trophies were hard to come by for the sport, and had to be imported. When Mr Sunich opened up the Trophy Stall he immediately agreed to support the Golf Club and contributed many trophies or gave regular discounts on trophies to encourage Golf in Guyana. Now he has moved to the place where for some 5 years he has also become a sponsor of Golf Tournaments.” Club Captain, ‘Chen’ Deo was very appreciative of the condition of the Golf Course and of the performance of the golfers. He noticed that there were some slight winds, but the golfers gave very good performance as indicated by the closeness of the scores of the winners.
Of special note was golfer Pur Persaud’s 3rd place in his category. Pur has been returning a consistently good net score since – though playing for only one year, he won his first game with a net 68 on 6th September. He indicated then that he liked the winning feel and hopes to continue winning! He returned a net 71 to place 2nd on the 7th, and returned a net 68 again, to place 3rd, last Saturday.
This weekend some 18 club members will travel to Suriname for the Suriname Open Golf Tournament on 4th and 5th October.
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