– participants coming from five countries
Organisers of this year’s Digicel Guyana Open Golf Tournament are expecting a record number of entries in this year’s competition despite the logistical difficulty it could create.
This information was disclosed by Captain of the Lusignan Golf Club Chatterpaul Deo at the Launch of the tournament yesterday in the Boardroom of Digicel Head Office in Kingston yesterday.
Deo, who along with Club President David Mohamed, overseas-based players Roger Rajkumar and Esau Shamshuddin, Events & Sponsorship Manager of Digicel Gavin Hope and Public Relations Manager Vidya Bijlall-Sanichara were in attendance at the occasion, gave a brief account of the format change to arrive at a winner in this year’s competition, while also grabbing the opportunity to forecast the playing conditions players could expect to compete on come November 1-2.
According to Deo, the greens and fairways are in excellent shape and while the locally-based players have enjoyed good success over the past few years, the improvements that were done on the Course makes it a level playing field for all, giving the visiting players an even chance to excel.
In relation to the change in format, Deo disclosed that unlike last year when the overall winner came from the 0-9 Flight, the winner this year could emerge from the 0-9, 10-18 and 19-28 Flights.
Hope in his remarks spoke of the Company’s association with golf which according to him started five years ago when they first ventured into hosting their own tournament, before adopting the full responsibility of sponsoring the Guyana Open, a development that was born last year.
He urged Guyanese to come out and improve their knowledge of the sport which he stated has been increasing in popularity thanks to the sterling efforts of the club which strives to host a tournament almost every week.
“We have seen growth in the number of persons participating in the sport over the past 2-3 years and this is due mainly to the excellent work being done by the Club,” Hope said.
He added that from the number of countries slated to participate and the quality of the Course and players he is anticipating a keenly contested weekend and a must see for all Guyana.
Mohamed in his presentation acknowledged the partnership between the club and Digicel, informing that it has grown appreciably over the past five years and which has culminated in the sponsoship of the biggest tournament on the annual golf calendar.
“It has been a wonderful journey working with Digicel and we hope to continue to partner with them in the future,” Mohamed said.
He revealed players will be coming from Canada, USA, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname to participate in the event with just around eighty players set to tee off on opening day.
The defending male and female champions are Arvinda Kishore and Christine Sukhram.
Tee off time on opening day is 07:00 hrs.
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