Rookie Parmanand Persaud sets new record at LGC Oct 18
Parmanand Persaud on Saturday 18th October set a new record at LGC as himself, Kishan Bacchus and Vijay Deo walked away with wins in their flight categories.
As if fascinated by his brother rookie ‘Pur’ Persaud’s win in the COURTS tournament 19-28 flight category on 6th September after only a year of play, younger brother Parmanand ‘Max’ Persaud outdid all previous plays to score a fantastic 58 in the same category after only seven months of play. Compared to the rookies one-year wins of Pur (net 68) in September and Balgobin Ragnauth (net 68) who won in the Club Tournament of Monday 6th October, Parmanand not only won in his category but set a record for it, eclipsing President David Mohamad’s record net 62 of Demerara Mutual’s July 6th tournament this year.
Parmanand, who first held a golf club only in April 2014, felt he won because of his mental posture. “I practiced hard,” he said, “I’ve been practicing all week, and my drives were very good but, most of all, I stayed focused and concentrated on my game. There were a few bad patches, but I did not let them throw back my game. I blanked them out and stayed focused!”
President Mohamad, who organized the day’s tournament, in which some 39 golfers participated, said, “I want golfers to be as prepared as possible for the competitive play of the Guyana Open on November 1st and 2nd.”
The winners in the different flights of the medal play tournament were as follows: 0-9 handicap flight, (called the championship flight), – 1st Vijay Deo 9/66, 2nd Avinash Persaud 4/67, and 3rd, Sunil Loutan 8/70; 10-18 h/cap flight – 1st Kishan Bacchus 16/67, 2nd Kevin Budram 15/68 and 3rd Club Treasurer, Haresh Tewari 17/73; 19-28 h/cap flight – 1st Parmanand Persaud 28/58, 2nd Kalyan Tiwari 22/66, and 3rd Patanjalee ‘Pur’ Persaud 28/67; and Ladies Flight – 1st Christine Sukhram 9/72, 2nd Joaan Deo 20/76; Best Gross was won by Avinash Persaud (71), while Nearest to The Pin was won by Arvinda ‘Ganguly’ Kishore.
Guyana’s performance in the Suriname Open
In the Suriname Open Golf tournament of 4-5 October, 2014, played on the Stableford format, nine golfers from Guyana participated. Noteworthy performances were returned by Christine Sukhram, Alfred Mentore, and Patanjalee ‘Pur’ Persaud.
Christine produced the best gross ( 1st day 80, 2nd day 78) each day of the two-day play, and so received the overall Best Gross prize in her A Class. Veteran Alfred Mentore won the Longest Drive in his class – the championship class – produced the best gross of 78 on the 2nd day (with a 79 on the 1st day) and ended up overall 5th in his class. Rookie ‘Pur’ Persaud, playing for just over a year now, and given a handicap of 24, produced noteworthy play to be 6th in his class. They have maintained honour for Guyana, as last year we also won positions in the Suriname Open, rookie Shanella Webster winning in her class, and Christine Sukhram placing well.
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