While admitting that this year is going to be more challenging than previous years, defending
Ladies champion Christine Sukhram in an interview with Kaieteur Sport yesterday said she is still motivated and confident of retaining her title when the Digicel 2014 Guyana Open Golf Tournament tees off today, at the Lusignan Course.
Sukhram, who is considered the best ever local female golfer, having never lost the Guyana Open title, will face stiff competition from Joann Deo and Shaunella Webster, two players whose game has improved tremendously over the past year.
The soft spoken champion told this newspaper that her confidence is high, but added that while as a player you may enter the tournament in a rich vein of form, you never know what could happen when the actual competition starts.
Sukhram, who because of her success and standard of play over the years is usually subjected to a higher handicap, meaning that she will have to give the other players a number of shots ahead of her, still exuded confidence of doing well over the two-day event.
“I need to be on top of my game, but the consolation I have is that since I’ve returned from winning in Suriname I have continued my form, winning a few tournaments that I competed in since so I’m ready,” Sukhram said.
Commenting on the state of the Ladies game, Sukhram said that while there has been a few more on the circuit she believes there is still room for a robust recruitment drive to get more involved in the game.
Meanwhile, the Organisers have confirmed that players are expected from Canada, USA, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname.
The golfers will compete in four categories- (0-9 handicap), B Flight (10-18), C Flight (19-28) and Ladies Flight.
Tee off time is 07:00 hrs and Digicel CEO Gregory Dean is expected to make open the tournament.
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