The Lusignan Golf Club will be the place to be this weekend as players and spectators prepare for the first major two-day event of the year, one in which all the top players in the country will compete for bragging rights.
This year, the Ministry of Business -Department of Tourism headed by Director General Donald Sinclair came on as the main sponsor for the event. Sinclair was extremely happy to be a part of the tournament stating: “With the sport of golf rising to national importance in the country, interest has grown in the game and we now have excellent golfers who are able to perform credibly on the world stage.”
This is the second year in a row that this important event will be run after many years of inactivity and companies such as Macorp, Ansa McAl and Banks DIH who have been staunch supporters of the event are on board.
“This year promises to be a magnificent showdown as many international golfers will challenge the local players for the title of best golfers in Guyana”. President of the LGC Aleem Hussain stated. This tournament will showcase the tremendous talent we have and prepare our players for the Suriname Open in a few weeks.”
The grounds staff under direct supervision of the LGC President is racing to ensure that the grounds will be in top condition for the tournament and the weather seems to be cooperating, with brilliant sunshine rapidly drying out the damp areas of the course.
As of yesterday, almost the entire course had been cut and prepped for the event and it is fully expected that it will be only left to the players to complete the grand stage. And there will be a battle because defending champion Avinash Persaud will have to fight off Munaf Arjune, Chandra Lakeraj, Richard Haniff, Mike Mangal, Patrick Prasad, Kassim ‘Suga’ Khan, Kevin and Sando Dindanauth and Aleem Hussain to retain his title.
In the other Men’s Flights, there will be fierce competition as the huge expected field jostles for the winners circle with top players such as Troy Cadogan, Guillermo Escarraga, Miguel Oviedo, Angel Amaris, Mario Acuna, Jordi Pinol, Jeremy Fernandes, George Bulkan, Ivan Gavira, Mauro Gamargo-Ramiro, Aasrodeen Shaw, Carlos Carbo, Clifford Reis, Ian Gouveia, Imtiaz Subhan, Lekhnarine Shivraj, Mahindra ‘Rommel” Bhagwandin, Ayube Subhan, Mahindranauth Tewari, Maxim Mangra, Parmanand ‘Max’ Persaud, Pur Persaud, Pope Emanuel London, Rabindranauth Persaud, Robert Hanoman, Maurice Solomon, William Walker, Brian Hackett, Jax Harry, Brian Glasford, Roy Cummings, Pandit Haresh Tiwari, Robin Tiwari, Paton George, Eon Blue, Kalyan Tiwari, Mike Guyadin, Lloyd Fungafat, Colin Ming, Carlos Adams, Rohan Albert, Hardeo ‘Curry’ Ganpat, Pastor Ragnauth, David Harry, Mark Lashley, and Gavin Todd along with approximately 12 other local and international golfers expected to participate along with Past Presidents Hilbert Shields, Jerome Khan and Oncar Ramroop.
Then in what promises to be the largest and most competitive women’s field in a long time, 9-time Guyana Open Women’s Champion Christine Sukhram will make her first 2019 appearance in an effort to show that she is still the top women’s golfer in the country whilst former Guyana Open women’s Champions Shanella Webster and Dr. Joaan Deo along with Anasha Ally, Errin Mitchell, Kari Emhling and Eureka Giddings will do their best to wrest top honors.
Sukhram, who has dominated the women’s field for many years, will be tested this year but feels that her talent and ability will withstand the competition. With lots of trophies provided by the sponsor of the event, beautiful weather and a well prepared ground, spectators are urged to come see the best golfers in Guyana showcase their individual talent and learn just how intense the competition is in this amazing sport.
Competition starts early tomorrow and Sunday and spectators can join the players on the course or for the presentation and celebration in the afternoons. For more information on the game, tournament, activities etc, contact can be made with the Club at 220 5660 or visit their Facebook page- lusignan golf club.
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