Ten-time Guyana Open Golf Champion Avinash Persaud is currently tied for 7th position after day one of the Alacran Jamaica Open 2019 which commenced yesterday at Tryall Golf Resort in Montego Bay.
He shot 80 with a double bogey on a par 3 and bogeyed the par 5. He is hoping to shoot close to even par and make it to the final rounds in the top three today. He is the only Guyanese battling among 69 top golfers from the USA, Antigua, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago and the host nation.
Persaud won the Suriname Open in October and repeated as champion for the tenth time in the Guyana Open at the end of October. His goal is to capture titles in Jamaica, Trinidad and Barbados and to cement his place as the premiere Caribbean golfer with the hope of advancing to the world stage.
The young player has shown the ability to win under tough circumstances and is proud to represent both his country and his village of Lusignan where he has been playing for more than 20 years.
Persaud is one of the top players in the country and hopes that the expertise he has brought to the game will pave the way for other young players to rise to their full potential in the sport. The four day is a test of the skills of the players who are used to playing just two championship days of golf.
President of the Lusignan Golf Club Aleem Hussain expressed his gratitude to the team of sponsors who have allowed Persaud to have this opportunity in representing Guyana and said that it was only a matter of time before Guyana would be hosting world class events in golf.
“A lot will happen in the local market in the next year or so that will lift Guyana to be able to compete for major golf events” said Hussain who is certain that the golf landscape will change in Guyana.
“The group of supporters who agreed to fund the expenses in an effort to give Persaud and Guyana the opportunity to compete on the international stage cannot ever be fully thanked but their contributions will forever be appreciated and remembered,” said Mr. Hussain.
“We are also grateful that our Minister of Sports Dr. George Norton who is fully in support of the development of the game of golf and has been there to assist in many ways over the past few years.”
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