February 25, 2018

Govt, UG throw weight behind 2018 Golf projects

Lusignan Golf Club (LGC) President Aleem Hussain said recent talks with Members of Parliament among other dignitaries will help to further raise the level of the sport in 2018.

UG Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dr Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith (centre) is flanked by some of his
students from the golf programme during a recent training session at the campus

Golf got off to an amazing start in 2018, hosting three tournaments in succession; the trophy Stall Open, an LGC Organized Open and the 7th annual Speedy Memorial all in the month of January and Hussain hinted that much more will follow.
During a recent interview with Guyana Times International Sport Hussain told that while golf has been making strides on the field recently; more progress off the course is being made as well. Recently, Hussain said that he met with a few high-profile individuals, including Minister of State Joseph Harmon as well and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Professor Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith.
Hussain revealed that following his discussion with Minister Harmon on Monday, he was pleased by the feedback regarding the LGC’s ongoing project to turn the facility into a multi-complex sport and recreational venue.
He said that the Minister was excited about the prospects of where golf will go as well as what the LGC has planned to reach out to not only sportsmen and women, but to all facets of the country’s leisurely and ceremonial needs.
Regarding the meetings with Professor Griffith, the LGC boss said that the University head was happy to have his students involved in golf. Since the year begun, LGC have teamed up with the students to form a golf association.
The students and the LGC executives have been meeting on a weekly basis where they engage in numerous fundamental practices of the sport. Hussain said since the initiative took off, more and more students have been coming onboard and the Chancellor has since lauded the strides made.
Recently, Dr. Griffith attended the one of the sessions held on the makeshift greens at the University’s Turkeyen campus and according to Hussain, the UG head was blown away by the turnout as quite a number of students seemed interested in the sport.
Hussain added that the Professor was adamant that the relationship will grow and the venture will blossom in the future, adding that he fully supports the project. Additionally, members of the CARICOM Secretariat who according to Hussain have also signaled their intentions to be part of the Club are set to visit the course for some friendly action this Sunday.
Meanwhile, the LGC held their first of many Domino tournaments last Sunday with participation from numerous teams. In attendance was Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson, Ansa Mcal Marketing executive Troy Cadogan and others who came out for a day of fun and games.
In the end, the $50,000 1st place prize went to All About Domino team while Double Black Domino Team walked away with the 2nd place purse of $20,000 while the Club 17 team took away the third place prize of $15,000. (Clifton Ross)