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1st AGM for Gambia Golf Association

Jun 2, 2010, 1:32 PM | Article By: Cherno O. Bobb

The Gambia Golf Association (GGA) on Monday 31st May 2010, held its first Annual General Meeting at Tropicana.

Speaking at the occasion, the President of the Gambia Golf Association, Ebrima Jawara, said less than a year ago the then Gambia Professional and Amateurs Golfers Association was dissolved and the Gambia Golf Association was created after this dissolution.

"I am deeply honoured and humbled to be selected the President of the Gambia Golf Association, despite starting with no funds, no office and no dedicated staff," he stated.

According to him, all they had was a constitution and 8 members who have passion for the game and willing to sacrifice their time, no matter what.

Jawara also said that on 27 September 2009, the Gambia Golf Association was formally launched at a workshop in Fajara Club, noting that in November the same year the GGA website, www.gambiagolfassociation.com was fully operational, and in December the same year saw them holding their maiden annual golf tournament at the Fajara Club.

He said in April 2010, for the first time the Gambia Professional Golfers had traveled outside the country under the aegis of the GGA, with proper representation and travel insurance. He disclosed that during such trips, Fakebba Drammeh, alias Tiger Woods won the Kenya Airlines Trophy, one of the biggest tournaments in the Senegalese golfing calendar.

He added "a few days later, Tijan Kuyateh came 4th in the Senegal Open," noting that "these two have demonstrated that with increased sponsorship, better equipment and coaching, Gambia Golf Professionals can achieve anything, and proudly fly our flag anywhere in the world."

Jawara stated that the GGA weekly professional tournament which kicked-off in February 2010 is now a regular fixture in The Gambia's golfing calendar. He disclosed that GMD10, 000 prize money was disbursed among the winners.

The competition which started as a 12 hole tournament, has since developed to 16 holes and would eventually be a full round of 18 holes.

Lady Njameh Jawara, a veteran golfer and also the wife of the former President of the Republic of the Gambia, Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara, who is the patron of the GGA, donated D10, 000 to the association.

Other speakers at the occasion included Abdoul Aziz Mendy, the Development Officer of the National Sports Council, Tony Tabbal, Treasurer, who presented the financial report and Modou Drammeh, the newly elected Secretary-General of the association, replaced George Senghore, who resigned as the Secretary-General, but still remains a member of the association.