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2014 Gambia Open and Pro-AM kicks off today

Jun 12, 2014, 9:44 AM

The 2014 Gambia Open and Pro-AM golf competition will today Thursday 12 June 2014 get underway at the Fajara Golf Course.

The tournament to be played under the patronage of the President of the Republic of the Gambia is as part of events marking the commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the 22nd July Revolution.

The Gambia Open and Pro-AM golf tournament is organised by the Gambia Golf Association in partnership with the Fajara Club, from 12 to 15 June 2014.

The sponsors of the tournament include: Gambia Tourism Board, Binter Canarias S. A., Lady Njaimeh Jawara, Multi-Trade (Gambia) Ltd., Green Mamba Restaurant, GreenTech Environmental Solutions, and Ebrima Jawara, President of the GGA.

The tournament will be played in accordance with the Rules of Golf as established by The R&A and the Local Rules as approved by the Fajara Club Golf Committee.

The Professionals’ stage of the Tournament will be medal over three rounds of 18 holes (a total of 54 holes), to be played over 2 days - 36 holes on Thursday 12 June 2014 and 18 holes on Friday 13 June 2014.

In the event of a tie, a sudden death playoff for 1st place will be held immediately following the completion of the final round. This will be held on the 1st hole of the Fajara Golf Course.

The playoff will continue on this same hole until a winner is declared. If weather or daylight halts the playoff at any time (to be determined by the head rules official), the players will be deemed co-champions and share the prize monies accordingly.

The Amateurs will play one round of stableford on Saturday 14 June 2014. Ties in any category will be decided on the highest stableford points for the back nine. If a tie still arises, the scores will be decided on the last 6, or 3 or 1.

The specimen conditions in the Rules of Golf are in effect regarding Conforming Driver Heads, Golf Balls, Time of Starting and Slow Play.

In the event of play being either delayed or declared null and void for any round, additional play will be at the discretion of the head rules official.

All competitors are subject to the provisions of the GGA Anti-Doping Policy.

Competitors are advised to register immediately on arrival at Fajara Golf Course.

Entrants must conform in all respects to the Rules of Amateur Status as approved by The R&A.

Each winner shall own and keep their prize monies and trophies.

The GGA reserves the right to amend these conditions and the decision of the GGA will in all matters, be final.

These terms and conditions shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the Laws of The Gambia.

The prizes for professional are as follows: winner D40,000 (USD1,000), second position D20,000 (USD500), third position D12,000 (USD300), fourth position D4,000 (USD100) and fifth position D2,000 (USD50).

The amateurs prizes are as follows: Men: First: Trophy and return air ticket: Banjul - Gran Canaria – Banjul, Second: Trophy and Third: Trophy.

Ladies: First: Trophy and return air ticket: Banjul - Gran Canaria – Banjul, Second: Trophy.

Other prizes include: Men Longest Drive – Hole No 1: Trophy, Ladies Longest Drive – Hole No 3: Trophy, Longest Putt – Hole No 13: Trophy, Nearest the Pin – Hole No 5: Trophy and Special prizes.

Pro-Am Teams will comprise one professional and one amateur with the Professional members of the team that wins to receive D3,000 (USD75.00), the second will receive D2,000 (USD50.00) while the Amateurs will receive trophies.