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Baby Mariam Jammeh Golf Tourney kicks off today

Feb 11, 2011, 1:43 PM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

Baby Mariam Jammeh's Golf Tournament sponsored by the President of the Republic of The Gambia, Sheikh Professor Dr. Alhaji Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh will kick off at the Fajara Golf Course today, Pointsport can reveal.

The Gambian leader, who sponsored the first prize professional golf tournament recently, has once again come up with another big sponsorship package of US$40,000 for the competition.  

The competition, scheduled to take place from 11 to 17 February 2011 is expected to bring together both professional and amateur golfers across Africa, Europe and America.

Speaking to this reporter ahead of the eagerly anticipated president’s sponsored golf tournament on Wednesday at the golf course, Ebrima Jawara, president of the Gambia Golf Association, said: "The tournament is sponsored by the President of the Republic of the Gambia who came up with a sponsorship of 40,000 US Dollars."

Jawara added that at the moment everything about the tournament is going as planned, saying the course is in good condition and the professional golfers have been practising for the past three weeks for the tournament.

For his part, Tijan Kuyateh, a professional golfer of the Gambia Golf Association, who is expected to take part in the big tournament, said they have been practising 36 holes every day for almost three weeks in order to come up with a good result when the competition gets underway.

Kuyateh said that this time around they have a better chance to play real golf because they will play 36 holes in two days, noting that if you are to play 36 holes in a day you need to be physically and mentally strong for the task.

Fakebba Drammeh, aka Tiger woods, who won the President Jammeh's first prize golf tournament recently, is still considered the firm favourite to claim the accolade once again.

And when our reporter asked Kuyateh why Tiger is dominating the golf in the country, Kuyateh responded saying there is a time for every player, adding that "what people fail to understand" is the fact that every golf player has his best moment.

"There was a time when I was the best professional golfer in The Gambia; so we must understand that and believe on ourselves that we can come out first this time around," said Kuyateh.