Oct 26, 2010, 12:20 PM
Students of the Gambia Golf Association (GGA) have received their first lesson at the association's Golf Academy at the Fajara Golf Course on 16 September 2010.
The programme consisted of 10 lessons covering the history of golf equipment, etiquette, the swing, stretching exercise, rules of golf, and practical lessons including chipping, putting, approaching, and driving.
At the end of the programme, the students are expected to have good theoretical and practical foundation of the game of golf.
The GGA hopes that the setting up of the academy will encourage more Gambians from all walks of life to take up the sport. The GGA has therefore decided to encourage participation in the sport free of charge. All the equipment are as well as provided free of charge to the applicants.
Fajara Club was also generous enough to allow the GGA to use the golf course free of charge.
The academy is open to everyone from the age of 12 on a first-come first-serve basis. Each applicant will be allocated a GGA-certificated golf teaching professional.
The teaching pro and the student will work out a timetable and go through the programme at a mutually agreed pace. On average a student should complete the programme in 6 weeks.
The academy is being administered by Ms Suzanne Lanfermeijer, who is on a two-year volunteer contract with the GGA. She processes applicant registration forms and allocates students to teaching professionals.
In another development, on 21 September 2010, the weekly professional golf competition organised and sponsored by The Gambia Golf Association was played at the Fajara Golf Course. Gibou Jallow emerged winner of the competition with a gross score of 61, level par in sixteen holes.
Tijan Kuyateh came out second with a gross score of 65, 4 over par in sixteen holes.
Bakary Touray took third position with a gross score of 69, 8 over par in sixteen holes while Alagie Drammeh finished fourth position with a gross score of 71, 11 over par in sixteen holes.
Pa Famara J. J. Jatta and Lamin Jammeh were both disqualified for arriving late for the competition.
In the Amateurs category, Suzanne Lanfermeijer came out the winner with a net score of 65 while Omar Jadama occupied second position with a net score of 68.