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GGA invited to take part in two major Int’l golf competitions

Sep 3, 2013, 9:18 AM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

The Gambia Golf Association (GGA) has been invited to take part in two major international golf tournaments to take place in September and in November/December this year.

The tournaments are the Ghana Open Golf Championship 2013 to be held from 20 to 23 September 2013, which is an amateur event for this year, and the Sierra Leone International Competition to be held at the Freetown Golf Club from 28 November to 1 December 2013 in Sierra Leone.

The Ghana Open Golf Championship will be hosted at the Tema Country Golf Club.

Tema is the nickname for the Meridian City since the Greenwich Meridian passes through the city and is the closest habitable landmass to the intersection of the Equator and the Greenwich Meridian.

The date chosen, 21st September, commemorates the birthday of Ghana’s past President, the late Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, who was voted the African Personality of the Millennium.

The Sierra Leone competition will be played under the Rules of Golf as approved by the R & A rules and the by-laws and local rules as approved by Freetown Golf Club (FGC), according to the organisers.

The competition will be played over 72 holes, 18 holes per day for 4 days, 28 Nov – 1 Dec 2013.

There will be a cut after the first 2 days. In the event of a tie for the first place there will be a play-off over holes 17 and 18.

The winner will be decided on a ‘sudden death’ basis, added the organisers.

The organisers also said the tournament is open to professional players duly registered with their country’s golf association, and their respective home clubs.

FGC reserves the right to limit the total number of players entered.

Each player has to pay an entrance fee of USD25 or the equivalent in SLL (Sierra Leone Leones), stated the invitation sent to the GGA, which added that entries close on Friday 25 October 2013, and late entries “will not be accepted”.

A prize will be presented to the winner, and there will be a cash purse of USD25,000, whereof the winner will receive USD 10,000, and the balance will be allotted to the other top 19 players, the invitation letter said further.

Decisions and disputes of any kind will be dealt with by the Tournament Committee appointed by the Sierra Leone Golf Union, represented by the FGC, the letter concluded.