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Two Day Golf Tournament Ends

Mar 17, 2009, 7:15 AM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

A two-day golf championship named Belgium Trophy ended Sunday at the Gambia golf course in Fajara.

The championship attracted people from different countries such as Belgium, Denmark, Senegal, and the host country The Gambia.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony held at Jojo's Restaurant in Kololi, the Secretary of State for Youth and Sports, Honourable Sheriff Gomez, underscored the benefit golf can bring to the development of the country. He noted that golf is one of those sports that need to be supported and as a result assured them of his department's and the Government's support at all times.

The US Ambassador to The Gambia, Mr. Barry L Wells, commented that he felt honoured for being a part of a remarkable day in the history of golf in The Gambia.

"I hope and pray that golf move forward in The Gambia," he concluded.

For his part, Mr Pierre Sarr, the Belgian Consul in The Gambia, said that the day could not have come at a better time.

He seized the opportunity, to thank the sponsors Jojo's restaurant, SN Brussels Airlines, JP Chennet, KomboBeach and Robot Crosset, for making the championship a success.

He revealed that this golf championship started as an initiative of some prominent Belgian businessmen with the aim to interact with the people in The Gambia in order to take golf to higher heights.

Alagie Drammeh, a professional golf player, was crowned the champion after securing a total of 140 points, and a cash prize of D5,000.

Drammeh was closely followed by fellow Gambian Yusupha Tamba who had a total of 135 points with a cash prize of D2, 500 while his comrade and the last year winner Bakary Touray, finished 3rd with a cash prize of D1,500. The only Senegalese among the top four in the professional category was Papa Nyang who was also given a cash prize of D1, 000.

The biggest prize of the day was awarded to Inga Atlington, who won a Banjul/ Europe ticket from SN Brussels Airlines.