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Yusupha Conteh wins Captain’s Day Golf tourney

Jan 20, 2014, 8:17 PM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

Yusupha Conteh, a Gambian golfer and member of the Fajara Club, has emerged as the overall winner of the Captain’s Day Golf Tournament played at the Fajara Golf Course yesterday, 19 January 2014.

Mr Conteh emerged as winner of the competition with a storming score of 45 points. Peter Miller came out winner in category 1 with a score of 37points.

The Qatari Ambassador to The Gambia, Muhammed Al Kaabi, was winner of the category 2 with 40 points.

Inga Adlington emerged as winner of the ladies with 37 points. Prize vouchers were awarded to all amateur winners.

Fa Kebba Drammeh alias Gambia Tiger Woods came out winner in the professional category with a medal score of 67. He received a prize of D5,000.

Yusupha Tamba took second position with a medal score of 68 and received a prize of D3,000.

Dodou Kassama, Bakary Touray and Gibou Jallow were tight up on third position. Each received a prize of D1,000. 

Allen Collins, Fajara Club Captain, speaking to Pointsports shortly after the awarding of prizes to various winners, said he was very pleased that the turnout this year was good.

The tournament was played in two categories with 9 professionals playing last week and producing very good scores, he added, saying 43 amateurs turned out to compete in several categories.

Mr Collins thanked the professionals for the turnout for his competition, as well as the various amateurs who came out to compete in his tournament.

He said Yusupha Conteh’s name (overall winner of the competition) will be engraved on the Captain’s Cup and placed at the Fajara Club.

The tournament is held annually and depends on the captain at the time to decide on what type of tournament he requires, the Fajara Club captain said, adding that he has been fortunate to be captain for this past year.

“We have our Annual General Meeting next week where it is possible that I will be re-elected as captain for a second term and in which case we should have another captain’s day tournament for professionals and amateurs about the same time next year,” he remarked.

Improvements are ongoing at the Fajara Golf Course, which happens every year, “because we have a rainy season and a dry season”, he said, adding that at the end of the rainy season they prepare for the dry season.

“Work is constantly going on, on the golf course in terms of improving the browns and fairways and this year we have a lot of work going on such as measuring the course with laser equipment,” he went on, saying they are now in a position to say the yardages and the metering of the course is 100 per cent correct.

There are new T markings which indicate the exact yardage and meters, fairway markers which indicates the exact distance to the centre of the brown, he also said, adding that he is very pleased that this has happened, and they will shortly be issuing new score cards to reflect this changes, as this is a great benefit not only to amateurs but also to members of the club, visitors to The Gambia and to their professionals as well.

“It is important that we push the game of golf forward within The Gambia,” he pointed out, saying: “One of the things I am absolutely delighted about is that the Fajara Club and Gambia Golf Association are now working closely together having resolved any differences.”

The Fajara Club captain noted further:  “I look forward to I myself rejoining the Gambia Golf Association to indicate how well things are going.

“I would love to see the game of golf improve in The Gambia. We are certainly having a lot of visitors but I would like to see more professional tournaments and my greatest wish is to see the youth of The Gambia taking up the game so that we can develop it for them as they get older.”