Guyanese golfers outplay Dutch counterparts

Guyana Chronicle
March 28, 2003

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LAST weekend ten Guyanese golfers travelled to Paramaribo, Suriname, where they played in the Parbo Beer-sponsored Suriname Open Golf Tournament. The Men's A Flight (0-14 handicap) attracted 25 players and the Men's B Flight attracted 16 players.

Ramesh Amrud, Jack Chin, Colin Ming, Raj Sankar, Patrick Prashad, Joe Solomon and John Tracy played in the A flight while Brian Glasford, Maurice Solomon and Vishnu Ramjoo played in the B.

At the end of Saturday, which was the first day of play, Colin Ming was in the lead with net 63, followed by R. Flores of Curacao with net 67 and M. Kim of Suriname with net 68. Brian Glasford led the other group with net 61. Vishnu Ramjoo was third with net 67 while Maurice Solomon shot a net 70. par for the course is 69.

The second day of play was interrupted twice by two fairly long sessions of rain, which saw players stopping for shelter. After spending some 5 1/2 hours on the course, the last group finally arrived at the clubhouse. A tally of the scores showed Ming and Flores tied for the lead at net 134.

A sudden death playoff was ruled on holes 1 and 6, until the tie was broken. This however, caused some controversy as Flores was granted a 1 stroke advantage each time hole 1 is played, although his handicap was only two shots more than Ming's, over 18 holes.

On the first green, Ming, after ringing the hole on his third shot, conceded to his opponent after he had sunk for par. Ming was putting for par as well. This relegated Ming to second. Ramesh Amrud finished third with net 137.

In the B Flight however, Glasford was unchallenged with his total of net 132. This was the best net for the tournament. Vishnu Ramjoo was third with net 137 while Maurice Solomon finished with net 144.

The players returned home on Monday evening and are now looking forward to having a game with the touring West Indies and Australian cricketers, many of whom play golf. They will arrive in Guyana early next month.

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