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GUYANA

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2013 I T ’ S T E E T I M E I N T H E L A N D O F M A N Y WA T E R S

No Putt Intended The Funny Side of Golf The 2nd Edition of the President’s Cup Tournament Golf Gift Guide

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2013 The Publisher of the 2013 Guyana Golf Magazine thanks the Executives, members and staff of the Lusignan Golf Club, the sponsors, contributors and supporters for your invaluable support in making this year’s edition a success.

Welcome to Guyana - Quick Facts

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Publisher: Simeon L Corbin Managing Editor: Coretta Corbin-Rival

A conversation with LGC President Jerome Khan

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The Golf Gift Guide

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About LGC

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Flashback to the 2012 XM Rum Guyana Open Golf Championship

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The 2nd Annual President’s Cup Tournament

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Any Given Day @ Lusignan Golf Club

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The 2013 Digicel Guyana Open Tournament

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Tournament Winners: Oct. 2012 - Nov. 2013

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A Moment in Golf

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No Putt Intended - The Funny Side of Golf

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Administrative Manager: Tiya Peterkin Layout: Mark James Sales / Marketing: Tiya Peterkin and Sophia Ramphal Writers: Simeon L Corbin, George Gooding, Anita Singh,William Henry, Kenya Jeffers, Adrian David Photography: Simeon Corbin, Orlando Charles, Carl Croker, Troy Peters, Arian Browne, Jerome Khan Acknowledgement: Lusignan Golf Club, Harriram Manniram and Elizabeth Rampersaud The Guyana Golf Magazine (GGM) is an annual glossy publication done to promote the sport locally, regionally and internationally. GGM is available for free distribution at the end of October each year. Copyright © 2013 Corbin Media Group, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction of editorial content in whole or in part without permission from the Publisher is prohibited. Corbin Media Group, Inc. does not assume responsibility for advertisements, nor any representation made therein, nor the quality or deliverability of the products themselves. Reproduction of articles, illustrations and photographs in whole or part contained herein without expressed consent from the Publisher is prohibited with the exception for news / media use. All information herein was deemed accurate at the time of printing, but may have changed after.

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GUYANA museums, restaurants and other entities vary by location, day of the week and even time of the year. It is always best to contact the establishment before visiting. Below are some guidelines to follow. Banks: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. weekdays (closed weekends) Supermarkets: 8:30 am – 8:00 p.m. weekdays, 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturdays and 10:00 am – 2:00 p.m. Sundays. Museums: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. weekdays; 9:00 a.m. – Noon Saturdays Public gardens: 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday - Saturday

Quick Facts Name: Co-operative Republic of Guyana Motto: “One people, one nation, one destiny” Anthem: Dear Land of Guyana, of Rivers and Plains Capital: (and the largest city) Georgetown Official language: English Government: Republic President: Donald Ramotar Prime Minister: Samuel Hinds Republic status: February 23, 1972 Area: Total 214,970 km² / 83,000 sq mi Currency: Guyanese dollar (GYD) Time zone: (UTC-4) Internet TLD: .gy Calling code: 011592 Capital population: 230,000 Country population: (2009) 777,000. Hours of operation: Operating hours for stores, banks, markets,

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Markets: 24/7 General stores: 8 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Bars / restaurants: noon Nightclubs: 8:00 p.m. Roads Over the years much has been done to provide access roads to some areas, but potholes are still widespread. Buckle-up, drive on the left, proceed with caution and look out for pedestrians, farm animals, cyclists and motorcyclists. Credit Card Credit cards and travelers’ cheques are accepted by most hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, car rental agencies and tour operators. Cards with Visa, CIRRUS or PLUS logos can be used at some bank ATM machines. Buying local: Beer, vodka, rum, pastries, juices, water, crafts, wine, clothing, foods, music, art, jewellery, furniture, fruits and vegetables.


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A conversation with LGC President

and the cost per tournament is the lowest in the Caribbean. What’s the first thing people need to do if they are thinking about getting into golf? I would encourage anyone who wants to learn to visit Lusignan GOLF Club, where we have coaches who can teach them the game from the start at a very reasonable cost. If they take a few lessons and wish to continue then we encourage them to get a set of Club and practice, they will fall in love with this sport.

President Jerome Khan How long have you been playing the sport? I have been playing for 10 years now, but have been a keen golf enthusiast for over 40 years. While living in Canada I always wanted to play but the GOLF Courses, were predominately “white” Clubs and you rarely saw non-whites playing Golf, this discourage me from attempting to learn the sport earlier. Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, K.J. Choi changed the face of golf and now you can find non-whites on almost all Courses in North America. Who are some of the people signing up for golf these days? Even though we have been encouraging schools to bring students to learn the sports, we have not been very successful with keeping them to play. We are attracting mature persons, some who played cricket, lawn tennis and other sports. Golf is seen as a “rich man’s sport”, what are doing or what do u plan to do to change that image? Indeed GOLF is seen by some as a “rich man” sport but in Guyana you do not have to be rich to play as our membership fee is very reasonable

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You are now in your second term as president of the club, what are some of the plans you have for the rest of your term? This is indeed my second term as President and I would say that our executive achieve a lot. First, we have done quite a bit of work on the Club House, Fences, Ground and Course. This was achieved despite losing 4 months due to inclement weather, and loss of revenue. Secondly, we were able to retain sponsorship from corporate Guyana despite the tough economic environment, facing many businesses. Thirdly, we continued to have a positive relationship with the media getting our fair share of coverage by all forms of the media. Fourthly, we hosted again the President’s Cup – sponsored by His Excellence Donald Ramoutar, and attended by Minister Dr. Frank Anthony. Our list is long but we have a lot more to accomplish. Our one regret is not getting the government to maintain the access road to the Club. This road is used by Guysuco, the Prisons, Garbage Trucks and villagers and it is perhaps the least maintained road in the East Coast. I wish to appeal to whoever is in charge to fix the road as it help our attempt to increase membership. Only diehard golfers endure the craters to go and play Golf.


The Golf Gift Guide

Interesting gadgets to help improve your game

The Set-Up Stick Straight Arm Brain Trainer

Nexbelt comfortable no-holes belt with proper fit

The Putting Stick A Mantis putter makes the ball the hero.

Peak Vision Sunglasses

Sun Mountain Micro Cart Sport

Volvik colored Vista golf balls

About Lusignan Golf Club 2013 EXECUTIVE President - Jerome Khan Vice-President - David Mohamed Secretary - Yog Mohadeo Treasurer - Mark Lashley Assistant Secretary / Treasurer - Haresh Tewari Ground Superintendent - Mike Gayadin Club Captain - Chatterpaul Deo Auditors - Maurice Solomon & Company

Holes: 9 Par: 70 Length: 6,800 yards Members: Approximately 50 Annual membership fee: G$120,000 (US$600) Green Fee: $1,500 Special discount: Residents of Lusignan Village Short-term membership: 3, 6 or 9 months Annual closing: Closed for a short period between December - January

ADDRESS Lusignan Golf Club Lusignan, East Coast Demerara, Guyana. Tel: 220-5660 2013 Guyana Golf

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2012 winners Christine Sukhram 3rd from left, Avinash Persuad 4th from left, pose with other winners and LGC and Banks DIH officials

Flashback - 2012 XM Rum Guyana Open Golf Championship Avinash Persaud finished with a gross of 155 playing off a handicap of 3, while Christine Sukhram finished with a gross of 160 and net 138 to emerge as the top men’s and ladies’ winners respectively in XM Rum Guyana Open Golf Tournament held at the Lusignan Golf Club (LGC) on November 3 and 4, 2012. The tournament, an annual championship for avid golfers, saw over 80 players from Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, USA, Canada and Guyana teeing off at the only golf course in the country situated in the village of Lusignan on the East Coast Demerara. Persaud showed why he is the tournament’s most successful player when he made a spectacular chip into the 18th hole to solidify his 4th title win. Canada-based Roger Rajkumar came in second with a gross 156 playing off a 7 handicap. Kassim Khan captured the best net with an overall 141 followed by Rajkumar with 142 and Vijay Deo third with 146. The Men’s ‘B’ Flight (10-18 handicap) winner was Roy Cummings with a 165 gross, whereas Seupaul Suknanan and Colin Ming finished in

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second and third respectively, both having a gross of 167. Maurice Solomon emerged champion of the ‘C’ Flight (19-28 handicap) group with a gross of 185, while Esau Shamshudin finished second with a gross of 192 and Brij Bisessar finished third with a gross of 194. In the ladies contest, Suriname’s Sook Choi Nam was in the lead at the conclusion of day one in the 0-36 handicap. However, on day two, Guyanese ladies champ Christine Sukhram playing with renewed energy surged ahead and never looked back as she finished in the top spot for a record sixth time. In the end, Choi Nam finished second with a gross of 176 and a net of 148. At the conclusion of the tournament, Persaud and Sukhram were presented with championship jackets. The trophies and other prizes were presented to the winners by the tournament sponsor Banks DIH Limited. In his remarks, President of LGC Jerome Khan thanked the beverage giant for their continued sponsorship of the Guyana Open for the last 10 years.


L-r: Avinash Persaud and Christine Sukhram

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Minister of Sport Dr. Frank Anthony tees-off to start the tournament

A glimpse of some of the prizes up for grabs

The 2nd Annual President’s Cup Tournament Forty five golfers were part of the line-up at the Lusignan golf course on October 12, 2013, as the second annual President’s Cup golf tournament got on its way. But when it was all over relatively unknown rookie Shanella Webster, managed to walk away with the top prize ahead of some seasoned players. Webster, with her win, became the first female to win the tournament. She finished the day with a gross 78 and net 62 after playing off a 36 handicap. Chatterpaul Deo came in second with gross 81 and net 66 off a 15 handicap. Third place went Andre Cummings, with an 83 gross and 67 net, playing off a 17 handicap,

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while Vijay Deo came in was fourth with 77 gross and 68 net, playing off a 9 handicap. William Walker, playing off a 7 handicap won the fifth prize with a gross 76 and net 69. Walker also won the best gross prize. Mohanlall Dinanauth won the Longest Drive prize, while Patrick Prashad won the Nearest-tothe-Pin prize. Minister of Culture, Youth & Sport Dr. Frank Anthony representing President Donald Ramotar who was unavailable to attend, did the official tee-off to start the tournament.


Winner Shanella Webster poses with her trophy

Vijay Deo (r) receives his trophy from Mark Lashley (L)

Joaan Deo

Roy Cummings with other players in the background

Christine Sukhram

One of the female entrants

LGC vice-president Dave Mohamed

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Any Given Day @ Lusignan Golf Club


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The 2013 Digicel Guyana Open Tournament Avinda Kishore keeps it in the family, Christine Sukhram records 7 Digicel Guyana CEO Gregory Dean starts the tournament

Teenager Arvinda Kishore took home the most coveted prize in golf when he won the Guyana Open Golf Tournament sponsored by Digicel on November 2 and 3 at the Lusignan Golf Club (LGC).

In the Ladies Division, Sukhram topped the field in both gross and net scores with 151 and 136 respectively. Joann Deo ended with a gross of 194 and a net of 150, while Shaunella Webster finished third with a 210 gross and a 144 net.

Christine Sukhram continued her winning ways also snagging an 7th recorded title at this prestigeous tournament.

OTHER WINNERS B Flight (10-18) Winner Roy Cummins with gross 162 and net 140 2nd Lakeram Samsundar 170 3rd Colin Ming 173

Former Guyana and West Indies batsman and cricket administrator, 84 year old Joe Solomon inducted as a life member of the Lusignan Golf Club. Solomon was the oldest player to participate in this year’s two-day tournament. The eighteen year old Kishore playing with a handicap of 5, completed his eighteen holes with a gross 151 and a 141 net, followed by Patrick Persaud, who finished with a gross of 153 and a net 137 playing off an 8 handicap. Last year’s champion and 5-time winner Avinash Persaud finished the tournament with a 153 gross and a 147 net from a 3 handicap in third position.

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C Flight (19-28) Winner Esau Shamshudin with gross 187, 2nd K.M Chung (Suriname) gross 187 3rd Payton George gross 193, net of 147 Nearest to the Pin Munaf Arjune (Day One) and Avenash Persaud (Day Two) . Longest Drive Munaf Arjune (Day One) and Roger Rajkumar (Day Two).


Digicel’s Gavin Hope (l) presents a trophy to LGC President Jerome Khan

Women’s champion Christine Sukhram (center) poses with Shanella Webster(r) and Joaan Deo

Avinash Persaud receives his trophy from Digicel’s Jacqueline James

Men’s champion Avinda Kishore receives his trophy from Digicel’s Jacqueline James

Roger Rajkumar (l) accepts his trophy from Digicel’s Shem Erskine

Digicel’s Gavin Hope(l) presents a trophy to Esau Shamsudeen

Digicel’s GavinHope (l)presents a trophy to Colin Ming

List of Guyana Open Golf Tournament winners since 1999 MEN YEAR WOMEN M. Dinanauth 1999 M. Dinanauth 2000 Mr. Han 2001 A. Mentore 2002 A. Mentore 2003 N. Abino 2004 M. Mangal 2005 A. Persaud 2006 C. Sukhram J. Seenanan 2007 I. Khan 2008 C. Sukhram A. Persaud 2009 C. Sukhram A. Persaud 2010 C. Sukhram P. Haniff 2011 C. Sukhram A. Persaud 2012 C. Sukhram A. Kishore 2013 C. Sukhram 2013 Guyana Golf

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Tournament Winners Troy Cadogan Sponsor & Date Macorp 20th October, 2012 DDL 19th October, 2013

Christine Sukhram Sponsor & Date XM Rum Guyana Open 3rd & 4th November, 2012 LGC Players Tournament 9th September Digicel Guyana Golf Open 2nd & 3rd November

Avinash Persaud Sponsor & Date XM Rum Guyana Open 3rd & 4th November, 2012

John Tracey Sponsor & Date Stag Beer 16th February

Alfred Mentore Sponsor & Date

Gavin Todd Sponsor & Date Engineering & Construction Inc. 23rd February

Mohanlall “Santo� Dinnanath Sponsor & Date Carib Food Distributors 9th March

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Mings Products and Services 2nd March Beacon Ministry Anniversary 6th April GeneQuip/John Deere 18th May

Mark Lashley Sponsor & Date Continental Agency 16th March

Brian Hackett

Kalyan Tiwari

Sponsor & Date

Sponsor & Date

Demerara Life Insurance 30th March

Exeim Mining Supplies 20th April


Oct. 2012 - Nov. 2013 Haresh Tiwari Sponsor & Date Muneshwer Travel 11th May

Andre Cummings Sponsor & Date Scotiabank 27th April

Avinda Kishore Colin Ming

Sponsor & Date

Sponsor & Date

Safeway Security 27th October

Trophy Stall 8th June

Digicel Guyana Open 2nd & 3rd November

United Insurance 6th October

Maurice Solomon Sponsor & Date Courts Guyana 21st September

Shanella Webster Sponsor & Date 2nd Annual President’s Cup 12th October

Vijay Deo Sponsor & Date Wartsila 15th June

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A Moment in Golf

Veterans of the Fairways: Left to right, the late Sydney “Syd” Cummings who passed away in January this year with Dr Ram Singh and Maurice Solomon.

No Putt Intended th e funny s ide o f g ol f!

A SCRATCH GOLFER Two women were put together as partners in the club tournament and met on the putting green for the first time. After introductions, the first golfer asked, “What’s your handicap?” “Oh, I’m a scratch golfer,” the other replied. “Really!” exclaimed the first woman, suitably impressed that she was paired up with her. “Yes, I write down all my good scores and scratch out the bad ones!” THE VISITING RELATIVE An elderly lady from a remote interior village went to one of the most fashionable suburbs to visit her niece and husband. Nearby was a very well known golf course. On the second afternoon of her visit, the elderly lady went for a stroll. Upon her return, the young niece asked, “Well, Auntie, did you enjoy yourself?”

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“Oh, yes, indeed,” said Auntie, beaming. “Before I had walked very far, I came to some beautiful rolling fields. There seemed to be a number of people about, mostly men. Some of them kept shouting at me in a very eccentric manner, but I took no notice. There were four men who followed me for some time, uttering curious excited barking sounds. Naturally, I ignored them, too. Oh, by the way,” she added, as she held out her hands, “I found a number of these curious little round white balls, so I picked them all up and brought them home hoping you could explain what they’re all about.” STUNG BY A BEE A group of golfers were approaching the first tee when they noticed a woman being given first aid. One of the golfers asked what had happened and he was informed that the woman had been stung by a bee and was having a reaction. “Where was she bit?” he asked. “Between the first and second hole,” was the reply. He then replied, “Wow! She must have been standing right over the hive.”


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