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The month of October has gained more attention over the recent years, mainly due to it being Cancer Awareness Month and following up on a tradition of promoting awareness through sporting events, Guyana Golf Association (GGA) will be hosting a fundraising event with proceeds going directly towards the continued fight against Cancer.
GGA and Nexgen Golf Academy Aleem Hussain said that the association will host an event later this month with a portion of the revenues raised to be donated towards the fight against Cancer. “We have seen a tremendous increase in the number of women who are interested in Golf and we want to use the sport as a way to provide both Awareness and a fundraising opportunity for the fight against cancer,” said Hussain.
More than 200 women have taken advantage of the opportunity to learn the game since the Academy and Driving Range was opened on Woolford Avenue in affiliation with the Scouts Association of Guyana and the Guyana Teachers Union. The Academy, operating under strict covid 19 and social distancing guidelines, plans to host its first ever ‘Shoot for Cash or Credit’ event that will run from October 19-25th where there will be three categories of competitors: Women, Men 0-15, Men 16-28 with prizes for the top two finishers in each category but the overall top score will win the grand cash or phone credit prize.
The qualifying process will take place from Monday 19 through Saturday 24 from 15:00h to19:00h daily as contestants will shoot at a target to score points. The top 8 players will advance to the Grand Finals on Sunday 10/25 at 4 pm, which will be live streamed. Players will have 120 seconds to hit 10 balls at the target, with higher points for hitting the bullseye.
Various distances for players of varying skill will make for an exciting event and a level playing field, with the winner walking away with $50,000 cash or phone credits and bragging rights. “This is the opportunity for players of all levels to participate in the fun and excitement of the sport and show off their respective skills,” said Rudy Ramalingum, director of the Academy.
Meanwhile, the GGA and NexGen Golf Academy is gearing up to ensure that they are ready for the upcoming demand that they expect to come as the country gets back to regular economic activity and airports reopen. “We now plan to introduce membership packages that will range from as low as G$275/hour in an effort to ensure that everyone has access to learn and play this wonderful game.” The Academy has a lighted Driving Range that is open daily from 6 am to 9 pm and provides unlimited balls, equipment and complimentary first lesson for just $1,500 per hour adults and $500 per hour children.
A state of the art putting green with sand bunkers and activities center is under construction and will soon be added to the immaculate driving range currently being offered. In keeping with its commitment to its Coporate Social Responsibility agenda, earlier this month, the Guyana Golf Association along with Survival Shopping Complex and CIMGRO Maraiko Bay Golf Resort contributed hampers to the Guyana Teachers Union as part of celebration of World Teachers Day.