Shanella Webster became the first Guyanese woman to win the `A’ Flight category at the Suriname Republic Bank Golf Invitational tournament held October 1 and 2 at the Golfclub Paramaribo Course, Indira Gandhiweg 30, Paramaribo.
Webster ended with a net 69 from a handicap of 17 while past Guyana Open ladies champion veteran Christine Sukhram, placed second in the `A’ Flight with a net 66 from a nine handicap.
Sukhram also won the Best Gross score among the females.
Another Guyanese, Deanand “Deno” Bissessar, on his first tour of the Suriname Open, won the `C’ Flight with a net 65 from a handicap of 26.
Meanwhile, Kalyan Tiwari and Christine Sukhram recorded the Longest Drives the first day of the male and female categories respectively.
Alfred Mentore was the Nearest to The Pin winner and Webster the Longest Drive winner.
Dr. Philbert London, handicap of 24 and net 66, placed fourth in the men’s ‘B’ Flight.
The Suriname Open Golf Tournament was played under the Stableford System over two days. Golfers’ total scores were taken from 36 holes to determine their final placement, however, individual day prizes were awarded for the Longest Drive and Nearest to The Pin performances. Participating countries this year were Australia, Curacao, French Guiana, Guyana and host Suriname.
In the Ladies category there were two flights. The 1st Flight of 8 golfers with handicaps ranging between 15 – 21, along with Christine (h/cap 9).
The 2nd Flight of 7 golfers with handicaps 24 – 33. In the Men’s category, there were three flights; 28 golfers in the 1st or ‘A’ Flight were of handicaps 4 – 15; 17 in the 2nd or ‘B’ Flight of handicaps 14 – 25; and 12 in the 3rd or ‘C’ Flight of handicaps 26 – 30.