Nazeem “Papo” Haniff reclaimed the top spot among the golfers when they converged on the 18-hole course at the Lusignan Golf Club for the El Dorado Gold Tournament on Saturday.
The tournament saw 32 competitors, including 2013 runners-up Christine Sukhram and 2014 third place Joaan Deo, taking to the damp outfield with some spots proving difficult with the ball plugging in the mud but with the sun coming in all its glory, the golfers braved the conditions to enjoy a day’s play.
In the end Haniff finished with a gross score of 77 and a net of 68 while second placed Balgobin Ragnauth finished on a gross of 91 and net of 69.
Club President, Aleem Hussain, finished third while Richard Haniff copped fourth with gross and net scores of 80/69 each.
Avinash Persaud, with a handicap score of just two, found himself winning the best gross of 75 while `Papo’ Haniff won the Nearest to the Pin prize.
Hussain said the club was grateful to Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) through their brand, El Dorado for their commitment to the Club, sponsoring the tournament for the sixth year. He commended on the initiative to have an interactive day where fans enjoyed samples of products by the East Bank Demerara-based company.
Brand Manager, Maria Munroe, congratulated the winners and all the participants who turned out in their numbers for their support and dedication to the sport while acknowledging the company’s fulfillment of their corporate responsibility to help the development of sports in the country, noting a lot of talent in the sport. Hussain, speaking to Stabroek Sport noted that there will be a lot of exciting events and changes coming to the Club.
One of the changes will be the branding of the course, which will be named the “Green Anaconda.” The club president said this name was fitting since the course will be changed to increase its difficulty where there will be a prize of $1,000,000 for anyone who broke the club record.