BY: Alagie Fatty
It’s the first time in five years that Fajara Golf Club hosted the annual Qatar open golf tournament without international golfers from other countries.
And for the second time in a row, record winner Fakebba Drammeh was not visible at the golf course.
Allowing young Gambian golf pros to mark their authority on the course, especially Dodou Gassama, who has always finished second behind the Gambian number one, Fakebba Drammeh, who set a record by winning the tournament three times in a row before Lamin Touray laid his hand on the cup last time out but could not defend it after losing to Yusupha Tamba over the weekend at the Fajara golf course.
There was a total of 60 golfers that took part, 12 from the pros and 42 from amateurs side which was divided into two parts of male and female.
However, unlike previous competitions prize, the money went slightly down with the organizer spending half of the usual twenty thousand U.S dollars this year.
Explaining why the winner’s price has been reduce, HE Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Republic of the Gambia Mohammed Al Kaabi said is all due to the current political satiation between Qatar and other Arab nationals especially its neighbor, that’s those Arab nations that suspended diplomatic relations with Qatar, by cutting off land, air and sea travel to and from Qatar.
All but Egypt, which has 250,000 people working there, ordered their citizens to leave Qatar.
The winner of the tournament, Yusupha Tamba scored 57 to make him overall winner received D10,000, while second placed Dodou Gassama got D5,000 and Alagie Drammeh who finished third received D3,000.
Longest drive went to Swedish-based Gambian golfer Lamin Touray.
For amateurs in the ladies category, Esther Wash and Tracy Horton came first and second respectively while in the men handicap, Quinton Hamton and Alasan Jallow received the reward of their hard work as well.