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Former Masters champ for Lara Golf Challenge
Ian Woosnam, former Masters Champion, is in T&T for the Brian Lara Golf Challenge to be held at St Andrews Golf Club in Maraval, today and tomorrow, and Millennium Lakes Golf & Country Club in Trincity on Saturday.
This signature event hosted by the Pearl and Bunty Lara Foundation is in its second year with the inaugural tournament highlighting the golf skills of Brian Charles Lara, Dwight Yorke, Teddy Sheringham (former England and Manchester United captain) and Gordon Greenidge (West Indies cricket legend).
Last year’s event raised in excess of TT$170,000 which was disbursed to various charities.
This year, Woosnam is expected to have a private duel with talented local golf professional, Chris Richards while Lara, Yorke and Greenidge will be joined by Sir Garfield Sobers, Desmond Haynes, John Morris (former English Cricketer) and Mark Bright (former England footballer) in a match play battle for the Golf Challenge Trophy.
Today, the celebrities will play 18 holes of match play at St Andrew’s Golf Club from 11 am to provide the four players who will compete in the Golf Challenge semifinals on the following morning.
Tomorrow from 9 am, the semifinalists will play nine holes of match play to decide the finalists who will be joined in the afternoon by representatives of the major sponsors competing for the Sponsors Cup.
The action will shift to Millennium on Saturday where 50 teams of two golfers will vie for ten pairs of attractive prizes using the Two Ball Better Ball format with golfers playing off 75 per cent of their handicaps and scoring being done by the stroke-play method.
On that day, there will also be a Mercedes Benz vehicle at stake for the first person to hit a hole-in-one on the 11th hole.
As part of the Foundation’s mission of giving back to community, cricket, football and golf clinics will also be executed under the leadership of coaches David Williams (cricket), Brian Williams football) and Woosnam and Richards (golf).
The cricket and football clinics will take place at the Queen’s Park Oval today from 8 am and the golf clinic will commence at 9.30 am on Saturday at Millennium.
The tournament’s platinum sponsors are the Ministry of Sports, Sports Company of T&T and Blink|Bmobile with great support also coming from Angostura, Caribbean Airlines, EARTH, Brydens, Blue Waters, Hilton Trinidad & Conference Center, Oakley, Hadar Lighting, Kanz Jewels and Mercedes Benz.