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Lara to play in BMW PGA

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Cricket legend Brian Lara and his young charge Christopher Richards Jr, left, shares a moment with PGA golfer Rory Mcllroy during the PGA’s BMW championships in England yesterday.

Legendary World cricketer Brian Lara will participate in the 2018 BMW PGA Golf Championships but important to him, he is taking along a young golfer from T&T to share in the experience.

Lara, who has participated at the championships before and has carried young golfers previously, will be accompanied by Christopher Richards Jr.

Richards Jr is following in the footsteps of Ross Cabral, Zico Correia and young Barbadian, Iz Hustler, all of whom have continued that upward mobility towards their lifelong dreams of becoming professional golfers, after making the trip with Lara.

Lara’s vision is to expose the young golfers to such tournaments with the main aim of providing them with the experience of the PGA circuit in an effort to further spark and ignite their passion for the game.

His ultimate hope is that these talented youngsters can learn, see and feel the game so that they will be inspired to continue being avid students of the game and go on to represent our beloved twin-island public.

While there, young Richards Jr will have the opportunity to meet some of the greatest players in the world, such as Rory Mc llroy, Ernie Els, Ian Poulter, Martin Kaymer and many more.

He will have the opportunity to observe and learn from some of the professional golf teachers that will be present at the event and hopefully come back with a greater desire to play the game at the highest level.

Lara said: “We have produced only one true professional golfer in Stephen Ames, who has made us incredibly proud of his achievements. I believe we need more of his kind in this sporting discipline.”

When contacted, Cabral, one of the young golfers who attended this in 2014, said it was “the best-golfing experience of his life.”

Correria said: “I was twelve at the time and it was a great experience and I will love to go back. My dream is to become a professional golfer and to follow in the footsteps of some of those iconic players that I saw.”

This year’s initiative is being held in conjunction with the Scott Anderson Young Achievers Award.

Scott Anderson, before his passing in 2017, dedicated his life to helping the less fortunate and Trinidad and Tobago’s talented young golfers.”

The Scott Anderson golf tournament will be happening soon to continue Scott’s work in ensuring equality for all in the golfing fraternity.

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