Colin Ming memorial golf camp starts July 1

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The Guyana Golf Association and the NexGen Golf Academy will host a ‘Golf Summer Camp’ at the facility on Woolford Avenue from July 1-17 for new players of all ages, with experienced players also given an opportunity to hone their skills.

“It is hoped that this will give the Guyana Golf Association the foundation for the selection of players to start building a National Team that will represent the country at upcoming events,” the Guyana Golf Association and NexGen Golf Academy said.

This is the second annual Golf Camp and it will be dedicated to former coach and sponsor of the Academy, the late Colin Ming. Ming was an avid promoter of sport to young kids and a dedicated coach who had a dream of producing a PGA golfer from these shores.

Samuel Ming said: “This is something my dad was happy to be a part of and we wish the Academy every success and will support them as they work to carry out his dream.”

It was last July that Colin Ming and Neil Jones donated hundreds of junior golf clubs to fellow Queen’s College alumni Aleem Hussain, to ensure that kids would have access to equipment to learn the sport.

“That was part of the reason which golf has grown so much as it helped lead to the implementation of the sport in 51 schools to date (an additional 50 set to be added in August) and more than 5,000 students having access to the game in less than 12 months,” the Guyana Golf Association and NexGen Golf Academy said in the statement.

The Golf Camp is sponsored in part by Assuria General Insurance; Copa Airlines; Blue Life Waters; Trophy Stall; ANSA McAL; Toolsie Persaud; Kanuku Suite and Apartments; Kanuku Tours; Angel Seafood Restaurant and Bar; Sunshine Snacks; Ram and McRae; Puran Brothers; Crown Mining; Panko Steel Construction; OES; H. Nauth and Sons; AR Printery; Bissessar Shipping Company; CS World Cargo and Logistics; Sterling Products; Caliper Drones; PasCargo; New Trend Auto; Maraiko Bay Resorts; Shafura Hussain Foundation; and NexGen Global Group.

“These companies are amongst the major sponsors of Golf in Guyana, and will assist in the donation prizes and trophies, as well as provide 25 spots for under-privileged kids at no cost. This will continue the tradition started by Christopher Ram (Ram and McRae) and Ramesh Dookhoo (Banks DIH) earlier this year when they partnered with the Academy to offer free lessons for underprivileged children,” the statement added.

All clubs and balls, along with water and a snack daily will be provided by the Academy. Warm-up drills will conducted by Coach Miguel Wong, who along with members of the Titans Table Tennis Club and the Guyana National Team, will also provide free Table Tennis instruction for the kids.

The statement read: “Registration for the programme, which has a nominal cost of $8,000, ends on June 30th. Timings for the classes are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm and on Saturday July 17th will be the skills competition and graduation where each participant will receive a certificate, goody bag and top players will get medals and trophies.”

“In addition, there will be an aerial show with Drones/Model Airplanes; Demonstration by the Archery team; Demonstrations by The Titans Table Tennis Club during Week Two where the kids can participate; and all parents will have a chance to Putt to Win prizes as well. To top it off, there will an Ice-cream Day provided by Sterling Products.”

Coaches for the Camp are Guyana Golf Association President Aleem Hussain, Christine Sukhram (nine-time Guyana Women’s Champion), Dr. Joaan Deo (two-time Guyana Open and Suriname Ladies Champion) and Miguel Wong (Guyana’s highest ranked male Table Tennis player and German League Pro player).

“Golf is one of the few fully COVID-19 compliant sports and all guidelines are being observed,” the statement concluded.

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