Liberian golfers, both professionals and amateurs, came in their numbers from golf clubs in the country last Sunday to the Seaview Golf Club, located near the Unity Conference Center, Virginia outside Monrovia.
The rains held back, providing the assembly of golfers a perfect atmosphere as they scrambled to register for the mini-tournament organized by the Liberia Golfers Association, said its training director George Smart.
Among the golfers were national captain David Gwee; Papa Gibson and Aaron Anderson both professional golfers.
“This is a pre-mini tournament that gets us prepare for the July 26 Monrovia Breweries Incorporated (MBI) Open,” Smart said.
Among the enthusiastic number of golfers were those from the Firestone Golf Club, who stood chatting excitedly with friends. There were others from golf clubs in Grand Bassa County. The Seaview Golf Club is Liberia’s prestigious and only 18 Holes golf course.
The club sat on one hundred acres of a beautiful landscape at the edge of where the St. Paul River empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Established in June 2004, the Liberian Golf Association has been headed by Dr. C. Nelson Oniyama.
“We are moving ahead for July, 26,” Chairman Oniyama told the Daily Observer in a brief interview, “and as you can see many golfers have come to register to participate in this mini-tournament.”
The mini-tournament got underway few minutes afterward and the assembled golfers and their caddies began the competition with enthusiasm.
“There will be two rounds of 9 to add up to the 18 holes,” the Daily Observer learned.
Other golfers included Yusuf, George Smart, L. Uthey, Vanessa, who happened to be the only female in the tournament, A. Sam and R. Klee. For the next two hours, the golfers moved after each other and golf balls flew across the Course.
At the end of the first round of 9 holes, David Gwee was out of 38 points, Yusuf, 43 points and George Smart 52 points.
L. Uthey had 39 points out, Vanessa had 41 points out and A. Sam and R. Klee had completed 44 and 41 outs points respectively.
An interesting side attraction was the presence of a golfer known as ‘The Veteran,’ Mr. Sheka N. B. Kargbo. Kargbo is a professional golfer who graduated from the Sierra Leonean Golf Association in 1982.
He was so excited about the mini-tournament and told the Daily Observer, “With this tournament we anticipate a better future for golfers in Liberia.”