Home Sports Paton George edges Miguel Oviedo in C&V Caribbean Shipping Ltd Golf Invitational
Golfers teed off on Saturday in the penultimate contest, C&V Caribbean Shipping Ltd Golf Invitational, ahead of this weekend’s GTT Guyana Open Championship scheduled for Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30.
Scoring conditions were difficult as the Lusignan Golf Club (LGC) ground staff prepare the track for this weekend’s major. On this challenging layout, golfers needed to keep their tee shots in the nicely-mowed low-cut fairway grass. As the major approaches, the grass off the fairway is grown higher which makes missing the fairway very punitive, causing second shots to be very challenging as players have to hit from thicker grass. Saturday’s conditions meant scoring low was going to be challenging. Only one golfer, Paton George, was able to produce a below-par net score of 69. He was followed one shot back by one of the hottest and most improved golfers of 2022, Miguel Oviedo with a net par score of 70.
The winners’ row:
1st – Paton George (15hc) – gross 84, net 69
2nd – Miguel Oviedo (21hc) – gross 91, net 70
3rd – Ayube Subhan (13hc) – gross 84, net 71
The low gross, closest to the flag and longest drive prizes were all won by current Guyana Open champion Avinda Kishore with a gross score of 75. Avinda is the heavy favourite to repeat as the Guyana Open men’s champion, but you could never count out his brother who is the winningest Guyana Open and arguably the best golfer in the history of Guyana, Avinash Persaud.
At the close of play, C&V Caribbean Shipping Ltd rep Natasha Gomes extended greetings from the company and thanked all participants and attendees. She reminded the gathering that this was the second year of the company hosting the penultimate contest before the major and promised to continue this tradition.
Attention and focus now turn to this weekend’s GTT Guyana Open Championship. Players from several countries including Suriname, Trinidad, Barbados, Canada, England, Colombia, and the United States will join the local golfers for a contest that is increasingly becoming a marquee event.
On the women’s side, Shanella London, with a win, would be putting her name in the hat for being one of the best-ever female golfers from Guyana. She will be defending her 2021 title, but will have to get past her main rival and multi-winner of the Guyana Open, Christine Sookram.
The course is being set up for back-to-back major events over the next two weekends as GTT hosts the biggest tournament of the year followed by the Macorp Golf Classic the first weekend in November. Both of the next two events are must-play events for most golfers. GTT Guyana Open crowns the champion golfers, male and female, of the year, and the Macorp Classic offers some of the most attractive prizes.