“We’re happy to see the conditions of the course”– Escarraga
– MACORP executive praises work by LGC
By Clifton Ross
Local golfer and MACORP executive Guillermo Escarraga hailed the Lusignan Golf Club (LGC) for their herculean efforts in revamping the course, making it playable in January for the first time in years.
After years of being starved of action for the first few months, the LGC Course for the first time is in ideal shape, despite the rainy season and is ready to host its first competition of the year.
The dream of playing golf in January became a reality thanks to the Machinery Corporation of Guyana (MACORP) who lent pieces of machinery including one excavator in order to help the club in its rehabilitation project.
Escarraga, MACORP’s Product Support Manager and one of the country’s top golfers, told Guyana Times Sport during an exclusive on Friday, the eve of 2018’s first tournament sponsored by Trophy Stall, that the relationship between the two entities was golden and praised the LGC members for their herculean effort. “The company has been part of the club for more than 10 years. We host an annual tournament which will be in its 12 edition this year, so throughout all these years we are happy to see the conditions of the course and commend the management of the Lusignan golf club for ensuring the course is playable most of the year”, he said.
In recent times, golfers were forced to put their clubs away for a significant part of the year due to the waterlogged state of the course. However, with the help of MACORP, grounds-men managed to drain some 2 ½ feet of water in a matter of days; thus speeding up playing time by months.
The company’s executive noted that golfers can now have more time to hit top form and get in much match-practice ahead of the major year-end tournaments. Also, Escarraga who along with other local pros will be gearing up for today’s tournament was grateful for an early start to the season which he said will help players to settle in much better.
“This definitely helps; having the grounds available for sure has a positive impact on the player’s game. Golf demands practice for improvement and this will give golfers more time to play and improve on their game as well as attract more people interested in the game of golf,” stated Escarraga. From a golfer’s perspective, Escarraga believed that the more available the greens, the more success Guyana will reap as local golfers are already feared as worthy opponents throughout the region.
“Being able to practice and play will make the tournaments more competitive and will raise the overall level of golf in Guyana. We have supported the club for many years and we will continue to support the sport in the country, we hope to see new generation of golfers in the country”. The recently appointed new executive arm of the LGC have wasted little time in their quest to transform the club into a 5 star Golf and Country club before the end of 2018 and Escarraga confirmed that MACORP will continue to lend support to the club and fraternity.
“Our relationship with Lusignan golf club goes way back and we are sure it will continue. This year we see great initiatives been put in place and for sure this will benefits the golf fraternity; we want to play our part and invite others to support the club activities”.
He closed off by also supporting the club’s dream to turn LGC into a spectacular country club which he said will not only boost golf, but will benefit the country overall. “This is great news for the country, we hope to see it become a reality because this will become a place for families and through sports we can make a positive impact in younger generations”, he ended.