By Cherno Omar Bobb
The Gambia Golf Association (GGA) on Saturday held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) amid the COVID 19 pandemic.
The AGM was in fulfillment of the association’s constitutional requirement and was meant to inform members of its previous and future activities.
The AGM is a constitutional requirement that members shall meet annually for the executive to report back to them on what it has been doing on their behalf.
Unfortunately, the congress was not held last year as a result of the Covid-19 which still exists.
Ebrima Jawara, president of GGA informed members of the activities carried out in 2019 which he said included the 2019 Gambia Open in partnership with Fajara Club. He also noted that on 20 July 2019, GGA was part of the Olympic Day celebrations which featured activities such school children road run, table tennis, wrestling and tug of war.
“On 28 October 2019, on behalf of the GGA, I was honored to sign an agreement with Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive Officer of Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews Trust and Mike Davies, Chief Executive Officer of the United States Golf Association, thus formalizing the GGA’s administering of the World Handicap System (WHS) in the jurisdiction of The Gambia,” he said. Jawara added that the GGA shall provide oversight of the computation, certification and/or issuance of golf handicaps under the trademarks and branding guidelines to be established by the WHS, in The Gambia.
According to him, on 26th November 2020, the GGA and AM Golf signed a platform licensing agreement granting the GGA a license to use the Platform’s central world handicapping system, tournament and organizational management modules and social media platform in connection with all golf clubs registered as members of the GGA and to receive support services in respect to the implemented software.
He mentioned some of their activities held in 2021 which he said included the renaming of the Fajara Club to Sir Dawda Jawara Fajara Golf Course and the unveiling of a bust of the former president at the entrance of the club.
Delivering the association’ financial report, Antony Tabbal, GGA treasurer stated that the total income received for the association dropped from D209, 000 in 2019 to D148, 000 in 2020, a fall of 29%.
“Membership fees collected dropped by 40% and donations also went down from D179, 000 in 2019 to D130, 000 in 2020. The drop is a direct result of the negative effects of the devastating Covid-19 pandemic.”
According to him, their main expenditure was D18, 000, a cost of ordering trophies for the 2020 Gambia Open from England and D3, 100, for website renewal.