By Cherno Omar Bobb
Baidy Agne, President of the Senegalese Golf Federation and Ebrima Jawara, President of The Gambia Golf Association on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the creation of the Senegambian Golf Cup, at a ceremony held in Dakar, the Senegalese capital.
In their desire to strengthen the cooperation between the two governing bodies and other similar associations in the sub-region, the two associations have plans for a major annual competition called the Senegambian Golf Cup. It would be played each year alternately between Senegal and The Gambia, paving the way for an active and fruitful cooperation between the two governing bodies and, thus reflect the excellent relationship between the two countries.
Both governing bodies decided to hold the maiden edition of the Senegambian Golf Cup in Banjul, from 26 to 27 November 2021.
The number of players is set at 28 per country (8 professionals and 20 amateurs), making a total field of 56 players.
The rules of the game are those defined by the the R&A and USGA, and shall be played according to the rules of match play.
The first day: the matches will be played in pairs (amateurs as well as professionals).
The second and last day: matches will be Greensomes for both professionals and amateurs.
A winner has 1 point, a loser 0 point. For a draw, each player has 0.5 points.
The country with the most points is overall winner of the tournament, and keeps the Senegambian Cup until the next tournament.
There shall be an arbitration committee made up of 5 members as follows:
• Two members of the Senegalese Golf Federation
• Two members of the Gambia Golf Association
• The captain of the Golf Club where the tournament is played
70% of the money prize will go to the winning country’s professionals and 30% will go to the losing country’s professionals.
Each governing body will have its own outfit in accordance with the colors or national symbols of its country.