THE hunt for places in the junior and senior finals of the ISSA Urban Area Schoolgirl Netball competition, scheduled for Thursday December 1, will get underway today at the Leila Robinson Courts at 2:00 p.m. With the top qualifiers divided into two groups, the opening set of matches in the second round is sure to serve up some exciting contests. Former champions, the Queen’s School, which topped Zone B with five wins from just as many games have been drawn in Group 1 and will have Norman Manley, Wolmer’s Girls, St. Catherine High, Holy Childhood and Campion to contend with. The Marvette Anderson coached team will go up against Holy Childhood in their opening match today. Other matches in this Group will see Norman Manley going up against Wolmer’s and St. Catherine opposing Campion. After winning their first title last year, the Dalton Hinds – conditioned Gaynstead High who eased through their Zone with five impressive wins, including a big 60-1 win over Mona will carry top billing in Group 2. The other teams in the group are, St. Hugh’s, St. Andrew Technical, Camperdown, Papine and St. Jago High. The defending champions will face former champions, St. Hugh’s in their opening game today. Other matches in the group will see Camperdown meeting St. Andrew Technical High and Papine going up against St. Jago High. SIX TEAMS Defending senior champion, Camperdown High will head the six teams that are drawn in Group 2 among the seniors. Other teams here also include Gaynstead, Tarrant, St. Catherine High, St. Hugh’s and Tivoli Gardens. The defending champions will get their title defence underway today when they do battle with Tivoli Gardens. Other matches in the group will have Gaynstead facing St. Hugh’s and St. Catherine battling with Tarrant. The Queen’s School and the in-form Excelsior High are on a collision course as both teams have been drawn in Group 1. They will be joined by Immaculate, Penwood, Wolmer’s and Norman Manley. Excelsior will meet Penwood in their opening fixture, while Queen’s will oppose Immaculate. The other game in the group will have Norman Manley and Wolmer’s squaring off. There will be five sets of matches in the second round with the winners and runners-up of each group advancing to the semi-finals on Thursday November 24 at GC Foster College.
– former golfer/designer Jack Nicklaus to spearhead projectGuyana’s golf fraternity is set for a major expansion as former international pro-turned-course-designer Jack Nicklaus is expected to build a whopping 18-hole course to further complement the constantly upgraded Lusignan Golf Course.Jack NicklausThe huge announcement was made during Thursday’s Guyana Cup Open held at the Marriott Hotel, where LGC President Aleem Hussain and Minister of Social Cohesion/Sport Dr George Norton unveiled the plans to have the mega-course constructed, with works likely to commence in the near future.Hussain said the famed golf course designer has signal intention to personally use his own finance to expand the level of golf in Guyana by putting the country on par with others of international standing as the only one in the Caribbean to have a course designed by Nicklaus.During his time on the Greens, Jack, most notably called “The Golden Bear” around the fraternity, was regarded by many as the greatest golfer of all time, and most especially his era. With a career that spanned more than 25 years after teeing off in the 1960s, the American has record 18 major championships while producing 19 second-place and 9 third-place finishes.Aleem HussainMinister Norton outlined that the move would help to put Guyana on par with countries which have international courses. Hussain, meanwhile, explained that the move will see a huge growth in the economy with regard to tourism. He believes that, coupled with the stamp of the world-renowned Nicklaus who created courses in places such as Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, and Mexico, Guyana could gain a significant buff.Minister George NortonThe President stated that due to the Golf Hall-of-Famer’s prized work, he has since amassed a high-profile following of pros from around the world, who travel to anywhere the former world-class has set up a playing course.Hussain believes that a new course will breed a higher level of competition, as Guyana’s players have been doing extremely well on a 9-hole course over the years.Regarding the demographic location of the new course, it is to be announced in the future where such a facility will be erected. Minister Norton nevertheless confirmed that the Government of Guyana will be in full support of the project, identifying as early as next year a possible start to the construction of the course. (Clifton Ross)