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Neptune debarred from competing in Sagicor Invitational

Fitz Neptune, president of the Tobago Youth Golf Academy told the Tobago News that he believes he is now being victimised for standing up to the Trinidad and Tobago Golf Association that had queried his organisation's hosting of the Caribbean Connection Golf tournament, earlier in the year.

Neptune was debarred from participating in last weekend's Sagicor St Andrews Invitational Golf tournament at the St Andrews Golf Club, Moka.

Neptune said that he registered for the tournament three weeks ago. He said that the day before the tournament he received three phone calls in the space of 10 minutes from Robert Lara, coordinator for the tournament at St Andrews Golf course, first asking for his handicap, an indication that he was on the draw to play and was informed in the last call that he could not participate in the tournament because there were some issues and TTGA was threatening to stop the tournament if he played.

Tobago News contacted Kenny Atai, president of the TTGA about Neptune's plight.

Atai said that in any TTGA sanctioned tournament there are certain criteria that must be met, including players conforming with the rules of amateur status, having a valid handicap and must belong to a bonafide club.

He added that Neptune doesn't belong to a club affiliated to the Association and did not have a handicap, therefore he could not play in this tournament or any tournament where players could earn points for selection on the national team.

Tobago News informed Atai that Neptune has been playing in tournaments over the years without any problems, querying why these issues has now become a problem and he said that they are now trying to get their house in order, because these types of situations are causing friction among the players. He added that doing something that is wrong over the years does not make it right.

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SC Golf Pro said on Saturday, Apr 28 at 6:11 PM

This is so typical of golf in Tobago. I won US$3,000 in the Caribbean Connection Pro Am in January and I was finally sent some prize money. What did I receive? Only US$480. I hope this is merely a mistake or the first part of payment.

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