Cricket icon Brian Lara is giving a 13-year-old golfer from Trinidad and Tobago, the opportunity to participate at the BMZ PGA Championship in England.
Lara has been invited to participate in the BMW PGA Championship and he has done on previous occasions, he has opted to expose another young golfer to such tournaments with the main aim of exposing them to the PGA circuit in an effort to further spark and ignite their passion for the game.
The golfer is Christopher Richards Jnr.
Lara's ultimate hope is that these talented youngsters can learn, see and feel the game, so that they will be inspired to continue being avid students of the game and go on to represent our beloved twin-island public.
His publicists issued the following statement:
"I am very happy to announce that 13-year-old golfer Christopher Richards Jr. will be accompanying me to England for the Flagship event of the European Tour, the BMW PGA Championship, to be held from Wednesday 23rd to 27th May, 2018.
Those who have benefited in the past; Ross Cabral, Zico Correia and young Barbadian, Iz Hustler, have continued that upward mobility towards their life long dreams of becoming professional golfers.
Whilst there, young Christopher will have the opportunity to meet some of the greatest players in the world, such as Rory Mc llroy, Ernie Els, Ian Poulter, Martin Kaymer and many more.
He will have the opportunity to observe and learn from some of the professional golf teachers that will be present at the event and hopefully come back with a greater desire to play the game at the highest level.
We have produced only one true professional golfer in Stephen Ames, who has made us incredibly proud with his achievements.
I believe we need more of his kind in this sporting discipline."
When contacted, Ross Cabral, one of the young golfers who attended this in 2014, said it was "the best golfing experience of his life".
Zico Correria also said “I was twelve at the time and it was a great experience and I will love to go back. My dream is to become a professional golfer and to follow in the footsteps of some of those iconic players that I saw.”
"Previously we were able to fund these youngsters’ trips through the Pearl and Bunty Lara Foundation, however this year (2018) I am very happy that Trotters Restaurant through its owner, Mr. Peter George Jr., with his love for sport, his recognition of the value of sport to our youth and our country’s future, was able to support this initiative through the sponsorship of airline tickets to and from London.
Additionally, I am most appreciative to the Varkey Family for their support with our accommodation whilst in England. Finally, I would also like to express my gratitude to the European Tour, especially Mr. Jamie Birkmyre and Suzanne Collins, for the invitation to play in this event.
This year's initiative is in conjunction with the Scott Anderson Young Achievers Award.
Scott Anderson, before his passing in 2017, dedicated his life to helping the less fortunate and Trinidad and Tobago’s talented young golfers."
The Scott Anderson golf tournament will be happening soon to continue Scott's work in ensuring equality for all in the golfing fraternity.