While Tiger Woods was playing havoc with the rest of field to win The Masters at Augusta, with a final round of 71, one of Cayman’s promising young golfers was causing havoc of his own at The University of South Florida course in Tampa, Florida.
While not quite The Masters, 15 year old Caymanian Johnny Widmer shot a final round 69 to win the USF tournament 16-18 year old age group of the Future Collegiate Golf Tour tournament on Sunday 10th April. Combined with a first round score of 73 Johnny won the tournament by 2 shots over 18 year old Andrew Storm of Omaha, Nebraska. The tournament gains Johnny an exemption to the FCWT National Finals in June.
Johnny, who recently moved up to the 16-18 year old category to meet stiffer competition, was very pleased with the way he played. The USF course is a tough course with narrow fairways and small greens and they played over 6,800 yards. The best round at a recent University competition of 15 top ranked teams, playing the same course and tees, was also 69.
Johnny has been attending the David Leadbetter Golf Academy (part of IMG Academies) in Bradenton, Florida since the beginning of September 2004. Considered to be the top junior golf academy in the USA, the facility attracts top athletes from all over the world. Johnny has shown promise in golf from an early age and is now mixing with the top young golfers of the future. He has had other successes since September winning The FCWT Clearwater Challenge in February (13-15) with 70,73 and the JCT The Meadows in November with 74,72. He was second in the IJGT Shingle Creek in October with 72,72. He was also invited to play in the Orange Bowl in December representing the Cayman Islands.
Considered to be one of the premier junior golf events of the year, the top-ranked player 18 years or younger is invited to attend from each country. Johnny was the second youngest player in the field and finished 33rd out of 75, with rounds of 76,74,72,74. Johnny won the men’s Cayman Amateur Championships in Cayman in 2004.
Johnny continues to work hard on his game every day of the week. He has a host of top junior golf events ahead of him over the next few months, including the Scott Robertson Memorial, NIKE AJGA, FCWT Nationals and the Junior World Golf Championships.