The Caribbean Golf Association recently held the inaugural Caribbean Cup in Puerto and two Caymanian players were part of the winning team.
The event was based on the format of the Walker Cup with some of the best amateur players from the West Caribbean competing against the best of the East Caribbean in a match play format over three days. Robert Woods,
Cayman Islands Golf Association President and local teenager Johnny Widmer were part of the West Caribbean team.
After a strong start by the West, East made a charge in the single matches on the last day of competition, winning 7 1/2 points out of the possible 12. Though it was a strong finish, the West had to win only four points to clinch the Cup. They won 4 1/2 points, good enough to take the Cesar Rivera Trophy home. East finished with 12 ½ points and West 14 ½ points.
Individual highlights included East players Mitchum Jasper from T&T and Julian Jordan from Barbados and Woods having a clear record in their matches with no losses. Jasper was 3-0-1, Jordan 2-0-2, and Woods 2-0-1.
Widmer and Woods both performed very well, scoring 5 1/2 of the total 14 1/2 points accumulated by the winning 12 players on the Western team.
An emotional Cesar Rivera, CGA’s tournament coordinator, expressed his appreciation to the CGA and all players as the trophy was awarded to Western team captain Vernon Wells who said: ‘If this is the start of a biennial event like the Walker Cup, then this is really something spectacular. The level of competition from the guys in the Caribbean was far greater than past experiences, but I only hope that future years will be even greater.’