Golf champs at North Sound

One of the region’s most prestigious golf events is being held in Cayman.

The 2008 Caribbean Amateur Golf Championship will be held at the North Sound Club. Play will tee off August 6-9.

Teams arrive on August 3 and will play practise rounds until the start of the tournament.

Ten regional teams from Caribbean Golf Association member countries including Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago will compete. Each team is expected to field 14 players leading to a total of 140 golfers in action.

This will mean the North Sound Club will be at near capacity. The course can reportedly hold a maximum of 144 golfers on any given day.

The Cayman national team will be announced the week of May 25. From there local golfers will engage in practice sessions and intense training until August 2. Expected to be in the Cayman team is the brilliant teenager Johnny Widmer

The national team is expected to consist of three players in the ladies division, five in the men’s division and two in both the mid-amateur and super-senior divisions.

National qualifiers, which began in February are ongoing to decide the national team. The qualifiers are being held in six instalments.

The 2007 tournament was held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic last August and saw teams from various Caribbean countries.

Cayman was originally in line to host the tournament four years ago. However, due to Hurricane Ivan, Cayman could not and has since renovated its courses to host the competition.

The CAGC is generally thought of as a stepping stone for pro players. Stephen Ames of Trinidad and Tobago was one of the more prominent pro players to play in the tournament. Ames went on to debut in the Professional Golfers Association in 1987.

Ames plays under the Canadian flag in this his 21st PGA season. This year, Ames is ranked 29 on the money list with winnings in excess of US$675,000.

Nicole Coe, Public Relations Officer for the Cayman Islands Golf Association, says hosting the tournament is a great honour for Cayman.

‘The CAGC is the biggest amateur championship in the region. 10 countries, some with great golfing pedigrees like Puerto Rico, will be competing for some six different trophies.

‘The competition will see arguably the best calibre amateurs in the entire Caribbean.’

For the latest news and results for Cayman golf, log on to their website at www.caymanislandsgolfassociation.com.

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