Teed up for championship

Some of Cayman’s elite amateur golfers will soon hit the links in droves.

The 2008 Amateur Golf Championship will take place 24-25 May at North Sound Club for around 35 golfers.

NCB Homes is the new title sponsor of the competition. In February, HSBC was slated to be the lead sponsor.

The event will have a huge bearing on local golf. The men’s and ladies Champions will qualify to represent Cayman at the 52nd Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships from 6-9 August.

The tournament will also serve as the final stage of qualifying for the national team.

The format for the contest will centre on 36-hole stroke play. Contestants will compete for five different titles: men’s, ladies, men’s senior and men’s and ladies A Flight.

Competition will also be colour-coordinated. The men and seniors will use black tees and the ladies will use yellow tees. For the A Flight net prizes, the men will use blue and the ladies will use red tees.

Tee times will be in the morning and afternoon. Competitors are expected to be matched up with a random playing partner.

A host of prizes will be on offer at the tournament. They will be awarded at a reception at the golf course on Sunday.

In a press release, the Cayman Islands Golf Association said the use of the North Sound Club was a vital part of hosting the competition.

‘As Cayman’s premier and only 18-hole championship golf course it was essential to have the commitment of the North Sound Club in order to host the championships.’

Members of the public are welcome to play in the tournament as well. Entry fees are CI$50 for CIGA members and CI$100 for non-members.

Cart and green fees will be US$100 per day for non golf course members. Payment of all fees is required on the first day of the tournament.

Members of the public will also have to fill out an entry form. The forms are due no later than Tuesday, 20 May.

Entries can be sent to either Robert Woods at [email protected] or Paul Woodhouse at [email protected].

The Cayman Islands Golf Association has also asked for volunteers for the CAGC. Interested persons are asked to contact Judy van Liere at 516 8296 or e-mail [email protected].