Fourteen-year-old Payton Wight and senior golfer Tracy Moore each made a hole-in-one over the weekend competing at the NCB Island Championships.
Wight accomplished his feat on the fifth hole of the North Sound Golf Club. On Sunday Wight used a six iron to drain the ball into the bottom of the hole roughly 140 yards away.
Moore made his mark on Friday on the same course. He achieved the feat on the 10th hole by using a driver to launch his ball over 345 yards.
Those watching the play included Brian Eccles, Rodney Frederick, Peter Mitchell (for Wight) and Ali Hall-Jones and Kody Bergstrom (for Moore).
Wight became the youngest golfer to achieve a hole-in-one at either the former Links at Safehaven or the North Sound Club. Moore made his fifth hole-in-one on a par four.
Sunday saw the end of the Cayman amateur golf championships. Play teed off Friday at the site of major sponsor North Sound Golf Club.
Out of the field of roughly 70 golfers, many emerged winners at the end of play.
Ali Hall-Jones won the men’s championship with a combined score of 145 after rounds of 77 and 68. Second place went to Michael Wight at 147 (rounds of 77, 70) and Stephen Heal with a score of 147 (73, 74).
Orapin ‘Nitty’ Howe was the ladies champion with a score of 159 (78, 81) with Siobahn Ribbins placing second with a score of 166 (80, 86).
Heal emerged the senior champion while Robert Chilman with a score of 148 (71, 77) finished second.
In the A Flight division, Garth McDonald (74, 65 for 139) was the male winner and Emily Ribbins (66, 75 for 141) was the ladies’ champion. Dan Anderton (75, 69 for 144) and Judy van Liere (71, 72 for 142) were second.
In the end, the overall net champion was Heal with a net score of 131. Peter Mitchell was the junior winner with a score of 187 (100, 87) and Wight received a special prize for his efforts.
‘It was a great weekend and a big thanks to our sponsors and to everyone who took part for making it such a success. With approximately 70 entries this was the strongest field we have had for these Championships for several years,’ said Paul Woodhouse of the Cayman Islands Golf Association.
‘Without doubt, the round of the weekend was by Ali Hall Jones in the Mens Championship – he came from six behind after a 1st round 77 to shoot a gross 68 (-3) in round two to win the title by two strokes.’
Up next for the Cayman golf scene is the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships. This will be held in Cayman in early August.
CIGA needs volunteers for scoring, marshalling, etc. Anyone who would like to help should contact Judy van Liere at 516-8296 or e-mail [email protected].