Teed up for Trinidad

Some of Cayman’s brightest golf talents are off to one of the Caribbean’s premier tournaments.

The Cayman squad will compete in the 2008 Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships. The competition starts on Sunday until next Friday at the St. Andrews golf course in Trinidad.

The tournament consists of two practice sessions and three competitive rounds. Participants will battle across three age divisions: 16-17, 14-15, and 13 and under.

The team of young prodigies competing for Cayman are Kody Bergstrom, Shehzad Hafiz, Kevin Mitchell and Jack Widmer. Hafiz is arguably the most accomplished golfer of the squad. He placed third in the boys 14-15 age group in last year’s event in Antigua.

Cayman will be one of eight countries competing. Some of Cayman’s competition includes Barbados, Dominican Republic and Jamaica.

The St. Andrews course, located in the hills north of Port of Spain, has been described as challenging.

Most of the online literature on the course says the hilly terrain (including heavily contoured greens), narrow fairways and variations in climate near the 18-hole course pose problems in breaking par and getting low scores.

This year’s event is being hosted by the Trinidadian Golf Association. Last year’s competition was organized by the Caribbean Golf Association and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States Golf Association.

The CAJGC is known for offering tough courses. Last year’s event took place at the Cedar Valley Golf Club in Antigua. Due to a lack of rain, that course was dry and stiff.

Team manager Sue Widmer, mother of golfers Jack, Johnny and Samantha Widmer, said the squad feels confident about their performance in the tournament.

She said the competition is important for the future of all golf talents.

‘Many juniors graduate from this tournament to play in the Amateurs and on Division 1 college golf teams.’

She also urged the public to keep track of the team’s progress by logging on to www.cajgc2008.com.

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