The 3rd day of play at any golf tournament is known as ‘moving day’ Today we were blessed again by pleasant conditions, enough breeze to test the players and a course in fantastic condition receiving rave reviews by players and spectators alike. Robert Grell from Trinidad & Tobago, who has played in about 46 of the 52 previous championships held across the Caribbean, went so far to say that this course is probably in the best condition of any he has ever played in this event.
In the Hoerman Cup, the main Men’s team event, Day 2 leader Puerto Rico put in another solid set of scores boosted in no small way by a hole in one on the 140 yard 1st by the leader in the individual event, Mauricio Muniz. He went on to record another great score of 69, 2 under par, his third 69 in succession, and he remains in the lead of the individual rankings 3 strokes ahead of Adrian Norford from OECS. Cayman’s Joel Dodson shot one of the best rounds of the tournament so far, a 3 under par 68 to keep the Cayman team well in the hunt for a place in the top 3. The top of the team leaderboard is very tight with Cayman in 5th position after Day 3 but there are only 8 strokes between 2nd and 5th positions with one day of play remaining and 4 more scores to count.
In the George Teale Trophy, the Ladies team event, Cayman is in 3rd position only 5 strokes behind 2nd placed Trinidad & Tobago. Highlight of the day was Samantha Widmer’s one under par 70, her second sub par round in the 3 days of play.
Another fascinating day is in store tomorrow in the Ramon Baez Trophy (Men’s mid-amateur – over 35). The Cayman team of Colin Mackay and Trent Riggins were joint leaders at the start of the day with the Dominican Republic and did well to grind out another 2 under par round of 69 to stand at -9 for the tournament. This score was matched by DR but Barbados produced a fantastic 66 to move to the top of the leaderboard. The final day’s play will be a nail biting affair and should be well worth watching – the leaders go out just before midday. Cayman has never won this event before – come out and support the team!
The Men’s seniors (50+) play for the Francis Steele Perkins trophy. Puerto Rico are well ahead in this event with Cayman’s Robert Chilman and Steve Heal in 3rd equal spot after Day 3 and looking to make a push for one of the top 2 positions on Day 4. The Higgs & Higgs, the Super Senior men’s event (60+), is another tight affair with DR and Jamaica leading the way. Cayman acquitted themselves well on Day 3 with a level par 71.
In the overall team event, the Arthur Ziadie Trophy, Cayman is well positioned in 4th place going into the last day behind the regional golfing ‘giants’ Puerto Rico, DR and Jamaica. This is far and away the best performance ever of any Cayman team in these Championships – a good performance on the final day could even lift us into 3rd place which would be a remarkable achievement.
Play starts on Saturday at 7am with the Seniors and Super Seniors leading off followed by the Ladies. The Mid Am and the main Men’s teams head out from around 11.30am. All are welcome to come to watch and support.