Barbados swingers have the drive

“I like our chances. We’re
definitely a top five contender in my eyes.”

That is what Kevin Mumford had to
say after Cayman’s national golf team was named last weekend.

The squad will consist of 14
golfers, two reserves and two coaches. All are gearing up for the Caribbean
Amateur Golf Championships being held in Barbados this June.

Selection for the squad was based
on the best four scores from six qualifying rounds around the 18th annual
Cayman Islands Amateur Golf Championships.

That tournament was held at the
North Sound Golf Club and produced most of the team members. Their names (and
the segment of the Caribbean competition they
compete in) are as follows:

Hoerman Cup – Joel Dodson (Amateur
champion), Michael Wight, Matthew Wight, Jason Perras and Johnny Widmer

Ramon Baez trophy (Mid-Amateur) –
Colin Mackay and Trent Riggins

Francis and Steele-Perkins (Senior)
– Tracy Moore and George Christie

Higgs and Higgs (Super Senior) –
Robert Chilman and Tom Crawford

George Teale trophy (Ladies) –
Samantha Widmer (Amateur champion), Siobhan Ribbins and Isabel Lawson

Alternates: Paul Woodhouse (men)
and Emily Ribbins (ladies). Team manager is Bob Slatter and the head coach is
Kevin Mumford (who will get help training the team by co-worker Mike

Unlike almost all of his team-mates
Johnny Widmer did not take part in the recent Cayman championships. His
inclusion in the team might be considered a step but Cayman Islands Golf
Association Competition Committee secretary David Bird said Widmer deserved the

“The committee’s pick was Johnny
and he was unable to participate in the qualifying as he is attending college
in the States,” Bird said. “But he provided the committee with details of his
recent scores in collegiate competition which amply justified his selection.”

The other no-show at last weekend’s
Cayman event was Robert Chilman.

Head coach Mumford, who spends his
days as the director of golf at the North Sound Golf Club, said the team is
ready to improve on past performances.

“Two years ago we hosted the
Caribbean Championships and had an incredible showing,” Mumford said. “We
placed second in the Hoerman Cup (arguably the toughest event). In Turks and
Caicos last year it wasn’t the same excitement as before. We were intimidated
by the (Provo)
golf course.

“But we learned so much from that
and the intensity will increase this time around. All of the returning players want
to prove that we can compete and the other new players have the same attitude.

“As the coach I don’t think we did
everything to prepare for last year. This time we’re doing everything we can
and more. We’re going in with the same level of confidence as two years ago.”

Among the team-members looking
forward to Barbados
is Samantha Widmer, who feels Cayman can hold its own.

“The Cayman national team has been
determined for the trip to Barbados,”
Widmer said. “With some of the new players, I believe that we can compete
against some of the other top countries such as Trinidad and Puerto
Rico who have populations much greater than us.”