Dodson had family backing to keep him on course

Thanks to his recent form there is
little doubt that Joel Dodson is one of Cayman’s best golfers.

Last weekend he won his third men’s
title in four years at the 18th annual Cayman Islands Amateur Golf
Championships sponsored by NCB Homes.

Dodson produced first and second
round scores of 74 and 73 to beat Michael Wight (74, 81) for the championship.

On hand for the epic win was Joel’s
wife Alyssa Dodson and two year-old son Luke Dodson. Joel was quick to say it
was a fun experience at the 18-hole North Sound Golf Club.

“I felt I played pretty well,”
Dodson said. “There are a couple of sloppy shots I would have liked to have
back but on the whole I did well. I’ve been champ a couple times now and it
feels good to win again.

“This time especially as there some
pretty good guys I had to play against. Its funny in that almost all of the
guys I faced I play with every weekend. Guys like Michael Wight, Trent Riggins
and Colin Mackay are who I normally play. So for me the tournament was like a
regular Saturday out on the links.”

With the win Dodson returns to the
Cayman national team, which next goes into action in June at the Caribbean
Amateur Golf Championships in Barbados.

Dodson spoke about his approach at
last weekend’s tournament.

“I knew if I shot around par (about
142) over the two days I’d have a good chance of winning,” Dodson said. “But it
wasn’t easy as the course was windier than usual and thus tougher than usual. A
couple of shots were a lot harder. If you didn’t pay attention you would screw
up a round very easily. From what I saw missing shots got a pretty high score.”

North Sound Golf Club pro and national
men’s golf coach Kevin Mumford was on hand for the entire tournament. In his
eyes Dodson excelled thanks to his putting prowess.

“Early in the year Joel realized
his short game needed work and that he needed to focus on putting,” Mumford
said. “He and I put in a lot of work and now he is the most consistent putter
on the island.”