Fab four have a familiar ring

Cayman’s best golfers came to the
fore last weekend at the 18-hole North Sound Golf Club.

Roughly 40 golfers made great
drives and putts in the 18th annual Cayman Islands Amateur Golf Championships
last Saturday and Sunday sponsored by NCB Homes.

Competitors were split up in four
categories: men’s, ladies, seniors and super seniors. By day’s end four competitors
stood tall in Tracy Moore, Tom Crawford, Samantha Widmer and Joel Dodson.

Moore won the
senior division after shooting home scores of 82 and 76 in the first and second
rounds respectively. He beat out Steven Heal (86, 79) and George Christie (78,

Crawford claimed the super senior
title with scores of 78 in the first round and 82 in the second. Bob Slatter
came second (78, 83) and Richard Jones (89, 88) was third.

As expected, Widmer had solid
scores of 72 and 73 for the victory in the women’s section. Surprisingly they
would double as the lowest scores in the entire tournament. In second was Emily
Ribbins (89, 78) and third was Isabel Lawson (87, 82).

Dodson nabbed the men’s title with
scores of 74 and 73. He would just beat out Michael Wight (74, 81) and Tracy
Moore (82,76).

Honourable mention goes to Paul
Woodhouse who had one of the better second round scores of 75, Ribbins who is
just 15 and Phillip Wight who was back in a competition after a long lay-off.

On the whole North Sound Golf Club
pro and national men’s golf coach Kevin Mumford felt the tournament did well to
showcase Cayman’s talent.

“I think we have some incredible
golfers here,” Mumford said. “Every year the competition gets better. For golf
on these islands the tournament is an appropriate representation of the talent

“In particular Samantha Widmer proved
that she is an incredible ladies champion with the best overall scores. The men
were tied once again until the final round. Mike Wight showed he is an incredible
athlete while Joel Dodson was a consistent threat hitting the fairways and

Prior to the tournament this
reporter caught up with Samantha Widmer who talked about deciding to play in
spite of her mom Sue suffering with colon cancer at home. Widmer said her win
was dedicated to mom.

“I thought I played well this
weekend, especially with the tough wind conditions,” Widmer said. “Obviously I
would have liked to shoot under par but that does not really matter at this
point. What matters is that I played some of the best golf in months and my
practice has paid off.

“Also, I know that my mum would be
proud that I was able to fight through the tough times and honour her through
this win.

“I’d also like to take this time to
say thanks to all of the tournament sponsors: our title sponsor for the third
year in a row NCB Homes, Pirate’s Sunshine Suites, Casanova, Billy Bones,
Ogier, The Beaver – Bob Slatter, Cayman Growers, KPMG, Facing Africa, West
Indies Brokers, Deloitte, The Wharf restaurant, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Ernst
and Young, Dart Enterprises, Inc, Butterfield, Maples and Calder, First Caribbean
Bank, Admiral Administration Ltd and Cayman National Bank.”