Mature swingers chase birdies

It is no secret that the Cayman Islands has a fair bit of golf talent over 30 years-old. The local golf body hopes to showcase some of those players soon.

The North Sound Golf Club hosts a tournament this Saturday. Local golfers will be competing for a spot in the 16th annual Caribbean Classic at the Professional Golfers Association National resort in West Palm Beach, Florida 12-14 May. The event, put on by the Caribbean Golf Association, is one of the top competitions in the region, highlighted by the Dessie Henry women’s competition.

The Cayman qualifiers feature local players conducting stroke play over one round of 18 holes at the golf club. The male and female competitors with the best four scores will represent Cayman (airfare and accommodations will be covered by the golf association).

Interestingly there is a slightly different scoring system used for male and female swingers. The ladies utilize the Stableford points setup (based on gross scores) with the women playing using red tees. The men are on a net score system and play using white tees.

Cayman’s top female golfer at the moment is Samantha Widmer who serves on the golf association board. At 23 she is too young to compete in the event but states the competition is vital to local golf.

“These tournaments are a fantastic opportunity for golfers that possibly could not qualify for the national team to participate,” Widmer said. “Our association promotes not only our best golfers but also those that are starting to get into the game of golf or have had some years of experience.

“Our mission for 2011 is to design a schedule that incorporates tournaments for all levels of players, so that people have an equal chance of competing internationally to represent the Cayman Islands. With having the Dessie Henry and Caribbean Classic qualifying, our association has opened the door for all levels of golfers to compete and win a trip to play internationally. We are encouraging both new and old members to sign up and have a go.”

The golf association reminds the public that membership is required to participate. A fee of CI$50 is in order. For more information log on to