The last 36 days has been a trying time for Samantha Widmer. On one hand she held her own at a international golf competition. On the other hand she lost her mother to cancer.
Widmer competed at the 2011 Island Games in the Isle of Wight. In the face of 59 competitors, Widmer placed sixth in the female division. She played on two golf courses over four days and posted scores of 80, 76, 80 and 76. She states it was a good experience.
“The conditions in the Isle of Wight were quite different than what we are used to in the Cayman Islands,” Widmer said. “Lots of wind, rain and cool weather were present during the four days of competition. I was happy with my performance and really enjoyed representing Cayman once again at such a prestigious event. There really is nothing like representing your home country on the international stage.”
However that result came at a low point in Widmer’s life. Her mum Sue lost her battle with colon cancer days before the Island Games were slated to start. Her passing was a blow to Samantha, her two brothers Jack (who competes in sports like fishing and flag football) and Johnny (one of Cayman’s best golfers currently overseas) and the rest of the family.
Sue, who introduced her daughter to golf at age 12, would be as much as an inspiration in death as she was in life.
“I have my mum to thank for all her hard work and dedication for providing us with the opportunity to be a part of sports and after school activities. I will continue to play and make her proud.”
Widmer has little time to grieve. Her next tournament is the 55th Caribbean Amateur Golf Championship 1-6 August. Trinidad and Tobago will serve as the host country (for the 12th occasion) with play centred around the Millennium Lakes Golf Club in Trincity for the first time. The course has a par 71 championship layout with golfers having two practice rounds and four competition rounds.
Widmer is part of the Cayman team that goes against eight other Caribbean countries including the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos and hosts Trinidad.
She has an added incentive to excel as the region’s top lady golfer, a title she won at the 2010 Caribbean Amateurs at Barbados’ Royal Westmoreland Golf Club. Widmer states she does not mind the pressure.
“The course requires a great deal of skills to manage the deep bunkering and lakes that are scattered throughout. In general the Caribbean Amateur championship is one of my favourite events to play. I have been competing on the team for twelve years and I keep coming back for more.
The level of golf in the Caribbean region is extremely high and competitive, which makes for a great competition.”
Once the Caribbean Amateurs are over, Widmer’s life will continue to surge ahead.
Her next gig will be taking part in the Miss Cayman pageant on 24 September.