Ladies swing for Cayman pride

Cayman’s top ladies had the best showing at the recent Caribbean Amateur Golf Championship in Trinidad.

The trio of Samantha Widmer, Emily Ribbins and Isabel Lawson would place third in the ladies competition. They would sport a combined score of 154, finishing ahead of Barbados, Organization for Eastern Caribbean States, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. The George Teale ladies trophy would end up going to hosts Trinidad, who sported top duo Monifa Sealy and Tracey Clarke.

For the ladies it was a solid result after battling inclement weather and an unfamiliar course. A statement from tournament officials stated the girls did well, saying, “play was set back by weather conditions. Winds from four different directions and a soggy course made it challenging for golfers as they made their rounds. Inclement weather conditions however failed to dampen their spirits.”

In addition to the ladies, Cayman’s Senior/Men over 50 team (chasing the Francis and Steele-Perkins Trophy) came fourth. Tracy Moore and Paul Woodhouse (combined +13) would finish two shots behind Barbados (+11) for third place.

Cayman was mediocre in the other events. The Men’s Open (Hoerman Cup) side of Adam Nashed, Jason Lovelock, Phillip Wight, Serge Berube and Jason Parras finished eighth out of nine teams. Joel Dodson and Michael Wight placed seventh in the mid-amateur/men over 35 category (playing for the Ramon Baez Trophy).

Hosts Trinidad would claim the overall team championship. Interestingly Cayman made six birdies, part of the 75 total birdies produced during the tournament. All of those scores would help the RBC Caribbean Children’s Cancer Fund raise TT$75,000.

RBC Caribbean Banking Chief Executive Officer Suresh Sookoo states it was a sound partnership between golf and the cancer fund.

“RBC is committed to supporting Caribbean player development from the ground level,” Suckoo said. “We’re paving the way for high-performance amateurs to become Caribbean stars at the professional level, while making a positive impact on our communities.”

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