Johnny putts Colorado on top

Johnny Widmer recently helped his school earn props in golf.

The Cayman golfer was part of the University of Colorado’s winning team at the institution’s second annual Mark Simpson Invitational. Widmer shot scores of 70, 75 and 71 to finish 18th out of over 85 players. Colorado would beat out other National Collegiate Athletic Association division one schools like New Mexico, Oklahoma and Kansas.

Widmer, a senior, states his putting worked best in the tournament.

“My putting was the strongest part of my game at this particular event,” Widmer said. “My driving can be my greatest asset because of the distance I can hit it.

“It is where I belong. I feel as if my game is at a level that I should be able to compete with the best in the college circuit.”

The brother of Miss Cayman contestant and top lady golfer Samantha Widmer is pursuing a degree in Sociology and is set to graduate in the coming months. Golf-wise, his schedule is quite busy. He recently took part in a United States Air Force Academy tournament and an in-state rivalry competition with Colorado State over the course of a few days.

With plans to earn a certification to teach golf, Widmer admits that his attention is on reaching great heights on the US scene.

“Colorado is completely different from Cayman in respect to golf. The courses are often much longer and it allows me to learn the ability to adapt to different styles of play. Cayman will always be my home. I aspire to play professional golf and to do that I must be in the US a lot of the time because of the competition and opportunities within the golfing world.

“I would love to take the game of golf to a new level in Cayman but I am going to need the background to do so. Cayman competes every year in the Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships as well as the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships. I would love to one day build a solid golfing community on the Island and provide a future for the sport on our small Island.

“I believe that anywhere small or large contains undiscovered talent that is waiting to be found. I aspire to one day let the world know about Cayman through my successes.”

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