Santi putts ahead

A highly-touted golf tournament is about to begin in the Cayman Islands.

The Audemars Piguet Invitational golf tournament starts Wednesday, 14 December and runs until Saturday, 17 December. The competition, in its second year, will tee off at the Blue Tip golf course at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

Local resident and golf pro Marcello Santi serves as organizer. The Italian native started the event last December to promote local golf and sports tourism.

Some 11 pros and 33 amateurs are expected to participate. Among the pros are Peter Hanson, Alex Cejka, Brain Davis, Thomas Levet, Richard Johnson, Alex Noren, Oliver Wilson, Greg Owen and Cassandra Marie Blaney. One pro will be paired with three amateurs and the pro with the lowest score is the winner.

The event schedule sees a floating hole-in-one competition at Camana Bay on Wednesday, a golf clinic with a David Leadbetter Golf Academy instructor on Thursday, tournament play on Friday and Saturday with free public admission, a celebrity football match at the Camana Bay field at 5pm featuring Italian great Gianfranco Zola on Friday and a junior golf clinic on Saturday.

Sponsoring the tournament is Cayman Airways, Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, QueensGate, Red Sail Sports, Deloitte, Crighton Properties, Maples and main sponsor Audemars Piguet.