Contenders swinging for props

Time will tell if history repeats itself on the links.

The 19th annual Cayman Islands Amateur Golf Championships will be played this weekend, 12-13 May, at the North Sound Golf Club. The event is open to golfers of all ages and playing abilities.

Although a pair of golfers go in with multiple titles, Cayman Islands Golf Association President Jason Perras states anything is possible.

“This is our biggest tournament of the year and it promises to be our most exciting event as well,” Perras said. “We traditionally have 60-70 players competing over the weekend in various age and handicap divisions. We had a playoff in our seniors division last year, which was the first playoff that we’ve had in ages. All divisions seem to be wide open this year, so who knows what will happen.”

In 2011 some 56 golfers participated with George Christie winning the seniors division after shooting scores of 80 and 79, beating out Paul Woodhouse (77, 82) on a play-off hole while Tracey Moore was third (79, 84). Bob Slatter claimed the super senior crown with scores of 83 and 79, ousting Tom Crawford (84, 81) and Bob Vere (86, 82).

Samantha Widmer was the ladies champion by shooting 73 and 74, besting Isabel Lawson (82, 79) and Emily Ribbins (81, 88). Joel Dodson nabbed the men’s title with scores of 70 and 75, beating out Michael Wight (74, 75) and Jason Lovelock (75, 79).

Prizes will be awarded based on age categories and handicap levels. The tournament results will also be used in selecting the Cayman Islands national golf team, which will be participating in the 54th Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships in St. Kitts this August.

Four of the six qualifying rounds for this year’s team have already been completed, with the two rounds of the island championship being the fifth and sixth qualifying rounds. This year’s national team will be sponsored by KPMG.

Players have the option of teeing off in either the morning or afternoon on Saturday, with all players teeing off in the afternoon on tournament Sunday. Food and refreshments will be served in conjunction with the awards ceremony following Sunday’s round.

News of the tournament comes after the recent announcement that North Sound will remain open for the foreseeable future.

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