It was a new challenge on the links but the results offered few surprises.
The 19th annual Cayman Islands Amateur Golf Championships were held over last weekend at the North Sound Golf Club. A total of 47 players competed in various age group and stroke/handicap competitions.
Joel Dodson won the men’s division (with scores of 72 and 75 to make a combined score of 147) once again, this time by three shots over newcomer Brian Ross (75-75 = 150) and by six shots over Matthew Wight (77-76 = 153). Samantha Widmer was again the ladies’ division champion (73-79 = 152), edging Isabel Lawson by two shots (75-79 = 154). Tracy Moore was victorious in the senior’s division (78-80 = 158) and Tom Crawford is the super senior’s champion (76-83 = 159).
Dodson states his 2012 triumph was lucky.
“This result was particularly satisfying given that I haven’t had a chance to play very much this year,” Dodson said. “I didn’t start Saturday’s round particularly well but making eagle on 12 turned things around.”
In the handicap division, Jonathan Fitzgibbons was the champion (72-74 = 146). Karoly Szuchs finished second three shots back (73-76 = 149). Paula Chilman was the ladies handicap champion (71-73 = 144).
Cayman Islands Golf Association President Jason Perras states the turnout was solid.
“We had a fantastic tournament again this year,” Perras said. “The weather cooperated and the golf course was in very good condition. We were extremely grateful for the support that we received from all of the hole sponsors and prize sponsors. Our organization is very much reliant on corporate donations and sponsorships to host these types of events. A special thank you also goes out to Jason Deerwester and Robert Chilman of the North Sound Club for their assistance with the scoring over the weekend.”
Results from the Island Championships, along with four qualifying rounds held earlier this year, will be used to select the Cayman Islands national golf team which will be competing in the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships this August in St. Kitts. Once again, KPMG will be the national team’s uniform sponsor.
Samantha Widmer is particularly excited about the strength of this year’s women’s team.
“The Island Championship was a great success and I am proud to once again be a part of the amateur team to represent the Cayman Islands in August. I am very excited about the high level of the women’s team this year and I believe we have a great shot at placing first or second in St. Kitts. Also, I would like to thank the golf association for their efforts in continuing to promote golf in the Cayman community.”
The golf association would also like to thank all of their sponsors of the Island Championships this year in: BDO, Butterfield Bank, Charles Adams, Ritchie and Duckworth, CIBC First Caribbean, Citco Fund Services, Coldwell Banker, Deloitte, DMS, KPMG, Logic, Marsh, Meridian Fund Services, Ogier, PWC, Queensgate, RSM Cayman, Stepping Stones, Bob Slatter, UBS Fund Services, Willis, Britannia, Casanova, Cayman Distributors, Cayman Islands Brewery, Deckers/Prime/Abacus/Karoo, Eats/ Yoshi/Legendz, Eduardo’s, Island Supply, Karma, Kings Imports, Lone Star, Luca, North Sound Club, Ortanique, PD’s Pub, Stingers, Triple Crown, the Wharf.