Swingers drive for St. Kitts

Cayman’s national team is preparing for the Caribbean’s biggest golf tournament.

The Cayman Islands is sending multiple squads to the 57th annual RBC Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships, to be held at Royal St. Kitts Golf Club in St. Kitts from 5-12 August. For the second consecutive year, KPMG will be the national team’s main sponsor. Cayman Islands Golf Association President and men’s team member Jason Perras states the support is vital.

“KPMG has graciously agreed to be our team sponsor again this year,” Perras said. “Sponsorship such as this is very important to us as our organization is entirely reliant on donations and membership dues for fundraising.”

This year’s team consists of Jason Lovelock, Adam Nashed, Jason Perras, Philip Wight and Paul Woodhouse on the men’s side, Michael Wight and Joel Dodson on the Mid-Amateur squad (age 35 and over), Eustace Jeffers and Tracy Moore on the Senior’s team (age 50 and over), Andy Newton and Richard Jones in the Super-Senior’s side (age 60 and over) and Emily Ribbins, Isabel Lawson and Samantha Widmer on the women’s squad.

KPMG Senior Marketing Manager Marie Parker states their support is part of a global backing for golf.

“KPMG’s support is consistent with our sponsorship of PGA tour professional and KPMG global ambassador, Phil Mickelson,” Parker said. “In fact, this year’s national team will be kitted out with the same Callaway hats that Phil wears on tour. We are honoured to once again support the Cayman national team and wish them every success at the tournament.”

Mid-Amateur team member and KPMG Director Joel Dodson added, “Every year, the Cayman Islands are always the most professionally outfitted team in the tournament. In preparation for the tournament, the team practices every Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon. We’ve found that it’s a good way to build morale amongst the team members and help out the players who don’t play in these types of tournaments very often.”

Of note, senior team member Eustace Jeffers will be returning to the course that he grew up on in St. Kitts.

“The course has similar grass to the North Sound Club and the wind conditions are similar as well,” Jeffers said. “The slope rating there is not as difficult as North Sound and I would like to think that our players should do well.

“I played on that course in the St. Kitts Open golf tournament between 2006 and 2011 and was the senior champion three times and runner-up three times.”