Led by team manager Bob Slatter, the Cayman Islands team will face fierce competition against eight other teams from countries around the region at the RBC 56th Annual Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships, set to take place in St. Kitts from 6-12 August.
In commenting on the team’s chances in this year’s tournament Slatter was optimistic, saying that the team is adequately prepared for both the course and the competition.
The team will have to rely on the individual skills of its players as they strive to cop trophies in six categories:
Men’s Open Competition, Hoerman Cup: Jason Lovelock, Adam Nashed, Jason Perras, Philip Wight, Paul Woodhouse
Men Over 50 Years, Francis and Steele-Perkins Trophy: Eustace Jeffers and Tracy Moore
Men Over 60 Years, Higgs and Higgs Trophy: Richard Jones and Andy Newton
Men Over 35 Years, Ramon Baez Trophy: Joel Dodson and Michael Wight
Ladies’ Open Competition, George Teale Trophy: Isabel Lawson, Emily Ribbins, Samantha Widmer
Overall Team Championship, Arthur Zaide Trophy: Cayman national team
For the second consecutive year, RBC is the title sponsor of the championships. The Bank’s support comes in large measure from an overall strategy to promote, as well as integrate, golf into the wider community.
Area Vice President for RBC Cayman Islands Jason Waters reinforced the Bank’s commitment to the event, golf and the region, saying: “RBC is proud to once again support the CAGC. Our decision to get on board is driven by our desire to elevate the game in the Caribbean much in the same way that we have in Canada and the United States through our parent company RBC.”
Making its return is one of the most anticipated attractions of the championships, Birdies for Charity – RBC’s social responsibility initiative in collaboration with the Caribbean Golf Association CGA. RBC will contribute a maximum of US$45,000 to the nine teams who can earn up to a maximum of US$5,000 each to donate to the charity of their choice.
Speaking on the team’s donation to Cayman HospiceCare and The Caring For Life Foundation, Cayman Islands Golf Association President Jason Perras said, “We are delighted to be able to play our part through this donation to two exemplary charities in the Cayman Islands, Cayman HospiceCare and The Caring For Life Foundation.
“We truly believe these organizations are full of energy and commitment in everything they do. They have amazing groups of people that perform invaluable services to the national community as well as for those children and adults who benefit from their hard work.”
The RBC 56th Annual Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships, hosted by the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club, will once again bring out the best in the competition over an 18-hole, Par-71 course at 6,900 yards from the championship gold tees. The extraordinary layout also boasts water hazards on 10 holes, 80 bunkers and a multitude of coconut palm trees along the Atlantic Ocean.
St. Kitts has hosted the championships in previous years and is regarded by many regional players as one of the best conditioned and most scenic golf courses in the Caribbean.