Hole in One could be a washout

On any given day a hole in one is extremely rare on the golf course.

Pretty much everything needs to be working in the golfer’s favour for them to achieve that perfect shot so it luck will play a big part in Wednesday’s Floating Hole in One Challenge at Camana Bay which is part of this year’s Cayman Islands Golf Invitational.

Organiser Marcello Santi, not satisfied with the normal hole in one challenges, thought up a way to test the golfers’ skill while adding a Caribbean twist which is how the floating hole in one came about.

The hole, designed by Santi, will be anchored 100 yards off shore in the harbour just behind the Camana Bay Crescent where golfers will not only have to judge the on shore prevailing winds but the motion of the ocean as well.

Local golfers making up the event sponsor teams and professionals alike will have a chance at making the shot which highlights the opening of the Cayman Islands Golf Invitational.

This year’s challenge which is sponsored by Kirk Freeport tees off at 5pm on Wednesday 5 December at the Crescent.

Will there be a golfer among the group with enough skill and the right amount of luck to pull off the shot? Only time will tell, but even if they don’t watching their attempts will provide you with spectacular golf entertainment.

Cayman residents will be rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s top professionals at the Cayman Islands Golf Invitational at the North Sound Golf Club later in the week.

It is on for two days this Friday and Saturday with tee off times at 1pm and 9am respectively.

The tournament, which would not be possible without the support of various local businesses, allows men who usually spend most of their time in the boardroom, a chance to play beside professionals they only ever see on TV. Players of the calibre of Paul Hanson and Brian Davis will compete.

The other pros are Skip Kendall, Rich Beem, Joakim Haegman, Thomas Levet, Richard Johnson, Steve Flesch and Greg Owen.

The main sponsors are the Department of Tourism, Cayman Airways, Camana Bay, Deloitte, Queensgate, Ogier, Crighton Properties, Red Sail, NCB and Maples.

Each sponsor gets a three-man team spot in the tournament, who will play with a different golf professional each day of the tournament. There is a random draw to see who each of the teams will be paired up with for the tournament. The winning team members will receive three tickets to the Masters 2013 and the winning pro will receive a watch as the prize so there is a competition on two levels.

The pro is doing his best to help his sponsor team each day while playing against his fellow professional golfers.

Santi, who has shared many rounds with each sponsor, decided three years ago to organise a tournament here to give locals the opportunity to improve their game through playing alongside world class pros.

Santi said: “It is very hard to make a change in your golf swing when you have reached a certain age in your life. These changes must be made early on, but it is not as difficult to improve your putting skills.

“I believe that 80 per cent of the game is on the putting green so if you improve your putting skill you will improve your game.

“We professionals have a saying on the golf course, ‘drive for show, putt for money’, which is something even amateurs should keep in the back of their minds when playing.” Santi also hopes that the sponsors will learn how to produce more playable shots and become more consistent in their game. “More efficient shots will get them in the best position for the next shot and ultimately improve their game.

“I would like to thank all the tournament’s loyal supporters and welcome on board all the new sponsors.

“The tournament which is open to the public free of charge will provide spectators with a level of golf rarely seen on Island.”

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