Sean Hogan recently coached the next generation of aspiring Caymanian golfers.
The David Leadbetter Golf Academy instructor was here this month for the Cayman Islands Golf Invitational, which took place at the North Sound Golf Club. Hogan, 32, led a junior clinic and states golf is a benefit to local youngsters.
“It’s great, to triple the amount of kids participating in the third year, it’s definitely got more popular,” Hogan said. “As the interest the juniors have carries on, it’s a great credit to a tournament because the greatest measure is the success of it.
“Anytime kids are encouraged in healthy activities, like golf, the more life skills they learn. It’s best for them and Cayman can definitely build on each of these tournaments.”
Hogan has been teaching golf for nearly two decades. The Dublin, Ireland native boasts numerous accolades such as being named one of the top 20 teachers under age 40 in Florida from 2007 to 2009.
The Cayman invitational, in its third year, attracted nine elite golfers in Rich Beem, Brian Davis, Joakim Haeggman, Peter Hanson, Richard Johnson, Skip Kendall, Thomas Levet, Greg Owen and Steve Flesch. Many have starred on the Professional Golfers’ Association Tour and earned millions in their career.
By tournament’s end, Johnson and Levet emerged the winners with scores of 69 and 65. The top corporate side was Crighton Properties, consisting of Dale Crighton, Jimmy Field and Mike Farrington. The pros took home watches as prizes with the locals earning tickets to the 2013 Masters tournament in Augusta, Georgia.
Hogan states it was good to interact with the pros in a relaxed setting.
“I see several players on the PGA Tour at the David Leadbetter facility. I see some of those players regularly, who are on the Tour and it’s great to see them when they’re relaxed. It’s a nice change of pace, there’s no pressure to win a tournament.
“This whole tournament is a way to sponsor youth players, meet old and new friends on the Tour and in Cayman. It’s very enjoyable. I love teaching and I even gave some of the Pro-Am contestants a few pointers.”
For the record, the Cayman invitational is the brainchild of Marcello Santi, an Italian who is himself a former pro. It attracted major sponsors in the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, Cayman Airways, Camana Bay, Deloitte, Queensgate, Ogier, Crighton Properties, Red Sail, NCB and Maples.