The Cayman Islands Golf Association is preparing to host the 26th Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships this summer. The tournament will be held on the only 18-hole golf course on Grand Cayman, the North Sound Golf Club, from 1-6 July.
The Championships are played annually and are rotated amongst the member islands of the Caribbean Golf Association. The event features the best 100 juniors from the Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos and the US Virgin Islands, along with their coaches and supporters.
Young Caymanians such as Matthew Wight, Jordan Totten, Faisal and Shehzad Hafiz, Oliver Burton, Emily Ribbins, Samantha, Johnny and Jack Widmer have all seen success at this event.
Tournament Director, Bob Slatter, is excited about the opportunity to host the event.
“We last hosted the event in 2002 with the assistance of many sponsors and volunteers,” Slatter said. “It is our goal not only to conduct the premier annual event for junior golf in the Caribbean, but to have our 150 visitors say once again that the Cayman Islands are the best hosts.”
Slatter has been a great supporter for junior golf in the Cayman Islands and continues to encourage youngsters to take up the game at a young age.
The team event, first played in Puerto Rico in 1988, is played over 54 holes, in three divisions for boys and girls aged 11-17. The Cayman Islands held the junior championships in 2002 when Johnny Widmer won the coveted Bob Slatter Trophy for Cayman as best male junior golfer under the age of 13.
North Sound has seen increased interest in the number of junior players. The junior golf programme provides Cayman’s youth with clinics throughout the year as well as an intensive summer camp where they receive professional golf lessons to help them improve the mechanics of their game and gain confidence in competitive tournaments.
A number of juniors will be selected to compete for the Cayman Islands in the Championships based on playing ability, scores and eagerness to improve.
North Sound professional Jason Deerwester said, ”The North Sound Golf Club is very excited to be hosting the CAJGC this July. Robert Chilman and myself have been working with many of the local juniors and have high hopes for the Cayman team.
“In addition to our daily maintenance of the course, there is a plan in place to make several improvements that will only make the golf course that much better. I expect a great tournament and encourage everyone to come out and show your support for the junior golfers this summer.”
The event requires many hours of work, resources, sponsorship and volunteers to make it a successful tournament for all participants. The tournament provides a platform for young junior players involved in the game of golf to experience a competitive playing field, build relationships with other juniors from the Caribbean and develop a sense of accomplishment with their hard work in preparing for the event.
Many players from the Caribbean Junior Championships are recruited by top universities in the United States and Canada on golf scholarships and qualify for the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships.
For more information, the public is asked to contact the North Sound Golf Club or Tournament Director, Bob Slatter