Joel Dodson retained his billing as one of the Cayman Islands’ best golfers.
The KPMG partner shot scores of 77 and 74 to claim the men’s crown at the 2013 Cayman Islands National Golf Championships. The two-day event, which used a stroke play format, took place earlier this month at North Sound Golf Club.
Dodson beat out Jason Lovelock (76, 77) and Philip Wight (80, 74), with 27 golfers competing in that category. The national championships featured six groupings with winners eligible for spots on the national team competing in St. Thomas this summer for the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships, the region’s top tournament.
George Christie (76, 78) won the Seniors title ahead of Tracy Moore (80, 80), Andy Cook (83, 87) and five other golfers. Andy Newton (86, 80) needed a playoff to edge Richard Jones (84, 82) for the Super Seniors crown. Bob Slatter (87, 88) placed third as the field featured six players.
Samantha Widmer (70, 73) topped the ladies category once again ahead of Isabel Lawson (80, 73) and Siobhan Ribbins (88, 80).
The Men’s Handicap division drew 15 golfers, with James Walton (75, 73) beating out Tim Callow (76, 74) and Garth MacDonald (75, 76). On the ladies side, Emma Woodhouse (68, 78) defeated Rocio Esau (74, 74) and Judy Van Liere (82, 73).
The Cayman Islands Golf Association organised the tournament. There were 21 hole and 16 prize sponsors.
Focus now shifts to St. Thomas, the year’s second major international event for local players after Cayman participated in the 18th annual Caribbean Golf Classic last month in the Dominican Republic. It was conducted by the Caribbean Golf Association on Casa de Campo’s three most famous Pete Dye-designed courses in Teeth of the Dog, Links and Dye Fore.