Some of the best young golfers from across the region will be in the Cayman Islands next month for the Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championship.
The event takes place between 2 and 5 July at the North Sound Golf Club. Around 80 of the region’s top junior golfers – boys and girls ages 11 to 17 – will be arriving to compete for individual and team honours.
Teams have entered from Bahamas, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, the Eastern Caribbean, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Trinidad and Tobago and the Cayman Islands.
In addition to the players, it is anticipated there will be around 70 additional visitors supporting the visiting teams.
The Cayman Islands has been participating in the tournament since mid 1990s. The Cayman Islands hosted the event in 2002.
On 2 June, a qualifying competition was held at the North Sound Golf Club to pick the team to represent the Cayman Islands.
The players selected were J.C. Trickett, Joe Purton, Ben Black, Justin Hastings, Joe Ribbins and Adam Stainrod in the 11 to 13 age group, Andrew Jarvis and Sam Stainrod in the 14 and 15 age group and Conor O’Dea in the 16 and 17 age group.
The team manager, Siobhan Ribbins, and the club’s professional coaching staff Jason Deerwester, Robert Chilman and Brad Deschiffert are helping team members prepare.
Ribbins said: “A number of the team are still fairly new to the game, but they are all practicing really hard and are looking forward to playing their best and to meeting other young golfers from across the region.”
Jason Perras, president of the Cayman Islands Golf Association, which is responsible for organising the event, said: “We are delighted to welcome all the junior golfers to Cayman.
“CIGA currently organises a junior coaching programme and we hope that staging an international event like this will really showcase the game of golf and help us grow golf as a sport here in Cayman.”
The Cayman Islands has a rich history of those who started in the Junior Championships taking their golf to great heights. Johnny, Samantha and Jack Widmer all played in the juniors for Cayman with Johnny and Sam both playing golf at the collegiate level in the US. They have both gone on to represent the islands at senior level championships. Matthew Wight was also a successful junior who now plays on the senior team. This years’ team member Joe Ribbins’ older sister Emily, who will be playing college golf next year, played as a junior and is now on the senior team.