The Cayman Islands’ top female golfer has targeted gold at the Island Games in Bermuda next month.
Samantha Widmer said she believes she is playing some of the best golf of her career after claiming the Cayman Islands national title in May. And she is hoping for further success at both the Island Games and the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships in August.
The former beauty pageant contestant, who is balancing her golf training with studying for her Certified Public Accountants qualification, said she has found consistency and confidence at the right time with competition season approaching.
“I’m excited that my game has really began to shine this summer,” Widmer said.
She took bronze at the Island Games in Aland, Finland, in 2009 and hopes for an even better performance in Bermuda, where she said she believes individual and team golds are a possibility.
“I am always in the mindset when attending events that we are there to win and that is the goal. I feel as though 2013 is my most confident year.
“I feel refreshed, focused and excited to represent the Cayman Islands at such a prestigious and internationally recognisable event.
“There will be a number of well-practised and famous international golfers attending the tournament this summer, but I am excited for the challenge and being able to play with other women that are passionate about the sport.”
Balancing a hectic work schedule with training demands has been tough for Widmer, but she says golf is a great escape from her studies.
“It provides me with a great outlet during the busy work week and I appreciate the challenge it continues to give me each time I am on the links.”
Long-term, Widmer has targeted a spot in the Pan American Games in 2015, now that golf has been added to the Olympic sports list.
She added: “I am hoping to compete in the 2015 Pan Am Games and put Cayman on the map for golf at an international level.
“It is important that we continue to support both our youth and national team players so they are able to gain opportunities to represent the Island.
“Our golf talent on the Island is very high and I only see good things for the future of the Cayman Islands on the golf circuit.”
Widmer is involved in bringing through the next generation of Caymanian golfers and is happy that the Caribbean junior championships will be held at the North Sound club in Grand Cayman in July.
“I grew up playing in these tournaments so it is exciting to see them coming to play in Cayman,” she added.
“I’m excited that my game has really began to shine this summer.” SAMANTHA WIDMER