Juniors clubbed together like vets

The Cayman Islands hosted the 26th annual Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships at the North Sound club this month.

The Tournament Planning Committee, together with the Cayman Islands Golf Association, the Caribbean Golf Association, and 63 volunteers made the three-day 
event possible.

Seventy-three junior players from seven Caribbean countries, along with nine Cayman team 
members, competed.

The weather cooperated with perfect sunshine and the winds were not as fierce as they have been. As a result, there was some incredible golf and scores to match.

Matthew Marquez from Trinidad and Tobago won the Boys 16-17 category with a second round 68 (3 under par) and a three-day 
total of 216.

Girls 16-17 was a tie between Christina Ferreira from T&T and Gabriela Santini from Puerto Rico who shared first place in that division.

Also from Trinidad and Tobago, Sachin Kumar won the Boys 14-15. Yudika Rodriguez from Puerto Rico won the Girls 14-15, Juan Cayro Delgado from Dominican Republic took the Boys 11-13 title and Valeria Pacheco won the Girls 11-13 with a third round score of 68.

Puerto Rico took the overall title, winning The Hank James Trophy for the sixth consecutive year.

Cayman, represented by a talented yet inexperienced team in International competition, was coached by Jason Deerwester of The NSGC and managed 
by Siobhan Ribbins.

The Cayman all-male team consisted of: Conor O’Dea, Andrew Jarvis, Sam Stainrod, Joe Purton, Justin Hastings, Joe Ribbins, Ben Black, JC Trickett and Adam Stainrod and all did well in their first CAJGC tournament.

The event’s sponsors included the three Platinum Sponsors, Butterfield Bank, Advantage International Management and Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy.

The golfing community in Cayman is excited by the momentum the Cayman Junior Programme received from this event.

There is a summer golf camp starting 22 July at North Sound and an after-school clinic will start in October.

The hope is that this momentum will continue and that next year will also find girls on the team representing The Cayman Islands when the tournament shifts to Puerto Rico for the 27th CAJGC.

For more information on the Cayman Junior Golf Programme, call 947-4653.

Seventy-three junior players from seven Caribbean countries, along with nine Cayman team members competed.