Juniors need support of pairs to birdie the greens

Local golf hopes to boost its junior program through an upcoming tournament. 

The Cayman Islands Golf Association will be running its annual Pairs Competition on Saturday, Nov. 30, at North Sound Golf Club. Teams of two (men, ladies or mixed) compete over 18 holes and the team score for each hole is the better score of the two, after handicaps have been taken into account. 

In addition to prizes available on the day, the entry fee ($100 per team) includes a raffle ticket that gives a chance to win trips for two to the British Open, U.S. Open, PGA and Players’ Championship. 

The association is involved with all aspects of the game of golf in Cayman and uses the funds raised, through charging memberships and competition fees, for projects such as the very successful junior golf coaching programs. Youngsters in the sport need guidance to compete with their regional peers in events like the Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships.  

Cayman hosted the 26th edition of the championships in July. The local team featured mostly newcomers and did well, considering their inexperience. They were coached by North Sound’s Jason Deerwester and managed by Siobhan Ribbins. 

Registration for the Pairs Competition closes on Tuesday, Nov. 26. The association’s annual general meeting, which will include the election of a new committee, will take place immediately after the tournament. 

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Golf wants to grow its junior ranks. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES