Santi tees up two more legends

The annual Cayman Islands Golf Invitational returns for the fourth time at the North Sound Golf Club, and two legendary English and Italian footballers will be here to coach the kids. 

The Cayman Islands Golf Invitational Pro-Am runs Dec. 13-14. The event will be free for the public to watch. 

The former soccer players are Ray Clemence and Daniele Massaro, and golf pros appearing at the invitational include Peter Hanson, Brian Davis, Rich Beem, Greg Owen, Richard Johnson and Thomas Levet.  

Massaro is a World Cup winner and Clemence is one of English and European football’s most decorated goalkeepers and was part of the great Liverpool team of the ‘70s and ‘80s.  

Former Professional Golf Association European Tour star Marcello Santi has organized the event. 

“It has long been a dream of mine to make the Cayman Islands a golfing destination, and through events like this year’s Cayman Islands Golf Invitational, I am happy to say my dream is becoming a reality,” Santi said.  

He called on his golfing community friends to participate and is pleased that they have responded so eagerly.  

There will be 10 golf pros besides the two football greats. Santi wants to give local residents an opportunity to play with professional golfers to learn some new techniques and skills, along with better course management, like getting them to think differently about the hole, and value the risks differently so that they may get the ball in a better position for the next shot. 

Santi wants to give something back to the community, which is why he is organizing the soccer camps in conjunction with the Academy Football Club.  

There is also a golf clinic for the kids at the North Sound Club to give the children an opportunity to learn from a professional coach, Sean Hogan, who works for the David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Florida.  

Santi’s dream is to establish this as an annual event and possibly some day bring a Professional Golf Association event to Cayman.  

He is also interested in raising awareness of Cayman as a golf destination and exposing all his golf friends to Cayman’s legendary hospitality.  

The tournament is being pushed heavily as part of Cayman’s tourism product by local government.  

Among the supporters are Camana Bay, Deloitte, Maples and Colder, Red Sail Sports, Queensgate, Ogier, Crighton Properties, NCB, Cayman Airways, Kirk Freeport, Casanova and the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism.  

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Marcello Santi is raising Cayman’s golfing profile. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD