Amateurs to tee off

Local golfers will take part in the region’s most prestigious tournament.

The Cayman Islands national golf team will once again be competing at the annual Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships. Cayman will send 14 senior players to Puerto Rico in August, with a team of six juniors competing in their own event on the same course.

Currently, national team qualifying is under way, with three of the six qualifying events now completed. Locals are playing for a spot on the squad, with some great scores having been recorded, both by established players – who have been on the team many times – and some newcomers to the competition.

Round four of qualifying for the senior team will be held at the North Sound Golf Club on April 26, with the juniors playing on April 27. The Island Championships, on May 31 and June 1, constitute rounds five and six.

Aiding the efforts of both the senior and junior teams is gold sponsor Scotiabank.

”Participation in the game of golf promotes honesty, integrity and ultimately has many other benefits for our young people, including improved sportsmanship and self-confidence,” said Sloane Muldoon, Country Head, Scotiabank & Trust (Cayman) Ltd. “We are therefore very proud to once again sponsor the Cayman Islands Golf Association and the national golf team. We wish them success in the upcoming championships.”

Golf association president Jason Perras said sponsors like Scotiabank are key for the sport’s survival.

“Cayman’s golfers have done well in these championships in the past, and we feel it is very important that we field a team at this prestigious regional event,” Perras said. “We rely entirely on sponsorships, donation and fundraising to finance the team’s entry and travel and really appreciate Scotiabank’s generosity in stepping in to support us again this year.”