The second round of Cayman golf’s national team qualifiers was held at Blue Tip at the Ritz-Carlton over the weekend and there were some impressive rounds scored.
This is the first year that the Ritz-Carlton course has been included and Saturday’s competition was a compulsory element for team qualification to represent Cayman at the Island Games in Jersey in this summer.
Paul Woodhouse, Cayman Islands Golf Association president, thanked David Loomis and his team at Blue Tip for presenting the golf course in such great condition and for working with the association’s team to ensure the event’s smooth running.
The best round was a 78 by Brian Ross, closely followed by Michael Wight with 79.
In the super senior division, Mike Dill came in with 84 whilst the top female golfer for the second qualifying event running was Isabel Mendes with 81.
Round 2 of qualification for the junior national team was held on Sunday at the North Sound Golf Club.
Sixteen youngsters aged between 10 and 16 took part. Junior golf coordinators Siobhan Ribbins and James Walton were pleased with how the tournament went.
“This event continues to grow and it is great not only to see so many young people out playing and enjoying the game but also how quickly they are improving their scores,” said Walton.
“Joe Ribbins (14-15 years) knocked 10 shots of his first round score and Holly McLean who turned 10 just the day before the tournament, impressed the organizers with her ability and came in with a score which was 20 shots better than the first round.”
Walton thanked the staff at the club for their help and parents for their support.
Two of Cayman’s younger players – in the 11-13 age bracket – Aaron Jarvis and Justin Hastings put in great scores, 76 and 77 respectively and Andrew Jarvis, 16, and Joe Purton, 14, played in the seniors on Saturday as well.
Golf was also one of the sports to feature in the Celebrate Our Youth Day at the John Cumber Primary School on Saturday.
Mr. Woodhouse said, “CIGA’s mission is to promote golf throughout the Cayman Islands and we were pleased to support this event in previous years.”
He added that the golf association is run solely by volunteers and because of their other commitments they were struggling to attend but they were delighted when Brad De Schiffert, assistant professional at the North Sound Golf Club, stepped in.
“I really enjoy being involved in teaching golf to the juniors,” said De Schiffert. “I do a lot of junior coaching at the club and this was a great opportunity to get out into the community and give more young people the chance to give golf a try.” He added that he hopes it sparked some interest and some more kids will join for lessons.
North Sound Golf Club, in conjunction with CIGA, runs junior clinics regularly. The next CIGA junior clinic is in May, and the golf club hosts monthly clinics for juniors of all ages and skill levels.
For full results of the qualifying and to see what other scheduled events go to www.ciga.ky.