Local golfers are in full swing as they prepare for major tournaments this summer.
There will be two senior teams and one junior team chosen this year to represent Cayman. The first team is for the Island Games in Jersey in July, comprising up to four men and four women.
The qualifying for this is set for players with the lowest total scores from the one round at Blue Tip and two out of three rounds at North Sound Golf Course. The final round for this is on March 7 after which the teams will be decided.
Leading the qualifiers for the Island Games teams are Tracy Moore, Michael Wight, Joel Dodson, Brian Ross and Andrew Jarvis and of the ladies, Isabel Mendes, Nitti Howe and Siobhan Ribbins.
There will be a bigger team selected for the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championship in Jamaica at the end of July.
The team will consist of two men in the mid-amateur division (35 and over), two in the seniors (50 and over) and two super seniors (60 and over) divisions, and three ladies.
The junior team will go to St. Croix for their championships in the first week of July.
This is the first year that Blue Tip has been part of the qualifying process. It has been a great addition as it is not a course that the players know well and so adds to the challenge and it is therefore good for golf in Cayman to have another course involved in Cayman Islands Golf Association events.
Blue Tip is also now offering special playing rates to CIGA members and North Sound Golf Association Club offers special rates to CIGA members for competitions.
Emma Woodhouse, secretary of the golf association, said she is delighted to have newcomer Mike Dill taking part and to see him playing to a high standard. Dill had the best round of the Super Seniors in the qualifiers on Saturday.
“If he continues in this form, he should be a lock for the super senior team,” she said.
“In the men’s divisions, there are no great surprises. It’s good that Payten Wight has been able to travel back from school in the States to take part.”
Woodhouse added that she is pleased to see 16-year-old Andrew Jarvis playing well and to have Joe Purton, 14, also taking part in the senior qualifying.
For the ladies, it is going according to form, she said. Emily Ribbins has been able to play in only one event because she is away at college. She still remain eligible for a pick and will be supplying the committee with her scores and reports.
CIGA also organizes a number of other fun and less high-pressure events aimed to help the everyday golfer – not the elite ones who are likely to make the national teams.
Recently, it held a qualifying event to select a team of mid-high handicap men and ladies to go to the Caribbean Classic tournament at Doral in Miami in May.
Next up this Saturday is a monthly Stableford competition. The scoring system is such that a player’s handicap is taken into account and points awarded for the net score relative to par.
For more information, contact Emma Woodhouse email [email protected]