Teed up to swing for medals

Cayman’s Island Games golf team is raring to compete on the two fine courses in Jersey next week.

Both courses are more than 100 years old and host European professional tournaments. The golf events will be over six days, with two rounds of practice followed by four rounds of competition, making it a full schedule for team manager Bob Slatter and the eight competitors.

Led by Samantha Widmer, a previous Games medal winner, Orapin “Nitti” Howe, Isabel Mendes and Emily Ribbins will compete in the women’s individual and team events against women from 11 other islands.

The men’s team is led by Michael Wight, who at the last Games in Bermuda missed a medal by one stroke.

Together with Serge Berube, Richard Hastings and Tracy Moore, they will compete in the men’s individual and team events against players from 20 other islands, stretching from Greenland to the Falkland Islands.

Slatter said, “It will hard to beat golfing powerhouses such as the hosts Jersey and Bermuda, but with seven of our golfers also qualifying for the Cayman team to the Caribbean Championships in Jamaica a month later, I feel we have a real chance to get a medal.”