Ross is President's Trophy champ

The North Sound Golf Club hosted the annual President’s Trophy on Oct. 10, with 68 golfers taking part in three divisions. 

For once on a competition day, the wind did not blow, but the players would have welcomed some breeze given the heat of the day. 

The President’s Trophy, contested over one round of 18 holes, is a handicap event with the winners being determined as those with the lowest net score. 

One of the benefits of Cayman Islands Golf Association membership is that players can gain and maintain a U.S. Golf Association handicap, which is recognized worldwide. 

The USGA Handicap System enables golfers of all skill levels to compete on an equitable basis.  

The handicaps of the competitors ranged on the men’s side from 2 to 24, and on the women’s side from 2 to 28. 

Winner of the women’s division was Samantha Widmer with a net score of 67, runner-up was Judy Miller (69), and Rocio Esau was third (71). 

CIGA president Paul Woodhouse expressed the association’s delight that the number of women taking part had tripled compared to last year. 

He was aware that there are many women currently taking lessons and expressed the hope that there would be sufficient numbers in the future to split the women’s competition into two divisions. 

In the senior men’s category (50 years and over), the winner was Dave Champoux with a net score of 69. Runner-up was Tony Crescente (73) and Saad Hafiz was third (74, on a count-back). 

The men’s division resulted in a tie at the top, with two players recording a net score of 69. This was broken in accordance with the rules of the competition by a count-back of the score on the back nine holes. Brian Ross, the 2015 Island champion, came out as the winner, leaving Paul Woodhouse in second. 

Third-place went to immediate past president of CIGA Jason Perras (71), and fourth was Aaron Jarvis (72), the Junior Island Champion. 

The next CIGA events are the monthly Stableford on Oct. 31 and the Pairs Tournament and AGM on Nov. 28. 

Paul Woodhouse
Paul Woodhouse