Family ties confirm strong bonds as tournament proves a big hit

North Sound Golf Club hosted the annual Cayman Islands Golf Association Pairs Tournament on Saturday, and there was a record turnout for an association event. 

Around 100 golfers of all ages and skill levels took part in the tournament, which was so popular that there was a waiting list in case of cancellations. 

The popular event allows teams of two amateur golfers, men, women or mixed to compete against one another. 

The field this year included 15 women and seven juniors. There were teams of two men, teams of two women, and mixed teams. 

There were brothers playing together, cousins playing together, fathers and sons, and a father and daughter pairing. Holly McLean, 11, a regular in the junior events, played with her father Gary in her first senior competition. 

The wind was pretty strong, which made the conditions testing, but some good scores were recorded. 

This year’s champions, with a winning score of 64, were Tom Dillon and Graeme McGuffie. Runners-up were Brad Rossin and Jeff Rees. Gordon Smith and Denis Hunter were third. 

There was a battle for the low gross prize between two sets of brothers. Taylor and Payten Wight came out on top with a score of 66, beating the junior pairing of Andrew and Aaron Jarvis by one shot. 

Paul Woodhouse, president of the golf association, acknowledged the achievement of these four young men who are aged 24, 21, 16 and 12, respectively, and expressed his confidence that the future of Cayman golf is in safe and extremely competent hands. Woodhouse also thanked the numerous sponsors for their generous support of this event and golf over the year. 

For more information on the Cayman Islands Golf Association, contact secretary Emma Woodhouse: [email protected] 

Holly McLean, 11, played with her father Gary. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD

Holly McLean, 11, played with her father Gary. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD