April 24, 2016
Caribbean Classic Golf Tournament Montego Bay
19 Golfers flew to Montego Bay to take represent Cayman in the annual Caribbean Classic Tournament which brought together over 100 golfers from across the region. This event is one is for golfers of all levels of skills where players compete in different flights based on their handicaps. It is a modified Stableford event where players earn point according to their score relative to par.
The Cayman Island Golf Association have historically been keen supporters of this event and this year were delighted that so many players travelled to take part. A qualifying event had been held in January at which 10 of the players had won partial sponsorship from the Association for their attendance. CIGA President Paul Woodhouse explained. “Whilst it is an important part of our brief to send our top level golfers to represent Cayman overseas, the Classic gives CIGA the perfect opportunity to support members with a broad range of skills levels to attend an international event.
It is a great way for CIGA to give back to the membership who support us throughout the year.” He also thanked the restaurant group Eats/Legendz/Yoshi for their very generous sponsorship of all the team shirts for 2016.
The Classic is a testing three-day tournament, requiring the golfers to play a different golf course each day. This year presented a very stern test with very varied and challenging courses. The weather also added to the difficulty with strong winds in the first two rounds and heavy rain on the final day. Whilst the emphasis on the course is on making the best possible score, away from the fairways and greens it is also a very social event bringing together players from across the region.
Five ladies from Cayman took part in the event with Diane Brazelton runner up in the 3rd flight and Rocio Esau 4th in flight four. Amongst the men Paul Woodhouse was 4th inflight 1 which was for the lowest handicap golfers. Mick Whitworth and John Marrs came in 5th and 7th respectively in flight 2.