Big draw for CIGA pairs tournament

Winners Kelli Dawson and William Koutney with Siobhan Ribbins presenting the prize. (photo submitted)

The annual CIGA PAIRS golf tournament, one of the highest draws on the local golfing calendar, attracted 88 players in teams of two to the North Sound Golf Club on 24 June. The tournament was presented by Eats/Legends/Yoshi.

“I think this event is particularly popular with the members because you play in a team of two which can be made up of men, ladies or mixed. It is a competitive tournament but there is a little less individual pressure –  its great fun,” said Cayman Islands Golf Association secretary Emma Woodhouse.

“The format also showcases really well how golf is a game that can be enjoyed by all ages, the range of the competitors this year was 12 years old to 70+,” she added.

For many it was a family affair, with several fathers and sons, husbands and wives teams, one set of brothers and an uncle and nephew pairing. Because it is a handicap competition, players new to the game were able to compete against internationals.

Winners on the day were Kelli Dawson and William Koutney with a net score of 61. Closely followed by Daniel Kirckonnell and Philip Wight, and Greg O’Driscoll and Andrew Linford who both scored 62.

Winners of the low gross (without handicap) were brothers Andrew and Aaron Jarvis with a score of 66.  Andrew and Aaron used the event as a tune-up ahead of the Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships in Trinidad, from 3-7 July.

The Golf Association were pleased to be able to mark 24 June as Olympic Day, by holding an Olympic Day Skills Challenge as part of the tournament. Winners of the closest to the pin competitions were Richard Laws and Emma Woodhouse.

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