Cayman’s golfers sixth after opening round

Team Cayman captain Tracy Moore and Payten Wight.

The Cayman Islands men’s golf team sits sixth on the leaderboard after the first of four rounds of play at the NatWest Island Games in the Swedish island of Gotland, with three members in the top 25 in the individual competition.

The competition opened at the Slite Golf Course on the northeastern end of the island and conditions were markedly improved on the opening day, Tuesday, 26 June, compared to the windy environment that prevailed a day earlier.

Isle of Man sat atop the leaderboard with a combined score of 215, with Cayman five spots back after shooting 234. Orkney was one spot ahead with a four-stroke lead on Team Cayman. There are 18 teams competing.

Payten Wight, the youngest member of the team, shot 76 and was 15th in the individual contest after one round. Joel Dodson was one spot back after shooting 77.

Visby Golf course (courtesy Gotland 2017)

Michael Wight hit 81 strokes on the opening day and Tracy Moore 87th. They all trail Isle of Man’s Daryl Callister and Aland’s Hampers Nordin, who were tied on 69 through the first round. There are 74 golfers competing in the individual event.

Payten Wight assessed his performance. “I got off to a really good start. I was three-under on the front nine and when I got onto the back nine, I tried to protect it and when you try to protect and play conservatively, you put yourself in trouble… but I still finished with a good score and kept myself in the running,” Payten Wight said.

He welcomed the improvement in the weather, which saw calmer winds and slightly warmer temperatures. “It was definitely a lot better. The wind was a lot calmer and it was very good scoring conditions. It wasn’t too cold, which was very beneficial as well,” he added.

The tournament moves to Visby Golf Club for Wednesday’s second round. The course was designed by European Tour winners Pierre Fulke and Adam Mednick. It is ranked as Sweden’s third best course.

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