Golfers complete two rounds of national team qualifiers

Golfers are competing for spots on the national team for the Caribbean Championships.

Payten Wight leapfrogged his father, Michael, at the top of the leaderboard after the second round of the RSM 2017 National Golf Team Qualifiers on 4 February. Meantime, Robert Woods maintained his lead in the Senior division.

In the competition for the Hoerman Cup team, Payten Wight led the way with a three over par 75, two strokes off his first round performance on 5 January. Brian Ross, playing his first round of the competition, stroked 76 (four over par) for the next best round of the day. Andrew Jarvis shot a five over par 77 for the third best round. Meantime, Michael Wight, who held a four-stroke lead after the first round with a three under par outing in January, faltered with an 11 over par round this time to shoot 83.

Payten Wight leads the standings after two rounds followed by the elder Wight. Andrew Jarvis, Justin Hastings and Aaron Jarvis round out the top five.

Payten Wight tees off

In the Mid Am category, Scott Kapuscinski took the lead in the standings after being one of three golfers with an 11 over par 83 at Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Ian Lomas sits one spot behind him in the race, after shooting an identical score a month earlier compared to Kapuscinski’s seven over par in the first round. Paul Wammer was even with them on 4 February but is way back in the cumulative standings because he didn’t play the opening round. Phillip Wight is third after shooting a 13 over par 85 on Saturday.

Robert Woods continued to be the standout among the Seniors. He extended his lead in the division with a nine over par 81 to follow his five over par 77 in January. Paul Woodhouse was one stroke back on the day and is second in the overall standings. Garth McDonald fell a spot after his opening round seven over par 79. He shot 91 for 19 over par this time on the course. Joe DeFilipo is fourth after a 14 over par round.

Gordon Smith slumped to third among the Super Seniors after falling off from his January round of eight over par 80, with a 23 over par 95 on 4 February. That opened the way for Mick Whitworth to take the lead. He followed up his opening round nine over par 81 with an 86 and now holds an eight-stroke lead over Smith in the overall standings. Richard Jones moved into second, one stroke behind Whitworth after a 15 over par 86.

Isabel Mendes (right) leads Nitti Howe in the Women’s standings.

Isabel Mendes takes over the lead in the Women’s division after a nine over par 81, four better than Nitti Howe on the day. Third place overall is Emma Woodhouse. Opening round leader Emily Ribbins did not play the second round.

There are four rounds of qualifying left to select the team to represent the Cayman Islands at the Caribbean Championships.

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