Top golfers try to make national team cut

Payten Wight tees off.

Around 70 of the island’s top golfers hit the course at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman earlier this month for the first round of the 2017 National Team Qualifiers.

Leading the way on 7 January was Michael Wight, who shot a three under par 69, four strokes better than Justin Hastings, and Wight’s son, Payten. Also near the top of the leaderboard was 2016 junior champion, Andrew Jarvis with a three over par 75. They’re trying to make the cut for the elite Hoerman Cup.

Andrew Jarvis was near the top of the leaderboard.

Joel Dodson led the field in the Mid Am tryouts with a four over par 76, followed by Scott Kapuscinski three stroke back. Tim Hepburn was third after the first round with a nine over par 81.

In the senior category, Robert Woods holds a two-stroke lead over Garth McDonald. Woods shot 77 (+5), while McDonald made 79 (+7). Paul Woodhouse, the Cayman Islands Golf Association (CIGA) president, and Joe DeFilippo were tied for third with 87 (+15). Alex Bodden was another stroke behind.

A tight race is shaping up in the super seniors, with the top three separated by a single stroke. Gordon Smith holds the edge with an eight over par 80. Mick Whitworth and Richard Jones are tied for second after shooting +9 (81).

Emily Ribbins was the top among the ladies. She shot a six over par 78 as the only competitor in the Ladies Under 30 Division. Nitti Howe shot 87, as she holds a slim lead in the Ladies 30+ Division over Isabel Mendes and Emma Woodhouse. Mendes shot 88, while Woodhouse shot 89.  Heather Hardy shot 92.

The next of the six rounds of qualifying takes place on 5 February. In order to determine the individual qualifiers for team that will represent the Cayman Islands at the Caribbean Championships, the top three of four scores will be accumulated for each golfer.

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