Some of the region’s best golfers will be teeing off this week in St Kitts at the RBC Royal Bank 56th Caribbean Amateur Golf Championship. Competition is expected to commence on Wednesday.
This year’s event, hosted by the OECS, promises to be an exciting affair with strong entrants in every category. Some familiar names such as Puerto Rico’s Erick Morales, Trinidad and Tobago’s Carlos Baynes and the Dominican Republic’s Juan Campusano, all veterans of the tournament.
Much of the attention will be centered on the battle for the Hoerman Cup. Puerto Rico, led by former individual champ Morales, will look to secure their second straight title, but will likely face stiff competition from perennial contenders Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago, while Barbados, which came up just short last year, and the host OECS team also cannot be counted out.
Meanwhile, Trinidad & Tobago will look to do some repeating of their own after winning the women’s, senior and mid-amateur categories at the 2011 championships, as well as the Arthur Ziadie trophy for best overall performance.
Monifa Sealy is back to lead the T&T female squad against all-comers, including a young but talented Puerto Rican squad led by 2012 CAJGC champs Yudika Rodríguez and María Torres, who will try to recapture the George Teale trophy that belonged to Puerto Rico from 2007-2010.
With rivalries aplenty and national pride always on the line, this 56th edition of the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championship should be one of the best ever contested. Royal St. Kitts, one of the finest golf clubs in the Caribbean, will be hosting the tournament. (PR)