Caribbean Golf Association
Valeria Pacheco - Puerto Rico
The British Junior Open just finished. The Championship included 143 participants from around the world including 9 from the Caribbean including the Cayman Islands 1, Bahamas 1, Barbados 2, Dom Rep 1, PR 2 and T&T 2. This event has various formats with a max handicap index of 15. The cost is just to fly to the closest city and then the R&A covers the rest for the Juniors. Each country can have up to two juniors from 12 - 16. With the support the R&A gives to the CGA they really would like every country to support the Junior Open which occurs every other year.
This year four of our juniors made the cut.....Serena Mackenzie (T&T) 55th, Juan Delgado (DR) 33rd, Melvin Morales (PR) 24th and Valeria Pacheco (PR)Â in second place loosing only to Pedro Silva from Portugal who shot -6 the last day. Valeria finished first in the Americas and as the top junior girl in the world. The PRGA is very proud of her performance as well as Melvin's. Congratulations to all who participated and especially to the 4 juniors who made the cut and flew the flags of the region! Two great weeks of golf back to back championships! They deserve a rest before they tee it up at the CAGC in two weeks.
I am sure you join we in thanking the R&A for their continual support of the CGA and for conducting a first class Championship! Let's all try to make sure we have full representation at the next Junior Open in 2 years.
President announces the "Ambrose Gouthro Trophy" and the "Maria Nunes Trophy"
Ambrose, it gives me great pleasure to inform you that last night the Caribbean Golf Associaion ratified honoring your years of service and contribution to the CGA with the naming of the new Overall Trophy of the realigned Caribbean Championships the "Ambrose Gouthro Trophy".
The Trophy will recognize the Overall Team Champions of the various categories including Men's Mid, Senior, Super Senior & Ladies 30+ and the Ladies 50+. The best combine scores of the various categories will win the "Ambrose Gouthro Trophy".
On behalf of the entire CGA Council and Membership we thank you for your years of contribution to the CGA. Congratulations and best regards - Sidney Wolf
Maria Nunes Trophy
The Caribbean Golf Association last night ratified honoring you for your years of service and contribution to the CGA with the naming of the trophy of the new Ladies 30+ competition, the "Maria Nunes Trophy".
The CGA thanks you and congratulates you for all you have done for golf in the region and hopes that you will be able to present your trophy to the winning Ladies 30+ team next year. - Sidney Wolf
President sees Championships as a Success
I want to thank you all for your support and patience regarding the recent changes made to the Championship's format. I am sure we all have some constructive comments with regards to Championships which will be welcomed but honestly we made our first big step with positive results and what in general can be deemed a successful first Championship played under the new format.
Without a doubt the happiest were the ladies to be finally included which was something we have been mulling around for several years. I think we got it right from day one. I expect that the competition will continue to improve going forward!
The Championships were run very well with no changes to the format from previous years except that fact that the both the Hoerman Cup and George Teale Trophy were replaced by the newly 30+ and 50+ ladies competitions.
As Nevin Phillips mentioned and I totally agree, we should generally be pleased with this past weeks Championships. No doubt moving forward, we need more clarity regarding both competitions and packages to avoid confusion. This will help resolve some of the issues that we experienced this year.
Without a doubt the participants competing in both the Classic and Championships fitted well as a group socially. This was part of the plan when combining both competitions during the same week. Let's try and not be so hard on ourselves and look at ways we can improve on what was a good start of the 2016 Caribbean Classic Championships.
I want to thank Peter, David and the Jamaican Golf Association for hosting us once again in Montego Bay as well as Cesar and Francisco from the CGA and all those who helped out to assure the success of both events.
Sidney Wolf - President
Caribbean Golf Association
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