Ames of T&T bow to playing partner Geoff Ogilvy after
Ogilvy chipped in on the second hole during third round
play in the 105th US Open Championship on Saturday. T&Ts
most famous golfer was among the chosen few competing in
the US Open last week.
for the course
August 10, the annual Caribbean
Championships will get underway in the island of St. Kitts.
Last week, at the end of four days of trials at the St.
Andrews Golf Course, the national selectors announced
the teams that will represent T&T at the tournament.
Having followed the trials with interest, I am convinced
that the team selected to represent this country in the
Hoerman Cup is the strongest one that T&T has been able
to muster for many a year. Over the last several years,
there have been Hoerman Cup teams with individuals who may
have been better than players on the current team.
In the 1980s for example, Stephen Ames and Chris Richards
were the shining stars. In the 1990s came the era of Robert
Ames and Damian Hale. However, I do not believe that in
any of those years, we were able to put together as strong
a combination as we have done this year.
This year, the team comprises the veteran Carlos Sexy
Baynes and the brilliant youngsters, Simon Merry, Ben Martin,
Shane Costelloe and Mitchum Jasper Jr.
Baynes, who over the years has been as steady as the Rock
of Gibraltar, will be the foundation around which any success
will be built. Simon Merry and Ben Martin are undoubtedly
the stars of the future and I honestly believe that they
both have the potential to take T&T and Caribbean golf
to the heights only previously attained by Stephen Ames.
Shane Costelloe and Mitchum Jasper are also extraordinarily
talented. Jasper has matured nicely and has apparently cured
his previous tendency to be erratic at the best of times.
He is also an exceptionally long hitter of the golf ball,
an asset which can make the game considerably easier once
length is combined with accuracy. And I believe he has now
developed the art of matching the two.
If any criticism can be made of the team, it would be that
it is somewhat lacking in experience. I am not privy to
the discussions the selectors had when naming the team nor
am I aware of all the criteria used in arriving at the final
five. Had the selection been up to me, however, I may have
opted for the defending T&T Open champion, Dion Gonsalves,
instead of Jasper. My choice would not have been because
I didnt think that Jasper was up to the task. He certainly
is but I feel the team would have been better balanced with
two seasoned players in Baynes and Gonsalves to guide the
brilliance of Merry, Martin and Costelloe as they went into
battle in the toughest competition in Caribbean golf.
I had the pleasure of managing the national team at the
Caribbean Championships in Barbados in 2001, a team of which
Gonsalves was an integral part and of which, apart from
his golfing talent, he proved himself to be a great team
player and a tremendous asset to the overall squad.
But I respect the decision of the selectors and I believe
it speaks volumes about the current quality and depth of
T&T golf when a player of the calibre of Dion Gonsalves
cannot make it into a national team.
I must admit that I was blown away by the performances of
Merry and Martin at the trials. At times, we merely look
at the scores these players shoot and take them for granted,
forgetting that Merry is a mere 18 and Ben Martin only turned
15 on Fathers Day, June 19.
But, playing in the national trials, off the championship
tees, Simon Merry shot 68, 73, 72, 68 for a four-day total
of seven (7) under par while Ben Martin posted scores of
72, 71, 71, 69. His four-day total was five (5) under par.
They beat Carlos Baynes by 17 and 15 shots respectively.
Concerning the other teams who will represent T&T at
the Caribbean Championships, Ray Roberts was an obvious
choice for the Seniors as was Pat Suraj for the Super Seniors.
Both were excused from the trials for different reasons
but no one could question the fact that they are the best
players in their categories by far and more than deserve
Barry Ferdinand will partner Roberts in the Seniors while
Ashraph Ali will be paired with Pat Suraj.
The Mid-Amateurs team will comprise Nazim Haniff and Arjoon
Samlal while the Ladies team will be Tracey Clarke, Diana
Torry and Martine De Gannes.
Theres a lot of hard work ahead for all the players
between now and the start of the championships, but Iam
convinced that in at least three of the five categories,
we have the capability to bring back the hardware.
Now lets head for the 19th Hole.
LIGHTER SIDE OF GOLF
Saturday morning, Ben and Harry were playing their usual
round of golf. They were being constantly held up by an
elderly couple playing in front of them.
After being frustrated for five or six holes, Ben approached
the couple and asked them if they could either speed up
their play or allow him and Harry to play through.
The 70 year old golfer snapped at Ben, Let me tell
you, young fellow, that I was playing this game before you
have no doubt, said Ben, but would you mind
trying to finish it before I die?
& Tobago National Golf Team for the Caribbean Amateur
Golf Championships in St. Kitts
August 7-13, 2005
appear in Alphabetical Order)
Mitchum Jasper Jr.
Super Seniors Â
Higgs & Higgs Trophy
Seniors Francis & Steel Perkins Trophy
Mid Amateur Ramon Baez Trophy
Ladies George Teale Trophy
Martine de Gannes
Victoria SeenathTOURNAMENT RESULTS
The Brechin Castle Golf Club held its Monthly Medal tournament
on Sunday, June 5.
Here are the results:
Player Gross Net
1st Ashton Mills 92 64
2nd Ritoo Manbodh 73 68
3rd Bhoola Laggan 76 69
Best Gross Reynold Deonath
Closest the Pin (2nd Hole) Glen Shah
Closest the Pin (18th Hole)- Bhoola Laggan
Meanwhile, the Pointe-a-Pierre Golf Club held its Monthly
Medal tournament for June on Saturday 11.
1st Farouk Ali 69
2nd Richard Nagaur 70
3rd Ian Mohammed 70
Best Gross Rolly Davis 79
1st Reynold Mohess 66
2nd Raeshaad Long 70
3rd Emmanuel Bhola 71
Best Gross Kelvin Bridgelalsing 86
1st Ramdai Mohamed 70
2nd Davanand Dass 71
3rd Zaid Khan 73
Best Gross - Ashton Wharwood 92