National members getting ready for championships
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Jun 22, 2013
National team members now have two courses to go to when they want to practice their stroke.
The Lyford Cay Golf Club and the One&Only Ocean Golf Club have both opened up their facilities to the Bahamas Golf Federation (BGF) and their members. The timely partnership with both clubs has left BGF president James Gomez excited and confident about the next two tours, which the junior and senior golf players will compete in.
“Historically, the Lyford Cay Golf Club and the Ocean Club Golf Club both extend their facilities to our national team members, free of charge,” said Gomez. “There are no issues when it comes to where they will be practicing. They are moving between both courses and their regiment with their coaches is going quite well. They are all participating.
“Some of the junior team members are in Grand Bahama and one coming from Abaco. They are all being trained where they live, so we don’t have to worry too much about them not getting practices in. We are expecting better results this year even though the team is basically short one member. For the most part, it is a full team.”
The 12-member team that will represent the country at the upcoming Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships are Xavier Robinson, Cameron Riley and Tynesha Tynes in the 11-13 boys’ and girls’ divisions; Inecia Rolle, L’Leah Lain, Lucas Echeverri, Asif Robinson and Craig Gomez in the 14-15 boys’ and girls’ divisions and Brian Coakley, Harrison Collins, Asiyah Robinson and Marlique Heild in the 16-17 boys’ and girls’ divisions. The championships will be held July 1-6, at the North Sound Golf Club in the Cayman Islands. The Bahamian golfers will join their Caribbean counterparts from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Barbados, the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) on the 18-hole championships course.
The senior national team will travel to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands to play in the tournament that will swing into action August 5-11. The Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships will be played at the Mahongany Run.
Gomez said: “The selection process is currently going on for the senior team. This year’s process will be slightly different from how it was done in the past. I think the absence of a golf course to play on and to have trials have complicated things a bit. It has somehow forced us to change our selection process this year. Hopefully, next year we will be able to go back to our historical format. It is going to be different, but the team will be named next week.”
The Bahamas has struggled at the senior and junior levels in the past, but Gomez believes this year’s results will be much better.