Bahamas plays catch-up on the greens
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Aug 09, 2013
The Bahamas will need a stroke of good luck heading into the final day of competition at the 57th Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships (CAGC).
After three-days of play, The Bahamas sits in ninth for the Arthur Ziadie Trophy, the overall prize of the tournament. The CAGC is being played at the Mahogany Run Golf Course, in St. Thomas. The Bahamas is among 10 countries playing competing for the Arthur Ziadie Trophy and the other five divisional titles.
The best placing, thus far, for The Bahamas is second and that is in the Higgs and Higgs division, which Vernon Wells and Oswald Moore. The duo has a total of 146. They are six strokes behind Puerto Rico, the divisional leaders. Trinidad and Tobago is in third while the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and Barbados are tied for fourth.
The Bahamas sits in eighth in the George Teale division with 355 points. After two rounds, Taneka Sandiford has a total of 179, Inecia Rolle and Asiyah Robinson have totals of 182 and 183, respectively. Trinidad and Tobago is out front with a two-day total of 312, the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) and Cayman Islands are second and third respectively.
The two-man team representing the USVI leads the Francis and Steele-Perkins Cup with 135 points. The OECS is second and Puerto Rico third. Paul Bowe and George Swann are the flag barriers for the country in this division, they sit in seventh with 150.
Five Bahamians teed-off on Tuesday, in the hunt for the Hoerman Cup. Benjamin Davis, Thomas Bethel, DeVaughn Robinson, Lucas Echeverri and Asif Robinson. The team has accumulated 623 points over two rounds of play. Davis has the best score of the five, a total of 145. Bethel’s 151 puts him second, followed by DeVaughn Robinson, Echeverri and Asif Robinson. The divisional leader is Puerto Rico with 588, the Dominican Republic has 595 and the OECS 600.
The Bahamas will look to move up the leader board, sitting in sixth position after two full rounds of golf, in the Ramon Baez division. Peter McIntosh and Devione McIntosh have a combined total of 147.
“They are doing quite well, the best they can,” said James Gomez, president of the Bahamas Golf Federation (BGF). “Giving that we don’t have as many golf courses to play on and only at liberty to play once we get approval, I think that our team is doing good. I anticipate that this afternoon their play will be a whole lot better. For the most part, this is the first time in a very long time that we have a female’s team out there. It shows growth as a number of our junior players are now competing at this level. The transition process is hard but they are catching on. The whole idea to rebuild and add juniors, give them the exposure they need. It’s not a good thing to be sitting in ninth, but we have two more days of golf to go, so I am optimistic.”
Bowe and Swann were expected to hit the greens in the Francis and Steele-Perkins Cup at 1 p.m. yesterday. Results from their round was not available up to press time.
A number of junior golfers were named to this year’s Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships (CAGC) national senior squad. According to the president of the Bahamas Golf Federation the decision to add the junior golfers was made a while back, as The Bahamas tries to fight their way back to the top of the region. Currently, Team Bahamas sits in ninth after three-days of play.