2016 Season Review
President sees all CGA's 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.
Caribbean Golf Association
Back-to-Back Championship Title for Puerto Rico Junior Team
2016 PUERTO RICO JR NATIONAL TEAM
emerged victourious as back to back winners of the CAJGC Championships hosted by the Barbados Golf Association and the Barbados Golf Club.
Thanks to all other teams and followers from other participating member countries making possible another sucessful event in the history of the Junior Golf in the region and the historic records of the Caribbean Golf Association.
A big welcome to the Turks & Caicos Junior Team for the first time!
R&A's Jr. Open 2016 ends on a high note for PUR and great news for CGA's Junior Golf
Valeria Pacheco from Puerto Rico wins North America's division Trophy.
The 2016 edition of this World Junior Championship included 143 participants from around the world including 9 juvenile from from the Caribbean. Countries represented included 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 (4) of our juniors in the Caribbean made the cut includinf Serena Mackenzie (T&T) 55th, Juan Delgado (DR) 33rd, Melvin Morales (PR) 24th and Valeria Pacheco (PR) in 2nd 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 fellow teammate Melvin' Morales. The CGA congratulates each and all who participated and specially those four (4) who made the cut and flew the various 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.
The CGA Council and all Member Countries of the CGA formally thanks the R&A for their continual support of junior golf in our region and for conducting a Top-Level Championship for high performance athletes in golf from around the world. Should be our commitment to have a full representation of the region during the next Junior Open Championship in 2018. The Challenge & a New Goal are now set!
Announcement of New Trophies into the roster of Caribbean Golf Association Awards
The "Ambrose Gouthro Trophy"
The Trophy recognizes 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".
Currently a member of the Bahamas Golf Federation General Executive Committee, Mr. Ambrose Gouthro continues to serve in favor of a sport he loves and treasures close to his heart and family.
CGA Council, Membership & entire Golfing Community Thanks Mr. Gouthro the number of years served and for his contribution to the CGA.
The "Maria Nunes Trophy"
The Caribbean Golf Association also ratified the recommendation made to honor this very special lady for her years of service and contribution to the CGA by naming the trophy of the new Ladies 30+ competition, the "Maria Nunes Trophy".
A die-hard fan of junior golfers, golf managment and championship administration at the TTGA, Maria along other members of the association have instrumental in the development of structure and programming which benefits the future of golf.
CGA's Council & Staff Thanks and Congratulates Maria for all she has done on behalf of golf in the region and looks forward that she can able to present the trophy on her name to the winning Ladies 30+ teams for many year to come.