The annual Sagicor-St Andrew’s Invitational Golf Tournament will tee off this weekend at St Andrew’s Golf Course, Moka. The event, now in its 17th year under the Sagicor brand, will see 110 participants take to the greens.
Participants will be grouped in flights based on their handicap and age, and will compete against golfers of equal skill level. The tournament will see nine flights play 36 holes as individual stroke play: Championship; 1st Flight; 2nd Flight; 3rd Flight; Seniors 1st Flight 50+; Seniors 2nd Flight 50+; Super Seniors; Women’s Championship; and Women’s Second Flight.
All golfers are awarded points, based on their performance, towards selection for the Trinidad and Tobago national team. It is the only tournament where the main focus is on gross scores—no handicaps are involved.
Last year’s winner Jonathan Millen can expect a stiff challenge from Deryck Gonsalves and Douglas Ammon. Cricketing hero Brian Lara cannot be counted out, as he too possesses the skills needed to compete at the highest level. Also in the lineup is Sam Avey who recently represented the National Junior team here in Trinidad, and won at this year’s Republic Bank Junior Open in the boys 18 and under division.
The Seniors Division will have Patrick Boocock defending his 2016 title against Douglas Ammon, the 2015 Seniors winner. Ramsingh Boodoosingh is also very well known in the winners’ circle and will be seeking to capture the title.
In the Women’s categories, Aleema Jack and Serena Mackenzie will be challenging one another as the two top-ranked women golfers in Trinidad.
The fast improving Karina Matabadal along with Sabrina Mitchell are competent opposition and will be seeking to give a good account of themselves over the two days.
Funds raised via a raffle will be donated to the Down Syndrome Family Network (DSFN). DSFN is focused on providing “parents or caregivers of persons with Down Syndrome…the resources, support and answers they need to educate and develop the full potential of these individuals throughout their lives”.