Barbados' top players were teeing off this morning (Aug 1) among other regional contenders in the 2017 Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships now on in the Dominican Republic.
The Barbados Hoerman Cup team flew to the DR over the weekend to join golfers from eight countries who are contesting the region's premier championships.
The championships are being played over 72 holes ,at Casa de Campo from Tuesday to Friday, and will feature male and female players from Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Puerto Rico, USVI, Bahamas, Barbados and Cayman Islands.
The Barbados Hoerman Cup team is captained by national champion James Johnson and also includes veterans Julian Jordan and Simon Proverbs, Dawn Bispham and juniors Iz Hustler and Xzavier Wiggins. BGA President Trevor Tasker is Team manager.
Top female juniors Alyssa Inniss-Gittens and Emily Odwin, who placed third in the 13 and under division at the 2017 Caribbean junior championships, are representing the island in the women's division for the George Teale Trophy.
While it is the first time for Odwin, it is the second year that other junior players - Hustler, Wiggins and Inniss-Gittens -, who all represented the island in the just concluded Caribbean Junior Championships in Trinidad, have been named in a senior national team.
The Hoerman Cup and the George Teale Trophy, which feature stroke-play, now remain as the two major components of the revamped Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships. The mid-amateurs division (The Ramon Baez Trophy), the competition for senior men and a new competition for women over 50 were all played as part of the earlier Caribbean Classic Championships in May.
Barbados, who won the Ramon Baez Trophy in Montego Bay in 2016, successfully defended that trophy in the Dominican Republic , at Punta Cana, in May when James Johnson and Julian Jordan won by two strokes over players from the host country in the two-ball-better-ball competition.
"We have some confidence going back to the Dominican Republic and with two practice days at The Links Course, I think we should be ready," said Johnson.
Added the captain: "We have a good mix of youth and experience and four days of golf will require that we stay focussed and good course management".
The Dominican Republic are the defending team champions and Barbados , who last won the Hoerman Cup at home in 2010 , were fifth in Bahamas last year.