The 30th annual CGA junior championships are being played at the St. Andrews Club, at Moka, in Port-of-Spain.
The Barbados team features two newcomers, in Dario Sargeant a 14 year-old student of the Grantley Adams Memorial School, and Ciara Cornic, a 14 year-old who attends Providence Secondary. Both are gaining Barbados caps for the first time while the remainder of the squad have all previously represented the island in various regional tournaments.
Other members of the team named by the Barbados Golf Association are: Iz Hustler (Boys 16-18 division); Alyssa Inniss-Gittens (Girls 16-18); Xzavier Wiggins (14-15); Oaziah Layne (14-15); Emily Odwin (Girls 11-13); Eryn Blakeley (11-13); Dominic Jordan (boys 11-13); Quinton Heljenek (11-13); Team Captain Christian Mason (Boys 16-18 division) and Richard Proverbs (manager).
BGA President Trevor Tasker said the team was a good mixture of experience and emerging talent and were relatively well prepared, based on their showings in various local tournaments and involvement in the BGA’s year-round training programme.
New captain Christian Mason, who is playing his third Caribbean championship, said they were looking forward to the event on a challenging course.
The team is hoping that the improving Emily Odwin, who shared the girls’ under-13 title with Brooke Rivers of Turks & Caicos last year, will be able to defend her gold medal and also that the other players find their form in the quest to grab the overall team title.
The Caribbean Junior Championships are being staged by the Caribbean Golf Association (CGA) and players from Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, the Cayman Islands , Barbados , Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, the Bahamas, the USVI and Turks & Caicos are contesting the championships over 54 holes.