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T&T golfers 3rd at Caribbean tourney

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Thursday, August 9, 2018
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T&T Golf Team which finishe 3rd in the 2018 Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships last weekend. From Left: Mervyn Wattley Manager, Wan Ju Lee, Ryan Peters, Yeji Lee, Liam Bryden, Ysabelle Lawrence, Sol Joanni, Serena Mackenzie, Aleema Jack, in back partly hidden Sam Avey, Gabriel Vananoste, Chris Harries Coach.

Wan Ju Lee starred for T&T as the national golfers put in their best performance in many years to finish third at the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships which took place in the Cayman Islands from July 30 - August 3.

T&T placed third in the Arthur Ziadie Trophy for the overall champion, third in the George Teale Trophy, the women's competition and third in the Hoerman Cup, the men's competition.

Wan Ju finished as the overall individual champion with his total of five under par 279 to win the inaugural Cesar Rivera Medal. Gabriel Vananoste finished seventh individually with Liam Bryden 11th.

In the Hoerman Cup, the men took the lead after the second day and increased their lead after day three to five stokes. But unfortunately were unable to hold off host country the Cayman Islands who played brilliantly on the last day shooting a three-under-par team total of 281.

The Dominican Republic (284) also played well to pip T&T by three strokes overall. Puerto Rico was well back in fourth place with Jamaica in fifth and the Bahamas in the sixth, Barbados seventh and the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) finished eighth.

Lee's sister Yeji, was the women's star shooting a total score of 299 to finish seventh with teammate Ysabelle Lawrence in eighth place on 304, Serena Mackenzie finished 13th.

In the George Teale competition for women, Puerto Rico showed their strength in depth to run away the tournament, beating the Dominican Republic by 37 strokes and third place T&T by a further two stokes. The Bahamas finished fourth, Jamaica fifth Cayman Islands sixth.

T&T Golf Association (TTGA) expressed its pride in the young squad, saying in a release that the future is bright for golf in this country and thanked its major sponsor NLCB, also TGU and TTMF and the players' families for paying their airfares.

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