The Bahamas in sixth after day one of CAGC
The Bahamas Golf Federation (BGF) is proud to announce the team members representing The Bahamas at the 63rd Annual Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships (CAGC), which is currently underway and wraps up on Saturday at Casa de Campo’s The Links Course in La Romana, Dominican Republic.
Under the leadership of national team coach Anthony Hinsey, BGF vice president, Team
Bahamas is looking to regain the Arthur Zaide Trophy which it hasn’t won in several years.
Led by veteran team captain and a past winner of the national amateur championships, Peter McIntosh, the 2019 squad is well-balanced with a mix of veterans and youth.
Paul Tsavoussis, BGF board member, is enjoying his third stint on the national team. He finished first overall and was the male winner at the 2019 BGF National Amateur Championships in May.
Richard Gibson Jr., also a veteran national golf team member and former winner of the BGF National Amateur Golf Championships, is expected to perform well. Other notables on the team are veteran Oren Butler and first-timers Nadario Ferguson and Sebastian Iberri.
The ladies are led by junior veteran player Haylie Turnquest, who is the 2018/9 BGF National Amateur Junior Champion. She is joined by second-time CAGC team player and 2018 BGF National Amateur Female Golf Champion Ashley Michel.
First-timers Sophie Anand and 2019 BGF National Amateur Champion Jenna Bayles will be making their debut appearances. Inecia Rolle, national team player and former BGF National Amateur Female Champion, will be the assistant coach for Team Bahamas.
In the overall team competition after the first day of competing, The Bahamas sits in sixth place with 6.50 points. The host nation Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico are tied for the lead with 12 points.
In the Hoerman Cup Division, The Bahamas’ quartet of Tsavoussis, Ferguson, Iberri and Gibson are tied for fourth with 3.50 points. The Cayman Islands and the Dominican Republic lead the way with 7 points each.
In the George Teale Division, The Bahamas’ team of Anand and Michel sit in fifth with 3 points. Puerto Rico and Trinidad & Tobago lead the way with 7 points apiece.
Individually, Tsavoussis is tied for ninth among the Hoerman Cuppers with a two-over 73. Ferguson and Iberri both shot four-over 75 and they are in a six-way tie for 11th. Gibson shot a nine-over 80 and is in a tie for 31st.
Among the women, Anand, Michel and Turnquest are all in a four-way tie for 12th with an eight-over 79.
Lynford Miller, BGF president, said: “Although I wasn’t able to make the team this year I’m excited and confident with this 2019 team. The maturity and experience, along with our upcoming youth, will be an asset and hopefully that will translate into an overall win for Team Bahamas. The competition will be keen especially from the local team. The defending champs in the Cayman Islands are always tough and so will be our friends from the south, from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Tobago. Our hope is that our teams find the winning combination of scores.”
With Hinsey and Rolle as team coaches, the team is said to be in great hands.