Antigua and Barbuda had overwhelming success in regional golf after Kimesha Anthony won the female’s division and Omorry James was second in the men’s division in the just concluded Trinidad & Tobago Golf open over the weekend. More than 140 players from around the region took part in the four-day competition where Anthony showed why she is still one of the most feared female golfers in the region.
Notwithstanding some not too impressive scores after the first three days, Anthony was able to rebound on the final day to take top honors, winning by one stroke. Anthony, fresh off a win in the Antigua Open in late February was in third place after day two where she shot a none impressive 174 (87 on both days) but pulled through to win. The leader over the first two days, Ysabelle Lawrence was eventually disqualified before Anthony made her move on the second place Leiza Munn Blakeley who led Anthony by four strokes after two days.
On the third day after Lawrence was knocked out of the tournament, Anthony picked up three strokes on Munn Blakeley to trail by one stroke heading into the final day on Sunday.
Anthony had her best round of the tournament (86) two strokes better than Munn Blakeley to bring the top prize across the waters to Antigua.
On the other hand, James, who also finished second in the Antigua Open, repeated that performance despite holding a slim lead on the final day. After two days James was tied for the lead with eventual champion, James Johnson of Barbados, both with 150 strokes after two rounds. By the end of the third day, James trailed Johnson by one stroke before taking the lead on the front nine on the final day, then disaster struck. The Antiguan dropped three strokes on the par four hole 12 prior to a double bogey two holes later, which opened the door for Johnson, who held steady to finish three strokes ahead of James and Sol Joanni.
Anthony and James are expected to carry the national flag throughout the Caribbean starting with the St. Kitts Open in May. The Government of Antigua & Barbuda sponsored the trip to T&T as part as a commitment by Minister of Industry, Trade, Commerce, Sports and National Festivals, the Honourable Paul ‘Chet’ Greene who promised that golf would be a major focus of his Ministry. At the prize giving ceremony following the Antigua Open, Minister Greene stated:”we will immediately start to promote the 2016 Antigua Open and we will engage in a number of activities to encourage a healthier climate for golf in the country.” On commenting on the Antiguans participation in T&T, Greene added that “Trinidad is seen as a major target market for our sports tourism product and the duo’s stellar performances justify our vision in this regard.” The Antiguans returned home yesterday and have already started preparation for more competition.