Simon Merry retains Republic Bank T & T Junior Golf Open Title
The closing ceremony for the 4th consecutive Republic Bank Trinidad and Tobago Junior Golf Open was held recently at the St. Andrew’s Golf Club, 24th March 2005. In attendance were Ken Butcher of the Ministry of Sport, Nigel Aqui of the Trinidad and Tobago Golf Association, Robert Costello Coordinator Trinidad and Tobago Junior Golf Committee and Anna Maria Garcia Brooks Republic Bank’s Manager Group Corporate Communications.
The three day tournament, which showcased young golfing talent from Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Florida, Antigua and Grenada, saw last year’s defending champion Simon Merry successfully retain his Trinidad and Tobago Junior Open Boys 18 and Under title. In hot pursuit of Merry was fellow Trinidad and Tobago national junior player Robert Llanos, other challengers were last year’s Caribbean 15 and Under champion Omari James of Antigua and Ben Martin.
The Girls 18 and Under title was copped by Tracey Clarke while Antiguan Jason Barton emerged victorious in the Boys 15 and Under category. Barton was also awarded the Best Overseas Player of the tournament, as well as the Closest to the Pin on the 15th Hole. Martine de Gannes walked away with the Girls 15 and Under title while Catherine Clarke secured the second place position. Other winners were Natalya Rahamathula and Timothy Martin in the 12 and Under Girls and Boys respectively. The Most Improved Golfer of the tournament award went to Adrian Lucky while the Best Show in Sportsmanship prize went to Richard McPhail of the Boys 12 and Under division.
In the tournament’s closing address Anna Maria Garcia Brooks Republic Bank’s Manager urged the young golfers to regard their achievements “not only as the culmination of hard work and effort displayed during the tournament - but as the beginning of a possible future in sport and the beginning of your function as a positive role model to other young people.” Both Ken Butcher of the Ministry of Sport and Robert Costello, Coordinator of the T & T Junior Golf Committee, sincerely thanked Republic Bank for recognising the need to maintain and nurture the sport of golf at the junior level
The Bank’s corporate support of Junior Golf forms part of its commitment to national development through the medium of sport – in this case, golf, and is part of the Bank’s community development programme, the Power to Make a Difference. This year Republic Bank increased its sponsorship of the Junior Golf Open to the tune of $47,000.