The Eastern Caribbean Golf Association championships got underway at the Mullet Bay Golf Club in Sint Maarten on Saturday, 3 October, with 11 countries vying for top team and individual honors.
Saint Lucia fielded a men’s and a super senior team which got off to a shaky start on the opening day, but as play progressed, Cliff Alcide and Ben Gillmor showed true grit and great determination to carve out the team’s leading scores.
Primarily a team gross event, the competition counts the top three scores from a four-man team. After the first day, Saint Lucia’s Men’s team score of 230 put them in third place just behind Antigua-Barbuda on 229 and St Kitts-Nevis on 225.
Individual scores for Team Saint Lucia were 74 for Alcide at the top of the pile, Gillmor just three strokes back on 77, and Romanus Inglis a further two strokes off the pace on 79, whilst Eugene Edwin struggled to finish the day on 82.
The low score for the day was 69 by Antiguan Paul Michael, the only player to break par.
In a team of two, with just one score counting, the Super Seniors were four shots behind in third place, with a score of 84, again (narrowly) behind St Kitts-Nevis on 83 and Antigua-Barbuda on 80. Milton McKenzie hit 84 and Brad Paul 86.