Yeji Lee will try to make it three-in-a-row when she tees off on Saturday in the 32nd edition of the T&T Women's Amateur Golf Open at the St Andrews Course in Moka, Maraval. The first tee time will be 9.30 am when the third flight set off.
It is the premier event for women's golfers in the country creating an atmosphere of both competition and fellowship. Golfers from Curacao, Barbados and Suriname will also be in the field.
The week of golf tees off on Thursday with a Corona Beer One Day 18-hole Stableford format in which all players will compete against each other based on their handicaps.
The Open event on Saturday and Sunday will be played in three handicap flights and accommodates golfers of all skill levels and all ages. This year, Nestle and Caribbean Bottlers T&T have provided much-needed sponsorship of the event.
Lee, who is still just 16 is now a scratch golfer and this year her main rival will be Sarah Ramphal, who won the Brechin Castle (BC) Open golf title last month. This tournament will count towards rankings for selection on national teams for the Caribbean Championships and other regional and international competitions later this year.
Other young golfers have made huge improvements over the past year including Chloe Ajodha, Azariah Joseph and Jada Charles. Ajodha is now campaigning in the first flight and Joseph and Charles in the second flight. The trio has graduated from the third flight and played well in the BC Open as well.
The golf course conditions are beginning to dry out after the prolonged wet season but the weather outlook is mixed for the weekend, not dissimilar to last year's conditions.