PROUD WINNER: Trinidad and Tobago golfer Ysabelle Lawrence poses with the George Teale trophy for the top ladies team, which she and teammates Monifa Sealy and Christina Ferreira won at the recent Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships in Cayman Islands.
—Photo: KERN DE FREITAS
Lawrence enjoys the good times on CAGC debut
Kern De Freitas
Ysabelle Lawrence cut a proud figure on Monday at St Andrew’s Golf Club in Moka, Maraval, with a broad smile on her face as she hugged the George Teale Trophy, the reward for her hard work last week as part of Trinidad and Tobago’s winning Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships (CAGC) ladies team.
Lawrence, just shy of 16, was one member of the T&T trio that retained the ladies crown, although team T&T missed out on the overall Arthur Ziadie Trophy with a third-place finish in a tournament that belonged to Puerto Rico. Dominican Republic were second.
It was the teen’s first appearance in the senior team competition, where T&T has fielded very young teams in recent years.
Despite her inexperience, Lawrence’s gross of 346 over four rounds was better than most of the competitors on the course, as the T&T women cruised to a 16-stroke victory.
Monifa Sealy, the most experienced T&T player, showed her class by grossing 296, the only score under 300. Christina Ferriera, the third T&T player, shot a valuable 333.
Lawrence was happy with her first CAGC experience.
“It was difficult to play the course, I never played it before,” she said. “It’s my first year on the team and I had a lot of fun, the experience was good. Handling the pressure was hard, but I got through it as much as I could and I fought back as hard as I could to be able to get that trophy and bring it back home.”
To cope with the pressure, Lawrence revealed she read “mental books” to prepare for the tournament, which helped a lot.
“I just continued breathing every time before I hit a shot, and it worked out as well as I could have hoped.”
She was also impressed with US-based Sealy’s contributions.
“I learned that she is a true fighter and she never gives up. She’s always supportive with all the girls. She helped me when I didn’t play as well as I wanted to play, and it felt good that I had her there with me.”
The youngest member of the T&T ladies team said her best moment was when she hit “the ball as good as I could”, and was grateful for the support the entire T&T team—14 members competing in five divisions—provided her.
“I really enjoyed that,” Lawrence explained. “It helped me forgive and forget on my rounds and helped me continue.”
The experience has left her wanting to return to the senior tournament next year.
“I’m just preparing myself for the tournaments coming up in the next year,” Lawrence stated, “work hard train hard so I can be there next year again on this same senior national team and prepare for outside tournaments, and play as well as I can.”