The Sunshine Girls, the Caribbean’s top-rated side, has been without a head coach since Minneth Reynolds resigned last December.
A shortlist of 20 players, comprising 14 juniors, who will participate at the Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships, in Puerto Rico, from July 27 to August 2, will be announced later this week.
Approximately 25 juniors participated in two trails sessions this weekend at Millennium Lakes Golf and Country Club and at St Andrews Golf Club, Moka, Maraval, where five selectors-four of which are professional golfers, evaluated the charges.
However, the trials are only partly used in criteria to select the squad. Chris Harries, director of golf at T&T Golf Association (TTGA) advised that the juniors’ performances at tournaments particularly within the past year will be reviewed, along with their performances at the trials. Two players, Wan Ju Lee and Dinesh Jackree, were excused from participating at the trials due to commitments. According to Harries, 20 players will be shortlisted following a meeting this evening, before it is expected to be made public tomorrow. The final list of 14 juniors will be named publicly before the end of next month, when the association is mandated by organisers of the Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships, to provide the squad names.
Apart from selectors, a psychologist from the Sport Company of T&T (SporTT) was also present at the trials to determine how the juniors perform under pressure. The players who were invited to take part in the trials were, Ross Cabral, Dinesh Jackree, Sol Joanni, Wan Ju Lee, Chad Phillip (boys 16-17); Sabrina Chan, Ana Ferreira , Ysabelle Lawrence (girls 16-17); Arandia James, Liam Bryden, Zach Correia, Nicholas Juteram, Marc Maingot, Ryan Peters, Varun Singh, Andrew Wingston (boys 14-15), Serena McKenzie, Karina Matabadal, Sabrina Mitchell, Sara Ramsingh (girls 14-15), Veroun Bhim, Zico Correia, Justin Llanos, Brandon Matabadal (boys 11 and 13); Zoe Correia, Sarah Ramphal, Samantha Juteram (girls 11 and 13).