Reigning champion Christina Ferreira will return to defend her crown in top-flight competition, when the T&T Golf Association's (TTGA) Ladies Open tees off at St Andrew's Golf Club, Moka, on Saturday.
The three-flight two-day competition will conclude on Sunday. Intense rivalry is expected among the best in T&T and visitors from across the Caribbean.
Ferreira will defend her title in the first flight. Recently graduating from the junior ranks, Ferriera ran away with the Ladies Division title at the Tatil-sponsored Open tournament in January. She is also the reigning women's junior Caribbean champion.
Ferreira will face competition from up-and-coming juniors Ysabelle Lawrence, Sabrina Mitchell and Serena Mackenzie, as well as seasoned local campaigners Pauline Raynor and Judy Ann Stewart. Barbadian Lynn McLeod and Guyana's Christine Sukhram are also expected in the mix. Golfers are also expected from Barbados, St Kitts, Suriname and local clubs including Chaguaramas, Millennium, Brechin Castle, Usine Ste Madeleine, Point-a-Pierre and Tobago.
Kitty Murphy is the defending champion in the second flight. She will battle with another promising junior in Karina Matabal, who has now moved up the ranks from the third flight, which she won last year.
The tournament will be preceded, today, by an 18-hole competition where all participants will play in a Stableford format. It will give challengers a chance to familiarise themselves with the Moka, Maraval greens.
Nestle T&T has been the long-time sponsor, since the tournament's debut in 1989.
Other sponsors include Caribbean Bottlers Limited and Corona.