Nov. 10, 2003 The Teens on the Green golf tournament was the sports highlight on St. Croix over the weekend as youngsters from around the globe took to the links at Carmbola Golf Resort.
"I could not have asked for anything more than what we have gotten so far," event organizer Renny Roker said. "St. Croix played the gracious host to a 'United Nations' of people who came here to play in this competition, and we have seen the emergence of a new crop of Virgin Islands golfers who are one day going to be major competitors".
Helyne Joseph, from St. Croix, was in the lead group going into the final day, Roker said. Joseph competed in the 13-and-14-years-old girls division.
Saying that it was such a pleasure to have people from all over the world come to St. Croix to participate with such a good attitude and cooperation, Roker handed out special "Legend" awards to Gov. Charles Turnbull, Commissioner of Tourism Pamela Richards and St. Croix businessman Cosmo Williams for their assistance in making the event happen.
Roker also gave special congratulations to the more than 170 volunteers from the Virgin Islands, the greater Caribbean, the mainland U.S. and Europe, saying, "There is not one person that can pull this off. Every volunteer should feel proud of this collective effort."
TOG, which is being hailed as the fastest-growing youth competition in the world, brought people from Argentina, the Philippines, Russia, Finland, Austria, St. Kitts, Antigua, England, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Columbia, Holland, Estonia, Spain and Puerto Rico to St. Croix.
The winners were:
Christian Minon of Denmark, first place in the boys 15-18 division; Omari James of Antigua, first place in the boys 13-14 division; Max Doe of the U.S., first place in the boys 10-12 division; Alina Lee of U.S., first place in the girls 15-18 division; Vicky Hurst of the U.S., first place in the girls 13-14 division; Erica Popson of the U.S., first place in the girls 10-12 division.
Minon and Lee also won Special Medalist awards in the boys and girls divisions respectively for the lowest scores in the overall competition. Lee was the only competitor who scored under par.
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