The Shining Sol of Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago, Port of Spain: There is a shining son (sun) of Tobago that has been glowing with brilliance in the golfing arena.

The future is truly bright for National golfer sixteen year old Sol Joanni, hailing from our beautiful twin isle of Tobago. This youngster not only has the determination, disposition and dedication that has natured his passion for golf.

In the Trinidad & Tobago Open Golf Championship last year 2014, Sol competed in the 1st Flight division and conquered the course and his competitors by coming in at 3 under par (69). He won his division and proudly held the lowest score of the tournament. This year 2015 in our 108th Trinidad & Tobago Open, he was fierce competition for Barbadian James Johnson (the winner of the Championship division) and Omarry James from Antigua, as he battled his way to 2nd place, a mere 3 shots off the lead.

This weekend 21st and 22nd March, 2015, St. Andrew’s Golf Club, Moka held its’ Coca Cola Club Championship. This time however there was no stopping this amazing talent as he birdied and parred his way to win the Championship division, a wonderful birthday present for his extremely supportive mother, who is also his caddie. He calmly walked away with three trophies, victorious in placing first Gross in the Championship division, winning the first Net category and the overall Club Champion.

When interviewed, Sol humbly commented “My Mom is the one that started my golf career at the tender age of 8 years old and if it wasn’t for her I’d probably be a National couch potato. I would not have started without her. I was pretty proud of myself when I won because it shows that hard work and dedication really pays off and if you put your mind to something that it can be accomplished. I was pretty tired so it was a big relief to be finished”.

His coach Mr. Carlton Fauston an honorary member of the British PGA for the past 50 years must be commended for his guidance in advancing Sol’s game. His drive to succeed is evident by his commitment to his practice sessions which is at least five days a week after school on the Mount Irvine course in Tobago.

Sol foresees a luminous future in golf both for Trinidad & Tobago and himself.