The Trinidad and Tobago Open is one of the oldest golf tournaments in the western hemisphere, dating back to 1907. T&T’s professional golfer Stephen Ames has won this tournament in both 1981 and 1987.
This Championship was hosted by the St. Andrews Golf Club from 1907 until 1942. World War II caused the tournament not to be played in 1943, 1944 and 1945. It resumed in 1946 and it has continued without interruption until 2020 when the onset of COVID-19 caused the 2020 tournament to be cancelled. Pointe a Pierre and Tobago have also served as hosts of this Championship.
It resumed in 2021 but without the contingent of regional and international golfers that it traditionally hosted due to travel and COVID restrictions. This year, participation is expected from professional golfers from the USA, Canada and Regionally.
This year, the Trinidad and Tobago Golf Association has planned a grand introduction to the week of golf, beginning with an opening ceremony on Saturday 19th March 2022 at the Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort. This will be followed by a Pro-Am tournament on Sunday 20th March 2022 on the scenic Plantations golf course.
The golfers then move on to Trinidad where the second Pro-Am will be held on Tuesday 22nd March at the St. Andrews Golf Course in Moka, Maraval. Expected on the draw for these two Pro-Ams will be the top T&T Professionals, Ben Martin and Chris Richards Sr.
After a well deserved rest day on Wednesday, the four day Open tees off on Thursday 24th March culminating on Sunday 27th March 2022
Past Winners Include:
- Stephen Ames(1981,1987);
- Ben Martin (2021, 2007, 2006);
- Chris Richards Snr (2019);
- Dustin Ridson (2018);
- Sachin Kumar (2016);
- Carlos “Sexy” Baynes (1992, 1993, 1996, 2000, 2001 and 2007)
2022 will commemorate the 33rd running of this event (no tournament was held in 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions).
This tournament count towards rankings for selection on national teams for the Caribbean Championships and other regional and international competitions. It also affords points in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. These points affords players the opportunity to be invited to Amateur events throughout the world.