By Ricky Campbell

My experience in golf started just over 50 years ago, and 1977 was the first time for me playing golf in Trinidad. That’s when I realised how much one can learn in the sport. Our national team was made up of caddies, and the players from Trinidad were a mixture of caddies, businessmen and women. I must add there weren’t any women on our side.

The standard of golf in Trinidad was so high that in order to compete, we had to practise a lot with limited golf clubs and time. The result was having two players, Carlos Baynes and Carlos Beckles, on the national team, the former being the # 1 player for a couple years in Trinidad and Tobago. During that time, our national team was one of the best-playing against nine other Caribbean islands in the Hoeman Cup – now the Caribbean Championship.

Over the last couple of years, we had a lot of talented players, but not enough to make a team of six. In a couple of years, we are expecting to get back to those glory times now that Anthony Benny, Chris Richards and myself all have a very productive youth programme.

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