Cohen wins Caesarea Golf Club Championship

Itamar Cohen won the last competition to be held on the current Caesarea golf course. The Caesarea Golf Club Championship, held on July 4 and 5, was full of drama as for 36 holes the two leading players 17-year-old Roy Steinberg, later declared youth champion, and 32-year-old professional Cohen, maintained a one-point difference. Cohen, however, emerged the winner. Future matches will be held on the new course, designed by Pete Dye. There was a famiy atmosphere at the two-day competition, attended by 120 golfers aged 12-80. 15-year-old Laticia Beck decided to forgo an assured victory in the women's category, preferring to play as an equal among the men. Laticia eventually finished in overall fifth place. The Seniors' (50+) champion was Avi Cohen, who was champion of the club in the 1980s. His son, 14-year-old Asaf, competed in the men's competition, reaching fourth place. Asaf Cohen, who will be traveling this week with his father to examine the possibility of studying at a US golf academy, received a special trophy from the Rothschild Family as the most promising young golf player of the year. Throughout the two days of the competition, under a scorching sun, parents functioned as their children's caddies. Lillian Beck caddied for her daughter Laticia, Daniel Steinberg for his son Roy, and Moti Cohen for his son Itamar. The role of caddy is most important, particularly during tournaments. Caddies walk along with the players, carrying the 14-club golf bag. At the award ceremony Itamar was accompanied by his two-year-old son Itai, who already has his own set of miniature clubs and perfected his father's swing even before he took his first step. Mrs. Katori Itsaku, wife of the Japanese Ambassador to Israel, was one of the participants. Young Yuval Sapan won a vacation in Florida for two, including flights, a round of golf at the magnificent golf club TPC Sawgrass at Ponte Vedra, designed by Pete Dye, and a stay at the Marriott Hotel.