Norford, who is the defending champion, has also won the title, on other occasions, including in 2004 and 2006.
However, he is expected to feel some pressure from the likes of former tournament winner, and one time unbeatable Caribbean champion, Jimmy Levine, also from St. Kitts. Much competition, according to observers, should equally be expected from Anan Harridyal, also of St. Kitts. Levine has won the tournament in many years, including 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2005.
In addition organizers have also cautioned that the current golf champion of Barbados would no doubt be setting his sights on the title, to add to his already impressive performances back home.
In the female category, where there will be some 25 competitors, the nod is being given to the domineering figure of Barbados’ Kenesha Anthony.
Anthony is not only the defending female title holder for the St. Kitts Open, but she has also recently won tournaments throughout the Caribbean, including St. Lucia and Barbados.
Vice President of the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club, Mr. Lee Bailey, during a press conference on Wednesday 8th June, 2011, at the Frigate Bay Golf House, said the St. Kitts Open has, over the years, helped to develop a strong pool of female golfers in St. Kitts.
Amongst these has been the youthful Vashal Byron of St. Kitts, who became one of the leading female youth players in the region. Byron is currently completing university studies in the United States, on a scholarship obtained from her outstanding performances in golf.
The St. Kitts Open is the biggest golf tournament held in St. Kitts annually and will take place on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June, 2011, at the 120 acres Frigate Bay Golf Course.