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Cayman Golfers join the World Amateur Golf Rankings!

June 17, 2020

Following the successful 2018 CAGC where the Cayman Islands men’s team we’re crowned champions, Cayman golf has achieved another milestone where four of it’s men’s players are now officially ranked on the golf rankings.

The World Amateur Golf Ranking® (WAGR®), which comprises a women’s ranking (WWAGR®) and a men’s ranking (MWAGR®) for elite amateur players, is offered by The R&A and the United States Golf Association as a global service to golf. Through incorporation and assessment worldwide of both amateur and professional events, WAGR® encourages the international development of the competitive game.

The rankings demonstrate the on going success of the junior program with two of the ranked players are still part of the program and another recently moving on from the junior program.

Congratulations to the four players on their hard work and this historical achievement in getting ranked and representing the Cayman Islands.

A huge shoutout for those persons on CIGA committee for helping to make this possible!

Now it’s time to climb the rankings!! Make Cayman proud!

New executive for Cayman Islands Golf Association

May 13, 2020

A new executive has taken over the administration of golf in the Cayman Islands, as long-standing president Paul Woodhouse, who served for more than half a decade, was replaced by Jonathan Joyce in early May.

Other changes to the Cayman Islands Golf Association (CIGA) Executive Committee saw Dan Fortune become the Vice President and Regan Cairns replace Emma Woodhouse as Secretary. In addition to these changes, Anthony Daniels, Taylor Wight and National Champion and trick shot specialist Payten Wight joined the Committee with Nick Gaze and Robin Jarvis retiring from duty. They join existing Committee members Tom Dillon, Scott Kapuscinski and Paul Wammer.

Despite courses being closed since March due to restrictions aimed at stemming the spread of coronavirus, the CIGA has been planning for a resumption of the sport whenever restrictions are lifted locally. The association held its AGM via Zoom on Sunday, 3 May, at which time the changes to the executive took place.

Incoming President Jonathan Joyce thanked those that were retiring from the Committee for their commitment and dedication during their time involved, in particular Paul and Emma Woodhouse who have overseen many successes both locally and internationally on and off the golf course.

The CIGA season was in full swing when the government announced restrictions that saw all sports come to a halt in March as part of national efforts to limit the spread of the potentially deadly virus. It’s not yet clear when the green light will be given for golfers to pick up their clubs and take to the course.

Close finish in TRAC Cayman Islands Championship

February 10, 2020

The Cayman Islands Golf Association teed off the year with its first major tournament sponsored by TRAC Automotive, which featured a closely fought match in the men’s competition. The 28th National Amateur Championships, held at the North Sound Golf Club earlier this month, showcased Cayman’s best senior and junior golfers. The event comprised four championship divisions along with a separate handicap event for both men and women.

The men’s championship event has always been a closely contested one and this year was no exception. The first-round leader was Justin Hastings, who shot a 4-under-par 67. Aaron Jarvis and Payten Wight each shot rounds of 2-under-par 69. These three played together in the final group on Sunday, with the lead changing hands over the course of the round. Neck-and-neck with Wight late in the round, Hastings had a chance to pull even but narrowly missed the putt, leaving Wight to hole out and claim his second Cayman Islands Amateur Championships win after his 2018 victory.

Holly McLean returned from the Bahamas, where she attends the Albany Golf Academy, to defend her 2019 title. She backed up a very impressive 1-under-par round of 70 on the first day with a round of 73 on day two to retain the trophy.

Richard Hastings won in the seniors (50+) division, beating Jim Schubert, Paul Woodhouse and three-time senior champion, Scott Kapuscinski. The super senior (60+) champion from 2019, Tracy Moore, defended his title against a strong challenge from the field with the eventual runner-up Mick Whitworth. Dan Fortune took the men’s handicap division, and Rocio Esau earned the ladies title for the second year in a row.

Cayman golfers represent at the Latin America Amateur Championship

January 24, 2020

Cayman golfer Justin Hastings finished tied for 28th – third best among Caribbean competitors – at the recent 2020 Latin America Amateur Championship, with compatriot Andrew Jarvis missing the cut after the first two days.Jarvis and Hastings joined more than 100 of the leading amateur golfers from South and Central America and the Caribbean at the annual championship.

The winner of this event gains direct entry into both The Masters and The US Open tournaments and a chance to qualify for the US Amateur Championship. This was the second time both golfers competed at the event. Jarvis played in the 2016 tournament in the Dominican Republic, and Hastings took part in the 2018 tournament in Chile. At the time, Hastings was 14 years old, the event’s youngest-ever competitor.

Hastings said in an email to the Cayman Compass that he was grateful for the opportunity to represent Cayman on a grand stage.

“It’s something you can’t get anywhere else,” he said. “The fact that I can go to an event as a 16-year-old, wear the Cayman flag proudly, and play for what every golfer dreams of achieving in their careers, is unbelievable. I am extremely grateful for the chance that the R&A (Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland), USGA (United States Golf Association) and Masters gives us.”

Jarvis added in an email, “I can’t be more grateful to go to this event. I’ve represented my country at many levels and to do it again at the LAAC I’m grateful for the opportunity. The Masters, R&A and USGA put on a very good tournament. The week was not my greatest, but just to be at an event like this is something special.”

Cayman Islands Golf Association president Paul Woodhouse, who is also vice president of the Caribbean Golf Association, attended the LAAC and in an email to the Compass, said he believes the sky is the limit for Cayman’s young golfers.

“This is an incredible event,” said Woodhouse. “It is a fantastic opportunity for our young players to test themselves against the very best in this type of tournament. It is invaluable experience for them. Future invitations to these events will be predominately based on World Amateur rankings. As part of its tournament programme, the Association will be staging more World Amateur Golf Ranking accredited events to help our golfers gain entry in the future.”

Cayman’s top amateur golfers will be in action again on 1 and 2 Feb. at the 28th Cayman Islands Amateur Championship, where Jarvis will be defending the title he won last year.

Cayman golfers compete at International Junior Tournament

January 09, 2020

Justin Hastings finished fifth overall while Aaron Jarvis finished tied for 25th as the Cayman Islands golfers for the first time representated their home at The Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship, in Coral Gables, Florida.

They joined 55 other players in a four-day battle for the boys’ championship at the Biltmore Golf Course. This year’s field brought together entrants not only from the US and Cayman but also comprised a diverse international field representing Iceland, Barbados, Russia, Croatia, Hong Kong, Ecuador, Finland and Northern Ireland.

Hastings was joint leader over the first two days of the tournament, shooting a 1-under-par 70 in each of the first two rounds. He finished even-par 70 on day three to stay in contention. In the fourth round, he finished even-par 35 over the first nine but bogeyed three of his final nine holes to finish the round with a 3-over-par 74, dropping him to fifth place overall. His performance earned him an invitation to next year’s Orange Bowl.

Jarvis’ best performance came in the second round, where he shot a 1-over-par 72. A difficult third day – 8-over-par 79 – set him back but he responded with a 3-over 74 in the closing round to finished tied with three others for 25th.

“We are incredibly proud of both Justin and Aaron. This is one the toughest events on the international junior circuit and one of the first individual 72 hole competitions they have played,” said Cayman Islands Golf Association president Paul Woodhouse in a press release. “For the Cayman Islands to have two such talented golfers making their way on the international junior scene is a fabulous achievement and shows the value of the investment of time, energy and resources into junior golf development which has been and continues to be a priority for our golf association.”

In an email to the Cayman Compass, Jarvis said of his play at the tournatment: “The field and course were very challenging. I played very well in the first two rounds. However, in Round 3, with high winds and difficult pin locations, it was very challenging. “In Round 4, I just tried to stay focussed on my game and not think about anyone else’s score. This helped me to have a better score. I’m happy with how I played over four rounds of golf and meeting coaches from top universities.”

The Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship has catapulted previous winners into stardom, including Tiger Woods. As for Hastings and Jarvis, both players acquitted themselves well despite the windy conditions. Later this month, Hastings, along with Jarvis’s older brother, Andrew, will be teeing it up at the Latin American Amateur Championships at Mayakoba’s El Camaleón Golf Club in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Golf Association’s President’s Trophy contested on Saturday

December 02, 2019

The Cayman Islands Golf Association marked its 27th anniversary at the annual President’s Trophy event presented by Cayman National Bank on Saturday. In his opening introduction, Association President Paul Woodhouse announced one of the original founders of CIGA, David Bird, had been elected to the Caribbean Golf Association’s Hall of Fame.

The Cayman Islands Golf Association, (CIGA) held the 27th annual President’s Trophy event presented by Cayman National on Saturday 30th November.

The tournament was played at the North Sound Golf Club, and in his presentation speech CIGA President Paul Woodhouse praised the greenkeeping staff, headed up by Starling Kelly for their hard work in getting the course into good condition. He noted that the speed and quality of the greens, in conjunction to committee member Paul Wammer’s challenging pin positions, made for a fun and challenging test.

The President’s Trophy is contested over one round (18) holes and is a strokeplay handicap event with the winners being determined as those with the lowest net score.  The handicaps of the competitors on Saturday ranged from +6 (almost professional standard!) to 26.  One of the benefits of CIGA membership is that players can gain and maintain a United States Golf Association handicap which is recognised worldwide.  The age of the entrants also illustrates the fact that golf can be played and enjoyed by people of all ages.  The competitors on Saturday encompassed a range of 15 to 70+ 

36 golfers contested the Men’s event with the trophy going to Giles Hobday, with a score of 70. Runner up was Rich Hastings, who also finished with a 70. The tie was broken in accordance the rules of the competition. Dan Fortune, Tournament Director for CIGA, took third with 72.

Winner of the Ladies competition was Maria Butler with a net score of 71, runner up Emma Woodhouse (73). In the Senior Men’s category (gentlemen aged 50 yrs and over) the winner was Dave Champoux with a net score of 70, with Joe Defilippo second on 72. Super Seniors division (gentlemen aged 60 +), was won by Gilles Laplante with a score of 71, Mick Whitworth 2nd with 75.

During the trophy presentation Mr Woodhouse thanked Cayman National for their ongoing support of the of the association’s youth community golf development programme.  Cayman National Executive Vice President Brian Esau and – Erol Babayigit, SVP, Cayman National Securities were at the ceremony and took part in the trophy presentation. 

For details of membership benefits, application forms and information about tournaments and programmes see www.ciga.ky

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December 02, 2019

Cayman Golfers Battle it out for World Amateur Golf Rankings

 

A 54 hole competition was held 29th & 30th November and 1st December at the North Sound Golf Club the prize for the winner being World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) points.

Golfers who have a World Amateur ranking gain invitations and entry into some of the worlds’ best amateur tournaments.  As part of its golf development programme CIGA is committed to providing opportunities for the best players on the island to obtain WAGR ranking.  Because of the strict rules governing the type of tournaments which will be accredited they are currently only able to run men’s events, there being insufficient numbers of low handicap female golfers to run a women’s competition.

15 players took part over the three days which saw some testing conditions, particularly on the Friday when there were some very strong winds.

The winner was Andrew Jarvis (his second WAGR event victory) with a total score of 208, 5 under par.  Andrew was particularly pleased with the achievement of having 3 rounds under par, a first for him.

Joint runners up were Justin Hastings and Andrew’s younger brother Aaron Jarvis.  Both finished with great final rounds of 67 and 69 respectively and overall totals of 214 (1 over par)

The next WAGR event is scheduled to take place over the weekend of the Amateur Championships 1st & 2nd February 2020.

July 23, 2019

CAYMAN GOLF LAB now OPEN!

Cayman Golf Lab joins The Ritz-Carlton as the only indoor golf facilities on island. Cayman Golf Lab owner Brad de Schiffert said his facility will be open to the public, and will also be used by the territory’s best golfers for practice.

The golf lab will have a soft opening today, Tuesday, 23 July, and will host an open house on 3-4 Aug.

De Schiffert said he plans to have public leagues, where people can come in at separate times and golf their nine holes, and then go online to see how they scored compared to other Cayman residents they are competing against.

The golf instructor will also hold clinics, and the course will be open to people who just want to come in and smack a few golf balls.

De Schiffert said he thinks his facility will help unlock untapped golfing talent in Cayman by allowing more people to golf for longer.

Golfing 18 holes normally takes four hours, but can take about as little as one hour in one of the simulators, he explained. Additionally, people can practise after dark, and also play when the heat outside is unbearable in the middle of the day.

Check out the Cayman Golf Lab website, click here

March 31, 2019

National Team takes shape after final NATIONAL QUALIFIER

Five golfers who helped secure the Cayman Islands Golf Association (CIGA) first Caribbean title in the programme’s history have booked their spot on the team once again after the sixth and final round of the CIGA National Team qualifiers held Saturday (30 March) at the North Sound Golf Club.

Using the best cumulative score from four of six rounds including one score from the Ritz-Carlton Golf Course, 20-year old Andrew Jarvis topped the men’s field with a final round even-par 71.

“Overall, I am very pleased with how I performed in the qualifiers,” said Jarvis. “I battled through a bad wrist injury but towards the end, I couldn’t ask to hit the golf ball any better. On the last day, everybody put in a good fight for the top spot, both Aaron (Jarvis) and Payten (Wight) were not backing down.”

Brother Aaron finished second overall in the men’s national rankings, shooting a final round best two-under par 69. The 16-year old was the top golfer for Cayman in last July’s Caribbean title win, along with reigning National Champion Payten Wight.

“I played pretty solid throughout the day,” said Jarvis. “I got off to a good start being two-under through five holes. I finished one-under through nine, and kept the momentum through the final nine holes, birdied seventeen to finish two-under.”

Wight finished in a four-way tie for second on the day shooting one-under par 70. The 24-year old will play on his sixth national team.

“It’s always an honour to make the national team,” said Wight. “We have a good group of guys again, so hopefully we can take what we did last year and put it into this year.”

Also shooting one-under par to make the cut was the 2017 National Champion, 15-year old Justin Hastings.

“I thought I played well, we finally got some good weather conditions so we took advantage of that,” said Hastings. “It’s a cool experience to play on the national team, it’s my third year, so I love to go out and play against some great competition against other islands.”

Veteran Michael Wight (-1, 70) and Joel Dodson (+5, 76) placed fifth and sixth overall to round of the men’s national team.

For the women’s team, defending junior Caribbean champion Holly McLean finished first overall shooting a final round eight-over par 79. This will be the 14-year old’s second national senior team appearance. She’ll be joined by Isabel Mendes who shot a final round eight-over 79, and Lauren Needham, who finished third overall in the women’s rankings.

In addition, the winner of both the men’s and women’s National Championships held 27-28 April at the North Sound Golf Club will gain automatic qualification onto Cayman’s national team. This would potentially knocked the sixth placed men’s golfer and the third placed women’s golfer out of contention.

View all the results from the first four rounds of CIGA’s National Team Qualifiers here.

Cayman 27 Story, click here

February 28, 2019

WIGHT takes lead after FOURTH NATIONAL QUALIFIER

Payten Wight took the lead in overall standings for the Hoerman Cup team after Round Four of the Cayman Islands Golf Association (CIGA) National Qualifiers held Saturday (23 February) at the Ritz Carlton Golf Course. The reigning national champion shot +2-over par 74 for the day’s best score.

“It was a great round considering the conditions.” said Wight. “I hit a lot of good shots and stayed patient throughout the round and did the best I could. Even though I doubled the last hole to shoot 2-over, I’m going to take a lot of positives from that round, and do my best to shoot two more low ones.”

Father Michael Wight was second best on the day shooting +5-over par 77, followed by Aaron Jarvis and Justin Hastings who were both +6-over par 78. Andrew Jarvis and Jason Perras tied for fifth shooting  +9-over par 81.

The top four of six scores from the national qualifiers will determine the men’s team for the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships. One of four scores will be drawn from the third and or fourth rounds played at the Ritz Carlton Golf Course. The men’s national team will be made up of the top six golfers.

Holly McLean led the women’s side shooting+15-over par 87. Isabel Mendes and Lauren Needham tied for second shooting +25-over par 97. Emma Woodhouse finished fourth shooting +31-over par (103).

View all the scores and standings here.

View all the results from the first four rounds of CIGA’s National Team Qualifiers here.

Cayman 27 Story, click here

February 13, 2019

ROSS Tops Third NATIONAL QUALIFIER For Overal Lead in HOERMAN CUP

With six spots up for grabs in the 2019 Hoerman Cup, Brian Ross has emerged as Cayman’s top golfer after the third of six rounds in the Cayman Islands Golf Association (CIGA) national team qualifiers held Saturday (10 February) at the Ritz Carlton Golf Course.

After opening his qualifiers in Round Two with an +1 over-par 72 at the North Sound Golf Club, Ross finished with a third round best +2 over-par 74. In Cayman’s first ever Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships Hoerman Cup victory, Ross finished in a tie for seventh overall.

“It was quite windy, but I kept the ball in play, so I played quite steady,” said Ross. “Hopefully, I keep playing how I am playing, and we’ll see how it goes.”

Defending national champion Payten Wight finished second best on the day, shooting +3 over-par 75. After missing the cut in January’s Latin American Amateurs, Wight said he was happy with his sixth overall ranking after competing in the first three rounds of qualification.

“First round, I got off to a rough start, but it’s always like that first qualifier back,” said Wight. “I would like to get some under-par rounds in there. I know I can do it, I just have to take the time, be calm, patient, and let it happen.”

After leading the second national qualifier with an even-par 71 at North Sound, Joel Dodson sits in third overall in the Hoerman Cup standings after three rounds. Dodson shot +5 over-par 77 at the Ritz Carlton Saturday, and says he’s aiming to play on Cayman’s Mid-Amateur squad. He added, he still has something to prove.

“The older you get, it becomes to compete with the young guys,” said Dodson. “I think it would be something if I can finish in the top-six. It would be nice to see the look on the young guys face when the older guy beats them.”

View all the results from the first three rounds of CIGA’s National Team Qualifiers here.

Cayman 27 Story, click here

January 15, 2019

Jarvis, Mendes Leads After Round One of CIGA NATIONAL TEAM QUALIFIERS

The road to the 63rd Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships has begun.

After Cayman won it’s first Caribbean Amateur Golf Championship in 2018, a group of 24 amateur golfers hit the links of the North Sound Golf Club Saturday (12 January) for the first of six rounds to determine the Cayman Islands Golf Association (CIGA) 2019 Men’s and Women’s National Team.

Round One: Hoerman Cup

With six spots up for grabs in the men’s division, 19-year old Andrew Jarvis shot an opening round 68, good for -3 under-par and the lead among 20 golfers in contention. Reigning Under-15 Caribbean Junior champion, brother Aaron Jarvis, shot -1 under-par 70 to place second. Justin Hastings (E), Paul Wammer (+3), Phillip Wight (+5) and Joel Dodson (+6) rounded out the top six.

“I’ve put in a lot of practice leading up to today, so I was really pleased with how I played today, very solid,” said Jarvis. “The weather was on and off, rain would come and go. That put me off a bit, but not to lose focus.”

Round One: George Teale Trophy

With four spots up for grabs in the women’s division, Isabel Mendes took the early lead shooting +8 over-par 79 among four golfers. She was followed by Nitte Howe (+10), reigning Junior Girls 11-13 Caribbean champion Holly McLean (+12) and Lauren Needham (+14).

The top four of six scores will be used to determine the final standings for Cayman’s national teams. Round Two of the CIGA National Team qualifiers hit the North Sound Golf Course 2nd February.

 

View all the Round One results here

April 25, 2018

Susan proves age is no Barrier!

Golf is unique in the world of sport in that it has no boundaries in terms of gender or age.  Our Cayman courses regularly see golfers ranging from 6 years of age to 80+ teeing it up and enjoying a healthy outdoor activity. 

Susan Dasher, aged 73, decided to take up golf in the summer of 2017.  She signed up for regular lessons with North Sound Golf Club coach Robert Chilman and is working hard to learn both the technique and the rules of the game.

In the less than a year Susan has had two major golfing achievements.

In October 2017, whilst playing in her first ever Cayman Islands Golf Association competition, she had a hole in one at #13 at the North Sound Golf Club.  Many players go a lifetime in the game without one – the odds for an amateur making an ace is 1 in 12,500.

In early April she travelled to San Antonio to participate in the Clover Texas Senior Games where she competed in golf, basketball & tennis.  She gained a gold medal in the golf competition with a score of 93.  That score qualifies Susan for the Humana National Senior Games which will be held in Albuquerque, NM June 14-25, 2019.  

The moral of the story – you are never too old (or too young) to take up golf.

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