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Jarvis finish Top 10 in The Optimist International Junior Golf Championship

July 31, 2019

Cayman Islands golfer Aaron Jarvis finished 9th in his age group at the 2019 Optimist International Junior Golf Championships, which wrapped up on 31 July. 

Jarvis was one of 135 golfers in the Boys 16-18 Division for the tournament contested at the PGA-level Blue Monster course in Doral, Florida.

He was tied for fourth heading into the final round after rounds of 70, 73 and 74, placing him five strokes off the top of the leaderboard with a two-over par 217 total. His 77 in the final round pushed him down the standings to finish at seven-over 294, within eight strokes of the winner, Angel Gurrera.

A top 10 placing is a remarkable finish at one of the largest and best-known junior golf tournaments in the world. 

This wraps up a solid month of golf for Jarvis, who was third among 18 and Under Boys at the Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships that concluded in Bahamas a few days before. Earlier in the month, he was part of the men’s team that finished third at the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships in the Dominican Republic.

Top 5 finishes for Cayman golfers at Caribbean Amateur Junior Championships

July 26, 2019

Top Cayman juniors Justin Hastings, Aaron Jarvis, Holly Mclean and Lauren Needham posted top-5 finishes at the recently concluded 2019 Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships in Albany, Bahamas. 

Hastings finished two shots back of Puerto Rico’s Gustavo Rangel Badillo to finish second in the Boys 15 and Under Flight in the race for the Arturo Pellerano Trophy. Hastings posted a three-round total of 10-over par 226, with his best round of 73 coming on the second day of competition. He finished 11 strokes ahead of third-place finisher Rocco Lopez of Jamaica.

Meantime, Jarvis was third in in the Boys 18 and Under Flight competing for the James Moss-Solomon Trophy. He finished four-over par with a three-day total of 220. That placed him behind eventual winner Justin Burrowes of Jamaica (-2, 214) and Puerto Rico’s Andres Aranguren (+1, 217). Jarvis’ best performance came when he shot an even 72 during the second round.

Mclean finished fourth at 11-over par 227, one stroke behind third-place finisher Darianyz Guzman of Puerto Rico among Girls 15 and Under competing for the Kenneth Francis Trophy. Lauren Needham finished tied for fifth on 247, sharing that spot with Eryn Blakely of Jamaica.

In the Boys 11-13 Flight, Sam Mclean moved up one spot on the final day to finish ninth overall of the 10 golfers competing. He ended his first Caribbean Junior Championships with a score of 277, saving his best round for last with 89 on the final day. 

Andrew Hastings and Todd Purton finished ninth and 10th, respectively in the Boys 15 and Under Flight. Hastings shot 254 over three days, while Purton scored 257. 

Cayman’s other golfer in the boys 18 and Under Flight was Todd Purton, who finished tied for 12th with Rayaz Ramberan of Trinidad and Tobago on 272 strokes through three rounds.

We would like to thank our sponsors RSM, Eat's Legendz &b Yoshi's for the team attire.

Justin Hastings win the 2019 Elite Marble & Granite Junior Open

June 09, 2019

Young golfers played for the Elite Marble & Granite Junior U.S. Open Major that was held at North Sound Golf Club on Sunday, June 9. Golfers, whose ages ranged from 10 to 16, played in a 18-hole stroke play tournament with all golfers, boys and girls, playing as a single field, with the older, more experienced juniors playing longer yardages and the younger golfers playing from the shorter tees. 

 

Aaron Jarvis and Justin Hastings played from the black tees, Andy Hastings, Todd Purton, and Tom Dickens played from the blue tees, Holly Mclean & Danny Lyne played from white tees, Sam Mclean played off yellow and Ben Croucher, Cian Andersen & Josh Richardson played from the red tees.

 

Aaron and Justin demonstrated that experience plays a significant role in the windy conditions.  Justin finished with a 72 (1 over par) taking the championship whilst defending champion Aaron shot 74 finishing second

 

The 18-hole stroke play format in these Major Tournaments gives the more experienced golfers additional tournament play exposure as they prepare to play the annual Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships to be held this year at the Albany Golf Club, Bahamas, and other International Junior golf tournaments in the USA & UK.

Aaron Jarvis & Holly Mclean are the 2019 Junior Island Champions

May 12, 2019

The 2019 Cayman Islands Junior Championships was on May 11-12 at the North Sound Golf Club and featured 10 players ages from 11 to 18 in three divisions.

In the Girls 36-hole Championship, Holly Mclean, the current champion, defended her title with two scores of 77 and 75, for a total score over the two days of 152. The runner-up was Lauren Needham with a score of 163.

The Boys 36-hole Championship, from the Blue Tees, was closely contested with Aaron Jarvis edging out Justin Hastings to be crowned the Champion. Aaron shot two rounds of 68 to end up 6 under par for the tournament. Justin Hastings followed closely behind following 2 rounds of even par 71. Todd Purton finished 3rdafter scores of 85 and 84.

The Red Tee Tournament for the younger players was contested over 18-holes on the Sunday. Ben Croucher came out on top with a score of 84, followed closely by Sam Mclean with a score of 86.

During the trophy ceremony, the Cayman Islands Golf Association Junior Committee thanked the Junior Program sponsors for their support (RSM & JIKA Africa) and all the volunteers for their time. They also thanked the North Sound Club staff for the preparing of the course. All the junior golfers who took part were congratulated on the standard of play over the two days.

For information about Junior Programs and all CIGA events and membership information, see www.ciga.ky.

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