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Golf star Jarvis dares to dream of Masters glory

Cayman Compass Article - March 9, 2022

Teen golf sensation Aaron Jarvis got his hands on the coveted US Masters winner’s green jacket Tuesday – only this one was made of icing and sugar.

The 19-year-old will make history as the first Caymanian to compete for the real thing when he travels to Augusta, Georgia, for the biggest event in golf next month.

Friends, family and well-wishers gathered at George Town Yacht Club this week to wish him farewell and good luck. 

He was presented with a custom-made shirt, featuring the Cayman flag, and a three-tier cake by the Ministry of Tourism.

A large crowd toasted his success and he signed specially designed postcards for dignitaries including Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan and Governor Martyn Roper, as well as for his grandad and a growing number of fans and friends.

Jarvis, who qualified for the biggest stage in the sport with his victory at the Latin American Amateur Championship in the Dominican Republic in January, hopes to have his cake and eat it, too, when he lines up against the world’s best golfers mid-April.

He said he was nervous, but not intimidated, at the prospect of facing the likes of Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson.

“I’m just gonna enjoy it but I also want to play well,” he told the media at Tuesday’s event.

“I think it’s an opportunity for me to make a name for myself and put myself into the big world with the professionals and show people that coming from a small place, you can still make it.”

Jarvis will compete in the Cayman Islands Golf Association’s national championships at the North Sound Golf Club over the weekend before heading to Florida to work with his coach ahead of the Masters.

He is allowed five practice days at the famous Augusta course before the tournament. 

The first two of those, which took place earlier this year, were about acclimatising to the atmosphere of a place he has previously only experienced on television.

He has three more sessions to hone his tactics and strategy before the big event.

“The whole place is pretty magical,” he said, “Just driving down Magnolia Lane and seeing the place for the first time was pretty cool. But going there for multiple times before the tournament will allow me to get comfortable with the course.”

In a message to youngsters coming up in the game – or in any sport – he said the key element was to have fun and believe you can improve.

His victory and ascent to the Masters field was considered all the more unlikely because of Cayman’s limited facilities. But Jarvis, his brother Andrew, fellow college golfer Justin Hastings and national team captain Payten Wight have all excelled despite those challenges.

“Having one golf course here was enough for us to get better every day,” he said.

“The older guys took us in… even though there’s one course we enjoyed going out there until sunset, after school ’til dark and we wouldn’t get home till like eight, nine o’clock sometimes, but it was so good. Having one golf course was enough for us to get better every day and we just enjoyed it and had fun growing up.”

Jarvis has a packed summer that will also take him to the equally prestigious Open Championship in Scotland, to the US Open qualifiers and several other high-profile events.

His mum and dad, Lana and Robin Jarvis, said they were proud to see what he had achieved and would be rooting for him in Augusta along with a large contingent of family and friends from Cayman.

Jarvis on his way to victory in the Dominican Republic.

“It’s an exciting year for all of us and I know you have all been part of the journey along the way,” said Robin, as he paid tribute to all the coaches, friends, family and supporters who have helped Aaron on his journey, “Thank you everybody for this and this is our journey together so enjoy it.”

Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan said Jarvis would be representing Cayman on the big stage and putting the island on the map.

“This is a moment in time that will forever be part of our history,” he said at Tuesday’s event.

“We are fortunate to have him as a representative for our country.”

Jarvis hopes to make the cut at the Masters and finish as the top amateur, a result that would help propel him towards the big time. He is currently playing golf for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and hopes his college career and this summer’s schedule of major tournaments could be a pathway to a pro career.

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CIGA Announces Grant Thornton as Title Sponsor

March 8, 2022

Announcing Grant Thornton in the Cayman Islands as the Title Sponsor of the Island Championship and Cayman National Teams.


CIGA is absolutely thrilled to announce that Grant Thornton (GT) and CIGA have agreed to a five-year partnership to sponsor our National Teams and the Island Championship. Grant Thornton and CIGA have a shared commitment to golf development in the Cayman Islands. We are in a fortunate position to have elite talent in both the men’s and women’s amateur game. We also have tremendous interest in the game from the next generation. With the Cayman Islands hosting the 2023 Caribbean Junior Amateur Golf Championship, now is the time to invest in our junior players.


GT’s support will ensure our Island’s top amateur players have the opportunity to compete internationally. Their support will also ensure the next generation of golfers are provided every opportunity to develop and reach their potential. 


Grant Thornton’s sponsorship will commence with this weekend’s Island Championship which will be held at North Sound Golf Club. This year is the 30th anniversary of our National Championship. In addition to competing for the title of National Champion across four divisions, players will be competing for a spot on our men’s and women’s National Team, as well as our Mid-am, Senior and Super Senior men’s teams. Our Junior National Team will be determined in the near future.


Our sincere thanks to Greg O’Driscoll, Margot MacInnis and the GT team for their commitment to CIGA and to the game of golf. I know many of you are familiar with GT’s involvement with THE PLAYERS Championship and various professional golfers. We are so proud that local golf is now part of their investment in the game.


Good luck to all the competitors this weekend. Things should wrap up around 3:30pm on Sunday with the ceremony to celebrate the winners of the event and those earning on a spot to represent the Cayman Islands to follow.


Warm regards,


Jonathan Joyce

On behalf of the CIGA Committee


Cayman Islands Golf Championship 2021

March 8, 2021

Cayman Islands Amateur Golf Championship


The 29th Cayman Islands Amateur Championship sponsored by TRAC Automotive took place this past weekend at the North Sound Golf Club. Andrew Jarvis won the men’s championship with Lauren Needham winning the ladies championship. Scott Kapuscinski took home the senior’s prize with Paul Woodhouse winning the super senior’s title. 

Jarvis held off a dogged challenge from Jason Perras to win by two shots on his birthday. Recent WAGR Matchplay winner Giles Hobday was a further three shots back in third with defending champion Payten Wight tied for fourth alongside his father, Michael at a shot behind Hobday.


In the ladies’ championship, 16-year old Needham put in a strong Sunday performance to hold off the challenge of Emily Ribbins in second and win by four shots with Ashley MacDonald two shots further back in third. 

Kapuscinski held off strong challenges from both Robert Woods and Paul Wammer to win by a shot to take home the senior championship for the fourth time. 

The super senior championship was won by Paul Woodhouse beating Mick Whitworth by one shot after a back and forth battle on Sunday. 

The men’s handicap division saw an extremely tight finish with Ger Finnegan emerging from the pack to take a one shot win over Carl Attim and Marcus Stafford with defending champion Daniel Fortune one further shot back. 


The ladies’ handicap division had an equally tight finish with just two shots covering all three players and saw Colleen McDonald prevail by one shot over recent President’s Cup winner Regan Cairns.


In his address afterwards, CIGA President Jonathan Joyce thanked the committee for the work in putting on the event as well as the assistance of the North Sound Golf Club for presenting the course in such great condition for the tournament. 



New Champions emerge at Presidents Trophy

February 6, 2021

Cayman Islands Golf Association hosted the annual Presidents Trophy Tournament sponsored by Cayman National Bank on February 6, 2021 at the North Sound Golf Club.

This years event produced new and first time Champions on a day enjoyed by all.




MENS DIVISION:  Kerling Vasquez








Jarvis signs to Golf for UNLV

November 30, 2020

Cayman Islands amateur golfer Aaron Jarvis officially is a Runnin’ Rebel.

Jarvis recently signed his National Letter of Intent to play at the University
of Nevada, Las Vegas. It comes as fellow golfer Justin Hastings recently signed an NLI to play at San Diego State University.

An NLI cements a student-athlete’s commitment to play at a particular school.

Those schools are both in the Mountain West Conference, which means the pair will compete against each other in conference play at the college level.

“I think it’s awesome. It’s gonna be pretty cool,” Jarvis told the Compass in September on the prospect of facing Hastings at the college level. “Hopefully UNLV comes out on top but it’s gonna be fun. I can’t wait.”


Jarvis, 17, lives in Orlando, Florida, where he trains at the nearby David Leadbetter Golf Academy.

UNLV had won four out of the last five Mountain West Conference men’s golf team championships prior to the 2020 season that was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Runnin’ Rebels have produced several professional players, including world No. 8 Adam Scott, Ryan Moore and Charley Hoffman.

CONGRATULATIONS from CIGA and all it's Members!!

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Hastings Inks NLI to golf at San Diego State

November 23, 2020

National golfer Justin Hastings has officially signed on with San Diego State University to attend the school on a full, four-year scholarship.

Hastings National Letter of Intent with SDSU.

Hastings signed a National Letter of Intent on 14 Nov. during a private gathering at The Ritz-Carlton. An NLI cements a student-athlete’s commitment to play at a particular school.

“This is still surreal for me right now,” said Hastings.

The 17-year-old is in his senior year at Cayman International School. Earlier this year, he tied for 28th at the Latin America Amateur Championship, which is a qualifying tournament for prestigious competitions like the Masters and US Open. His finish was the third-best among Caribbean competitors.

“I’ve been playing golf since I was 8 years old,” said Hastings. “The end goal is for me to go pro, and make a living from this. I know that there are still many more steps to go before that, but this puts me one step closer.”


He first took part in the Latin America championship in 2018 when he was 14 years old, making him the youngest competitor to ever play in the tournament. Shortly after, colleges began to woo him. He told the Cayman Compass that, along with the good weather in California, there were several reasons why he chose San Diego State.

“We visited the campus and I got really good vibes from [it],” said Hastings. “I’ve talked to the guys that are going into it with me next year and these are guys that I will be able to grow with and get better with.”

He is expected to arrive at the university for the 2021/2022 academic year. He says he wants to focus on his putting upon arriving on campus.

Justin Hastings takes a swing on the links.

“I have had too many meets in my life where I could have won a golf tournament, but my putter didn’t quite cooperate with me,” Hastings explained. “So, that’s something I will be working on for the next four years.”

Aaron Jarvis, another Cayman Islands golfer, recently announced a verbal commitment to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, which would also see him playing against Hastings during conference competitions.

Several student golfers hoping to follow in his footsteps were on hand as he signed his NLI.

“Hopefully what we have done will inspire the younger generations to come and give it a chance, and you never know where this could lead to,” said Hastings.

CONGRATULATIONS from CIGA and all it's Members!!



Cayman Golfers Move up in World Rankings

October 26, 2020

Three Cayman Islands golfers advanced in the world rankings this week, according to the World Amateur Golf Ranking website

Justin Hastings, Aaron Jarvis and Payten Wight made moves up the list while Cayman’s top-ranked amateur – Andrew Jarvis – fell 22 spots. 

Hastings improved by 20 spots to number 2,921 in the world thanks in part to his third-place finish at the recent Cayman Islands Golf Association Open Match Play Championship. Wight won the event, helping him climb up five spots to number 4,446 in the world. 

Aaron Jarvis, who attends Windermere High School in Orlando, Florida, and trains at the nearby David Leadbetter Golf Academy, improved eight spots to number 3,154. 

Andrew Jarvis is now ranked 2,601 in the world. 


Both Aaron Jarvis and Hastings recently gave their verbal commitments to play golf at the collegiate level in the US next year. Jarvis is set to play at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas while Hastings committed to San Diego State University.



CIGA showcased on Golf Channel

September 22, 2020

The Cayman Islands Golf Association has been invited by the Golf Channel (Latin America) to provide content for a program that will showcase Golf and the Cayman Islands.


CIGA President Jonathan Joyce was interviewed and discussed topics including the origins of golf in Cayman, Junior and Women's Development and the CIGA's role in promoting and supporting golf.


Some of Cayman's top golfers volunteered their time to provide some action footage for the program at the Ritz, in addition to a group of ladies at a NSGC Women's Clinic.   


The Golf Channel will be editing the episode and hopes to air it later this year...we will keep you posted!

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Hastings, Jarvis to Play College Golf

September 2, 2020

Two Cayman Islands golfers are in line to receive scholarships to play men’s golf at the NCAA Division I level.

Aaron Jarvis has verbally committed to play golf at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, while Justin Hastings has done the same at San Diego State University.

Both of these universities are part of the Mountain West Conference, which means the pair will be scheduled to compete against each other several times throughout the season. They both anticipate arriving on campus for the 2021/2022 school year.

“I think it’s awesome. It’s gonna be pretty cool,” said Jarvis on the prospect of facing Hastings at the college level. “Hopefully UNLV comes out on top but it’s gonna be fun. I can’t wait.”

Jarvis, 17, lives in Orlando, Florida, and is about to enter his senior year at Windermere High School. He trains at the nearby David Leadbetter Golf Academy.

“UNLV really trusted what I had going on here at the academy and my coaches (in Florida) have a lot of good connections with the people at UNLV,” Jarvis said.

“They have good facilities, good coaches, Vegas is a pretty cool spot so I think this is the right choice.”

Jarvis, who tied for 25th earlier this year at The Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship, in Coral Gables, Florida, expects to sign his National Letter of Intent this fall. An NLI indicates a student-athlete’s commitment to participating in college sports.

“It means a lot,” Jarvis said. “Just another step in the journey. It’s gonna be a fun one.”

UNLV had won four out of the last five Mountain West Conference men’s golf team championships prior to the 2020 season that was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Runnin’ Rebels have produced several professional players, including world No. 8 Adam Scott, Ryan Moore and Charley Hoffman.

Hastings, meanwhile, is in his senior year at Cayman International School. The 16-year-old says he’s been receiving college recruiting interest for about two years before giving his verbal commitment to San Diego State.

“I just felt like it was the best fit for me, not only golf-wise but academically as well,” Hastings said of the Aztecs’ programme.

Hastings earlier this year tied for 28th at the Latin America Amateur Championships, which is a qualifying tournament for prestigious competitions like The Masters and US Open. His finish was the third-best among Caribbean competitors. He first took part in the Latin America championships in 2018 when he was 14 years old, making him the youngest competitor to ever play in that tournament.

It was then that college recruiting interest began to grow.

Hastings visited SDSU in October 2019 and give his verbal commitment earlier this year. He was unable to meet his teammates during his campus visit but says he’s been in touch with them through social media. He hopes to sign his NLI next month.

“It’s just cool to be able to do what I’ve always wanted to do,” Hastings said.

The Aztecs had led the Mountain West Conference in total average score through seven events in 2020 before the season was called. The Aztecs have won three conference championships, the last one coming in 2015.

Former Aztecs Xander Schauffele, Scott Piercy and J.J. Spaun all play on the Professional Golf Association tour. Schauffele is the 11th-ranked player in the world.

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Justin Hastings shoots 57!

August 15, 2020

Justin Hastings, at age 16 had the round of his life at North Sound Golf Club, shooting 57.  He managed 1 Eagle, 12 Birdies and 5 Pars.


Having verbally committed to San Diego State, his future is looking bright!


Congratulation Justin!


CIGA joins the World Handicap System

Golf already has a single set of playing Rules, a single set of equipment Rules and a single set of Rules of Amateur Status overseen by the USGA and The R&A. Yet, today there are six different handicap systems used around the world. Each is well developed and successfully provides equity for play locally, but each of the different systems produces slightly differing results. The WHS unifies the six systems into a single system.

Learn more HERE

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 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


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


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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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. 

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