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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

2019 CGA Four Ball Championship

October 14, 2019

Team Jamaica has won the 2019 CGA Four Ball Championships as well as 4 out of the 5 other categories.  In addition to the coveted Ambrose Gouthro Cup for the Overall Best Performing Country in the Championships, Jamaica secured the Francis & Steele-Perkins Cup for Men 50+, the Higgs & Higgs Trophy (men 60+), the Maria Nunes Trophy (Ladies 35+), and the Dessie Henry Trophy (Ladies 50+).

"Congratulations to Jamaica on Winning the 2019 CGA-Fourball Championships," says Sidney Wolf, CGA President. "I'm also very proud of runners-up Puerto Rico and winners in each category. All the golfers competed at their best this week despite weather challenges on the course."

With a field of 62 golfers from 8 countries, the final overall standings are Jamaica at 66 points, Puerto Rico (59), Bahamas (36), Cayman Islands (34), Barbados (33), Trinidad & Tobago (21), Turks & Caicos Islands (17), and US Virgin Islands (11).
 
“Extremely proud of the effort and fight displayed by Team Jamaica this week,” says Jamaican Team Manager Johnny Newnham. “The group was united under one mission and they committed themselves to the process of being the best on each and every shot. A lot of hard work went in the preparation for this event, and that allowed them to go out there and have fun and enjoy competing. It has been a long time since Jamaica won as a team in the Caribbean; this was a well-earned victory.”
 
After dominating throughout the event, Jamaicans Mark Newnham and Sean Morris take home the Francis & Steele-Perkins Cup. With overall 17 birdies and 3 bogeys, they win with the best score of the championships, a whopping 14-under par for 202.  Second-up are their team-mates Rory Jardine and Owen Samuda with 3-over at 219.

In the Ramon Baez Romano Trophy Flight, winners Erick Morales and Tommy Smith of Puerto Rico held the top spot for all three rounds ending with an overall 11-under for 205. During the competition they posted 15 birdies with 2 bogeys and a double bogey.  Runners-up were Peter McIntosh and Lynford Miller of Bahamas with 3-over at 219.
 
Jamaicans Dorrel Allen and Robert Chin won the Higgs & Higgs Trophy with 4-over par for 220.  Their team-mates Peter Chin and George Hugh followed with 15-over at 231.
 
In the ladies flights, Jodi Munn-Barrow and Alison Reid of Jamaica win the Maria Nunes Trophy with 253, followed by Puerto Rico’s Rebekah Alfond and Marilina Silen at 263.  Jamaica’s Michelle Gabay and Maggie Lyn won the Dessie Henry Trophy with 239. Runners-up Amoy Chang Fong and Pauline Raynor of Trinidad and Tobago ended the 254.

Aaron Jarvis is Going Places!

August 02, 2019

The next time that you see 16-year-old Aaron Jarvis, he will be starting a new career path at the Leadbetter Junior Golf Academy and completing his final two years of high school at The Crenshaw School near Orlando, Florida.

Starting August, he will have the opportunity to compete against quality players from across the United States and the World, and to obtain a golf scholarship to a Division 1 university.

But for now, he is basking in his recent success at back-to-back tournaments, having placed third at the Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships at Albany, Bahamas, and 10th at the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships on the Blue Monster Course in Doral, Florida.

“It’s my first year playing in the Boys 16‑18 Category in both tournaments, and to finish Top 5 and Top 10 in the tournaments feels amazing. I did pretty well on two of the courses, being at Professional Golfers’ Association level, and just happy with the way it all turned out. I am looking forward to working with the best Pro golfers at Leadbetter Junior Golf Academy,” Jarvis said.

He is taking the first steps in his goal to become a professional golfer by practising hard and playing in tournaments, and aiming to shoot under par with the assistance of professional coaching.

Best of Luck Aaron!!

Cayman Finishes Third at 63rd Caribbean Amateur Golf Championship

July 06, 2019

The Cayman Islands national men’s golf team came up short of repeating as tops in the region Friday (5 July) finishing third overall at the 63rd Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships at the Case de Campo in the Dominican Republic.

After dropping to fourth overall and +52 strokes over par to finish round three, Cayman fought back to finish +65 over par for the tournament ahead of Jamaica (4th, +70), Trinidad & Tobago (5th, +88) Barbados (6th, +95) and Bahamas (7th, +100).

Leading the way was 2019 national champion Andrew Jarvis. The 20-year-old finished with his second below-par round of the week at one -1 under 70 for the day, tying him for fourth overall in the individual men’s standings.

15-year-old Justin Hastings was +2 over par to finish tied for 13th overall, while Payten Wight was +3 over on the day and finished 15th overall for the tournament. 15-year-old Aaron Jarvis was +10 over for round four and finished tied for 25th for the week, while newcomers Barry Daly (+9) finished 27th overall, with Cameron Leitch +25 over and 42nd for the championships.

“I am proud of their efforts this week,” said Head Coach Erick Fowler. “They fought hard through some tough times to pull out a strong third place. In the end, we couldn’t avoid some high scores in certain areas of the golf course, had a tough time with some of the many wind changes throughout the week, and missed quite a few key putts.”

The Hoerman Cup – awarded to the top men’s team – went to host nation Dominican Republic who finished just +17 over par for the tournament based on the top four of six individual scores. Puerto Rico finished second overall at +37 over par. Dominican Juan Jose Guerra was the top individual male golfer shooting even par for the tournament.

“Congratulations to the Dominican Republic for some great golf this week along with Puerto Rico,” said Fowler. “Very deserving champions in both categories. Thank you to the Dominican Republic and FedoGolf put on a very good tournament.”

In the battle for the George Teale trophy – awarded to the top women’s team – Puerto Rico repeated as champions shooting a tournament-best +8 over par. Cayman finished 7th out of seven countries with a combined score of +89 over par. 14-year-old Holly McLean was the top female golfer for Cayman finishing +13 over par for round four and +31 over par for the tournament, good for 11th overall in the individual standings. Lauren Needham was +19 over on the final day and +58 over for the tournament, finishing 22nd overall.

“A great performance by our two young junior ladies in representing their country can’t be forgotten,” said Fowler. “We can take a lot of positives away from this week by all, and we can take the negatives and build on the upcoming year to be even better prepared.”

After finishing second overall in 2018, Puerto Rican Yudika Rodriguez was the top women’s golfer in the individual standings with the best score of the tournament – male or female – shooting -1 under par 70.

View all the results here.

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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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