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.
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.
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.
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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
LADIES DIVISION: Regan Cairns
SENIOR DIVISION: Karoly Szucs
SUPER SENIOR DIVISION: Mark Macfee
CONGRATULATIONS from CIGA!
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!!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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