Justin, 9, tees up

Justin Hastings is a local golfer representing his country at the Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships next week.  

Hastings is only 9 and will feature in the 11-13 age group along with his teammates J.C. Trickett, Joe Purton, Ben Black, Joe Ribbins, Adam Stainrod, Andrew Jarvis, Sam Stainrod and Conor O’Dea at the North Sound Club from 2 to 5 July. 

The team really appreciates all the help received from the staff at the North Sound Club for their support and helpful coaching. 

The Caymanian team will face stiff competition from countries like Barbados, Jamaica and Puerto Rico but hope to impress and win the championship on home soil. 

Hastings said: “I think I have a shot at the top five. I think there will be an advantage by playing at home because I have played the course more than anyone has.” The practice has been intense, Hastings said. “We have been trying to go to the course as much as possible and everyone goes on Thursdays when we get coached.” 

Hastings also feels that having team-mates out on the course will be beneficial. 

“I think because we have played with each other before we will boost each other when playing.”  

He said that he wants to play a “safe game” and that “if I hit it into the woods chip it out and play it safe”.  

He loves playing golf and intends to continue into adulthood. “I want to keep getting better as I get older and I want to play golf at university and keep getting better and better.”  

As Justin is only 9 he was given special approval by the Caribbean Golf Association to play. 

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Justin Hastings at 9 is the youngest in the team. – PHOTO: SUBMITTED
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