Anyone who watched any of Rory McIlroy’s thrilling victory at The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in England on Sunday will have some idea of what a links golf course is like.
Teenager Andrew Jarvis can go one better. Not only did he get to spend time at the Open watching the professionals practice and play but he also got to play some links golf himself.
Jarvis, 15, represented Cayman at the 2014 Junior Open, held at West Lancashire Golf Club near Liverpool.
There were 126 players from 75 countries in the competition which was held over a testing course and in, at times, some typically inclement weather. It was cold and there were high winds and heavy rain.
Jarvis acquitted himself well, especially since he has only been playing for a little over a year and had no experience of playing that style of golf or in those conditions.
Participation in this prestigious event, which has an impressive alumni including Sergio Garcia who won in 1994 and Jordan Spieth, runner-up in 2008, is about more than just gaining valuable links golf and competition experience. It is a unique opportunity to meet other young golfers from around the world.
“I really enjoyed the experience to go and play a completely different style of golf,” Jarvis said.
“Playing in this championship with players from around the world has taught me many different things and hopefully it will help to improve my game.”
Now back on island, Jarvis is preparing alongside his fellow team members to tee up at the Caribbean Amateur Junior Championships in Puerto Rico next week.