The junior golf scene has flourished in the past year, which is why there will be more than 30 playing in the Cayman Islands Junior Golf Championship this weekend at North Sound Golf Club.
The 36-hole tournament will be keenly contested on Sunday. The boys’ main championship is likely to be contested between Joe Purton, Aaron Jarvis and Justin Hastings. The girls title is wide open.
Purton won the title last year, but Karinya Linford, the 2014 girls champion, is unable to play as she is now in school in Canada.
Hastings, who is only 11, was runner-up in his age group in the Caribbean Amateur Junior Championships a couple of months ago.
Then Hastings qualified to play in the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship at Pinehurst, North Carolina and did well there too.
There are around 40 juniors playing at least once a month in the program.
In the past year, the number and ability of golfers has increased thanks to the support of the North Sound Golf Club in allocating weekend tee times for juniors to play and hosting regular clinics.
Blue Tip at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman also offered a heavily discounted rate for the junior teams to play prior to the Caribbean Amateur Junior Championships in July in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
In May, many junior golfers swarmed the practice ground and 18th hole of the North Sound Golf Club to take part in the Cayman Islands Golf Association “Drive, Chip and Putt Skills Challenge.” Jenny Purton, Frederica Santi and Gia Champoux were among the kids who thoroughly enjoyed the skills test.
It was one of many events the association arranges to keep kids interested and to monitor their progress.
Some participants were new to the game or had recently attended one of the many golf clinics and camps run by the North Sound Golf Club over the past year.
There will be a trophy for the main boy and girl champion and also age group trophies on Sunday. The championships is sponsored by High Water for the second consecutive year.