74 golfers hit the green for championships

A record 74 golfers took part in this year’s Amateur Championships, the flagship event for Cayman Islands Golf Association.

There were some fierce battles in many of the divisions in the 36-hole, two-day event, with only a shot or two separating first and second place.

Four members of the Cayman Islands Junior Team took part, including 17-year-old Andrew Jarvis, who drew for second in the men’s championship, and also had the low round of the tournament – a 3 under par 68.

Justin Hastings and Aaron Jarvis, both 13 years old and playing in the Championship off the black tees for the first time, came in with scores of 151 and 152, which put them in tied fifth and sixth places, respectively.

“It was a fantastic two days of golf with a great atmosphere around the 18th green on Sunday as the competitors gathered to watch and cheer as the final players completed their rounds, CIGA president Paul Woodhouse said.

In his trophy presentation speech, Woodhouse congratulated the North Sound Golf Club for presenting the course in such good condition and thanked the team at the club for their help, hard work and support organizing the event, which ensured that 2016 Amateur Championships ran smoothly.

Title sponsor TRAC Automotive provided two cars as prizes for a hole in one, however, despite the best efforts of all the players in the field, no one walked away with a new vehicle.

The future of Cayman golf is looking bright, champion Joel Dodson said in his speech, adding that it is highly unlikely that the next winner of the island championship will be over 20 years of age.

The next CIGA event will be held on Saturday at North Sound Golf Club. This is a Stableford event linked to the first major of the year – The Masters.