Cayman golfer plays in Junior Open

Cayman junior golfer Joe Purton

Joe Purton traveled straight from Barbados, where he represented the Cayman Islands at the Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships, to Scotland last week to join 147 other junior golfers from 80 countries around the world.

This year’s R&A Junior Open Championship, for golfers under age 16, took place less than three miles from Royal Troon at Kilmarnock (Barassie), one of Scotland’s most renowned links.

Joe shot a total of 171 but missed the cut by just one shot and did not get to play on the third day, his father, who was with him at the event, reported. “The Junior Open is an amazing event. Joe really loved the experience and although disappointed not to play on the third day he has learned so much.”

James Walton, junior golf coordinator for the Cayman Islands Golf Association, said, “We are very pleased that Joe did so well. Links golf is a very different challenge to the sort of golf he has grown up playing. We are also grateful once again to the R&A who provide this wonderful opportunity for our young golfers.”

Founded in 1994, the Junior Open is traditionally played on a nearby course shortly before The Open Championship, also known as the British Open.

Duncan Weir, an official with the R&A, said in a press release, “The Junior Open is a wonderful opportunity for talented young boy and girl golfers from around the world to compete in a prestigious international event. We are seeing an increasingly high standard of play at each championship, and many past competitors have gone on to enjoy successful careers at the professional level.”