Winds do not deter junior golfers

The young winners of the Digicel Junior Golf Series are, back row, from left, Derek Peene and Justin Hastings, and, front row, Tabitha Hawkins, Matthew Rees, Holly McLean and Danny Lyne.

Junior golfers faced some tough conditions for the first of six tournaments in the Digicel Junior Golf Series that kicked off Nov. 20 at North Sound Club. The gusty weather did not deter the 24 boys and girls who came out to put the first round of scores on the board for the series.

In the senior boys category, playing 18 holes from the white tees, Andrew Jarvis led the standings with a score of 72, followed by Justin Hastings with a 76. Andy Hastings led the younger boys who played 18 holes from the red tees, and Holly McLean led the girls with an 88.

Given the tough conditions, the organizers were particularly pleased to see such a big turnout from the younger 9-hole golfers, with 11 boys and three girls, according to a press release. Zach Brooks placed just ahead of Danny Lyne with scores of 42 and 43, respectively, and Beth Walton led the 9-hole girls with a 56.

The next tournament will be Dec. 11 at North Sound Golf Club and the series will continue through to May 28 when the top five of six scores for each golfer will count toward the overall series standings.

Trials for the junior team that will represent Cayman at the Caribbean Championships kick off with two of four rounds on Nov. 27 at North Sound Golf Club and Dec. 4 at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Cayman will also have a record 12 junior golfers represented at the Doral-Publix Junior Golf Classic in Miami from Dec. 17-23. That tournament features more than 600 of the top junior golfers from around the world, a press release states.

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