The Digicel Junior Golf Series held the first round of the RSM Junior National Team Qualifiers on Nov. 27.
Golfers ages 11 through 17 compete in a series of four 18-hole tournaments to earn qualifying positions on the team that will represent the Cayman Islands at the Caribbean Championships in July in Trinidad and Tobago.
The four qualifying rounds, including the one on Nov. 27, and Jan. 14 are hosted at the North Sound Golf Club; on Dec. 4 and Feb. 12 they are held at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Golf Club. The boys will play off for spots in the 16-17, 14-15 and 11-13 age groups and the girls are playing for spots in the 11-13 age group.
In the first round, Aaron Jarvis took a significant lead over Derek Peene in the 14-15 category, shooting a 3-under-par 68 from the blue tees.
In the 11-13 boys division, Justin Hastings commanded the first round with a 72 from the white tees, followed by James Bould (89), Todd Purton (90), Andy Hastings (91), Tom Dickens (92) and James Rees. With only two places open on the team, this will be an exciting group to follow, organizers said in a press release.
In the girls division, Holly McLean leads after the first round with an 85 from the red tees, followed by Lauren Needham and Bethany Hawkins.
Greg O’Driscoll from sponsor RSM said, “We are excited to see the results of the first round and proud to sponsor the Junior Qualifiers that will give these talented young athletes the opportunity to challenge themselves as they endeavor to earn positions on the junior team that will represent Cayman at the prestigious Caribbean Championships.”