Junior golfers completed round two of six in the Digicel Junior Golf Series on Dec. 11. The 18-hole groups played a Stableford format in which points are scored based on the number of shots relative to par on each hole, instead of counting the total number of strokes in the round. This format also took handicaps into account, with lower handicap golfers giving strokes to higher handicap golfers on certain holes.
In this format, Derek Peene took the lead for the senior boys (white tees) with 37 points, ahead of Aaron Jarvis and Joe Purton, who each scored 31 points. In the junior boys 18-hole division (red tees), James Bould finished first with 32 points, edging out Andy Hastings (30 points). Tom Dickens came in third.
In the girls division, Holly McLean led round two with 34 points, followed by Lauren Needham with 31 points. Lily Marsh, in her first tournament, took the top spot in the girls 9-hole division.
The boys 9-hole group followed a stroke play format. Nine-year-old Sam McLean took first place with a score of 43. Second and third place were awarded on a count-back, with Luke Dodson taking second and Zach Brooks third, both shooting 44 for nine holes.
Justin Hastings is competing in the IMG Junior World Championships – Florida Challenge from Dec. 12-15. He tees off with Alavid Melo Iturralde from Mexico and Tiger Christensen from Germany in round one on Dec. 14. This is a 54-hole individual stroke play competition that attracts 200 of the best junior golfers from over 30 countries around the world, a press release states.
Twelve junior golfers will play at the Doral Publix Junior Golf Classic in Miami, representing Cayman in age groups 8-9 through to 16-18. This tournament, from Dec. 18-23, draws more than 600 junior golfers from around the world. The Digicel series and the junior team qualifiers will continue in Cayman in January.
For full tournament results and more details about CIGA junior and senior events, visit www.ciga.ky.