Justin Hastings won the championship in the 11-14 Boys Division at the IMG Junior Golf Tournament hosted by IMG Academy at Ocala National Golf Club in Florida on March 4 and 5.
Justin shot 151 with a 75-76 over the two-day, 36-hole tournament. He trailed Germany’s Tiger Christensen by one stroke after round one, but then had a strong second round, shooting 76, while Christensen shot 78 for a 36-hole score of 152.
Hastings competed in a field of 15 golfers from the U.S., Germany, Norway, Australia, Panama, Russia, Guatemala, China and the Netherlands.
The win earns Justin a guaranteed spot at the prestigious IMG Academy Junior World Golf Championships in San Diego in July. These championships will be the largest junior golf tournament in the world, drawing 1,400 players from 80 countries around the world, according to a press release.
Justin was pleased with his performance. “Coming into the weekend, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew this was a strong field and a tough course, so winning an event like this really gives me confidence to play at an international level in the future,” he said.
This will be the first year that the Cayman Islands are represented at the Junior World Golf Championships. Aaron Jarvis, 14, is also expected to qualify based on his recent performances in major junior competitions in Florida and California, the press release states.
Cayman Islands Golf Association President, Paul Woodhouse said he is very pleased with the development of the junior program in Cayman. “These young golfers continue to raise the bar each time they step up to the tee in these international tournaments. It is exciting to follow their progress and to see them inspire a large group of younger golfers who are eager to follow in their footsteps.”
For full tournament results and more details about CIGA junior and senior events, go to www.ciga.ky.