Close finish in Cayman golf championships

From left, Richard Hastings, Payten Wight, Holly McLean and Tracy Moore

The Cayman Islands Golf Association teed off the year with its first major tournament, which featured a closely fought match in the men’s competition. The 28th National Amateur Championships, held at the North Sound Golf Club earlier this month, showcased Cayman’s best senior and junior golfers. The event comprised four championship divisions along with a separate handicap event for both men and women.

The men’s championship event has always been a closely contested one and this year was no exception. The first-round leader was Justin Hastings, who shot a 4-under-par 67. Aaron Jarvis and Payten Wight each shot rounds of 2-under-par 69. These three played together in the final group on Sunday, with the lead changing hands over the course of the round. Neck-and-neck with Wight late in the round, Hastings had a chance to pull even but narrowly missed the putt, leaving Wight to hole out and claim his second Cayman Islands Amateur Championships win after his 2018 victory.

Holly McLean returned from the Bahamas, where she attends the Albany Golf Academy, to defend her 2019 title. She backed up a very impressive 1-under-par round of 70 on the first day with a round of 73 on day two to retain the trophy.

Richard Hastings won in the seniors (50+) division, beating Jim Schubert, Paul Woodhouse and three-time senior champion, Scott Kapuscinski. The super senior (60+) champion from 2019, Tracy Moore, defended his title against a strong challenge from the field with the eventual runner-up Mick Whitworth. Dan Fortune took the men’s handicap division, and Rocio Esau earned the ladies title for the second year in a row.

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