Cayman finishes 3rd at Caribbean championships

The Cayman Islands matched its best ever away finish at the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships with third place in the 2017 edition of the tournament hosted in the Dominican Republic from 1-4 August.

The team of Justin Hastings, Aaron Jarvis, Andrew Jarvis, Brian Ross, Michael Wight and Payten Wight finished behind regional powerhouses Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico; with the Bahamas and Trinidad & Tobago rounding out the top five in the Hoerman Cup competition.

Cayman’s best finish was second when it hosted the tournament in 2008.

Entering the final round on Friday, the third-place team finish was all but secured but the golfers still had work to do with windy conditions and softer greens due to overnight rain.

Justin Hastings, who at 13 years-old was the youngest player at the Championships, capped off an amazing Hoerman Cup debut with more steady golf to shoot his lowest round of the week with a 73. Payten Wight got off to a fast start and kept the round going steady to finish with a solid score of 74.

The Jarvis brothers also shot 74 each, with 14-year-old Aaron battling back after being three over par through three holes to finish the round three over par. Michael Wight and Brian Ross both shot 77 on the final round.

Hastings was eighth on the leaderboard at the end. Michael Wight was 14th, Aaron Jarvis 15th, Andrew Jarvis in a three-way tie for 17th, Payten Wight 21st and Brian Ross tied for 26th.

“The team are all happy with the final result after a good performance by all. It’s a long, high pressured week of golf, extremely demanding both physically and mentally and it’s very easy to lose focus or get down on yourself. Special thanks go to Erick Fowler, Team Coach and Director of Golf at North Sound Golf Club for his invaluable role in keeping spirits and morale up and working so supportively with everyone to make this one of the best week’s ever in Cayman golf history,” said Cayman Islands Golf Association (CIGA) president, Paul Woodhouse.

“A final thanks also to our generous uniform sponsors Eats/Legendz/Yoshi and RSM and to the teams at North Sound Golf Club and The Ritz Carlton Golf Club for all their considerable support in the running of the National Team Qualifiers and specifically for these Championships,” he added.

The CIGA now turns its focus on hosting the championships in 2018.

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