Cayman men 3rd, women 7th at C’bean championships

The Cayman Islands have ended the 2019 Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships in the Dominican Republic with a third-place finish for the men, while the women’s team finished at the back of the pack in their competition.

Cayman rallied in the final round to finish 3rd in the race for the Hoerman Cup, which they won on home soil a year earlier. They were behind hosts and 2019 winners Dominican Republic and runners-up, Puerto Rico.

The hosts finished with a four-day combined stroke total of 1,153 behind solid play from Juan Jose Guerra, Juan Delgado, and Enrique Valverde, who took the top three spots on the individual leaderboard respectively. Puerto Rico were 20 strokes back.

The Cayman Islands, who leapfrogged Jamaica after sitting fourth with one round to go, ended with a combined total of 1,201. Andrew Jarvis was Cayman’s best performer and finished tied for fourth with Jamaica’s William Knibbs on 290, after rounds of 68, 77, 75 and 70. Justin Hastings shot a four-round total of 300 for a T13 finish, with Payten Wight a stroke behind in 15th. Aaron Jarvis was T25th (313) and Barry Daly 27th (314). Cameron Leitch was 42nd (345).

Meantime, the pair of Holly McLean and Lauren Needham were 7th in a seven-team field led by Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Trinidad and Tobago.

McLean, with rounds of 74, 76, 81, and 84, finished in a three-way tie for 11th (315). Needham was 20th of 22 golfers on the individual leaderboard with 342 (86, 83, 83, and 90).

The championships were played at the Casa de Campo course on the Dominican Republic’s south coast from 30 June to 5 July.

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