Cayman’s men are Caribbean champions

The Cayman Islands national men’s golf team completed an historic feat Friday, 3 August, when they lifted the Hoerman Cup for the first time after defeating seven other teams at the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships at North Sound Golf Club.

Impressive rounds by Payten Wight and teenager Aaron Jarvis, who both went under par on the final day, propelled the hosts to the six-stroke victory over defending champions Dominican Republic.

Cayman finished with a four-day combined score of +19, with the Dominican Republic back at +24, and Trinidad and Tobago third with +27.

Jarvis followed up a sublime 68 (-3) on the penultimate day with 70 (-1) in the final round. Wight also had a commanding finish of 69 (-2) on the final day to see the local pair finish in a three-way tie for their in the individual competition with Gustavo Betances of the Dominican Republic at +3 through four days of play.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Wan Joo Lee was the men’s individual winner, going five under par over after four rounds, with Puerto Rico’s Max Alverio shooting even par throughout the tournament.

Cayman had three other players in the top 20: Brian Ross (T7) at +7, Andrew Jarvis 10th at +8, and Justin Hastings (T17) with +17. Phillip Wight, who was a last minute substitute for his brother, Michael, finished at +25 in 35th.

A total of 47 golfers from eight teams participated in the men’s event.

Meantime, the women’s team of Nitti Howe, Holly Mclean, Isabel Mendes, and Emily Ribbins finished sixth in the race for the George Teal Trophy. Puerto Rico were crowned champions, with Dominican Republic second and Trinidad and Tobago third.

Mclean was 15th on the individual leaderboard with a four-day total of 318, Ribbins was one spot back with 327, Nitti Howe was tied for 17th with 331, and Isabel Mendes 19th with 332.

A total of 23 golfers from seven teams participated in the women’s event.

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