Cayman’s men take early lead at 2018 CAGC

Cayman’s men’s national team held a narrow edge over defending champions Dominican Republic after one day of play at the 2018 Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships at the North Sound Golf Club on Tuesday, 31 July.

The Cayman Islands ended the opening round on 291 combined strokes (+7), two ahead of the Dominican Republic, with Puerto Rico an additional two shots back in the race for the Hoerman Cup.

Payten Wight and Brian Ross, each at one over par for 72, led the way for the home team and sat tied for fourth on the individual leaderboard. Justin Hastings shot 73, Aaron Jarvis 74, Andrew Jarvis 75, and Michael Wight 78.

Puerto Rico’s Max Alverio had the best round of the day with a -2 (69), followed by Gustavo Betances of the Dominican Republic one stroke back. They were the only two players under par. Jamaica’s William Knibbs shot an even 71.

On the women’s side, playing for the George Teal Trophy, Puerto Rico led the way with 145 (+1), nine ahead of the Dominican Republic and 14 ahead of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Cayman Islands team sat back in sixth position with 163 (+21). The Team Cayman individual scores on day one were: Emily Ribbins (81), Holly Mclean (82), Nitti Howe (83), and Isabel Mendes (88).

Puerto Rico’s Johany Rivera at an even par 71 led the women’s field.

The tournament, which runs until 3 August, was declared open by Sports Councillor David Wight at a ceremony the previous evening. He acknowledged the growth of the sport in recent years.

“Golf has really grown as a sport and it has had positive impact on not only tourism in the Cayman Islands but also provided access to scholarships for our youth. I am extremely proud to know our junior golfers were recently declared champions in the Caribbean and we hope to continue to develop the talent contained within our country,” he said.

The Cayman Islands last hosted the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships in 2008.

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