Digicel Jr Golf Series heating up

Junior golfers completed round two of six in the Digicel Junior Golf Series on 11 December.  The 18-hole groups played a Stableford format in this round, where points are scored based on the number of shots relative to par taken on each hole, rather than counting the total number of strokes taken in the round.  This format also took handicaps into account with lower handicap golfers giving strokes to higher handicap golfers on certain holes.

In this format, Derek Peene took the lead in round two for the senior boys (white tees) with 37 points, ahead of Aaron Jarvis and Joe Purton who both scored 31 points.  In the junior boys 18-hole division (red tees), James Bould finished first with 32 points, just edging out Andy Hastings with 30 points and Tom Dickens followed in third place.

In the girls’ division, Holly McLean leads round two with 34 points, closely followed by Lauren Needham with 31 points and Lily Marsh played her first tournament taking the top spot in the girls’ 9-hole division.

The boys 9-hole group followed a stroke play format and had a very strong showing with nine-year-old, Sam McLean, taking first place with a 43.  Second and third place were awarded on a count-back with Luke Dodson taking 2nd and Zach Brooks 3rd, both shooting 44 for nine holes.

While many sports programs are winding down for the holidays, junior golfers are just gearing up for more competition.

Justin Hastings will compete in the IMG Junior World Championships – Florida Challenge from 12-15 December. He tees off with Alavid Melo Iturralde from Mexico and Tiger Christensen from Germany in round one on 14 December.  This is a 54-hole individual stroke play competition that attracts 200 of the best junior golfers from over 30 countries around the world.

From 18-23 December, 12 junior golfers will play at the Doral Publix Junior Golf Classic in Miami, representing Cayman in age groups form 8-9 through to 16-18.  This tournament draws over 600 junior golfers from around the world.

The Digicel series and the junior team qualifiers will continue back in Cayman in January.


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