Hastings 9th after opening round, Cayman 4th

Teenage golfer Justin Hastings had the Cayman Islands best opening round performance at the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday 1 August, cracking the top 10, as the team sat in fourth place.

The 13-year-old shot 74 strokes for a +3 finish in the first of four rounds. That placed Hastings in a five-way tie for 9th of 48 golfers from around the region. Trinidad and Tobago’s Sachin Kumar sat atop the leaderboard with a 2-under par 69.

Payten Wight was the next best of the Cayman golfers with a 76-stroke +5 and was in a four-way tie for 17th.

Andrew Jarvis, 18, shot 77 (+6) and was tied with two others in 21st place, while his younger brother, 14-year-old Aaron, was one stroke back in a three-way tie for 24th.

Michael Wight was tied with three golfers in 27th position, having shot an eight-over par 79. Brian Ross, who had a top-10 finish last year, was nine strokes over par with 80 strokes in the opening round.

Golfers battled with windy conditions and fast greens on day one.

In the team competition, Cayman is fourth behinds the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas; and ahead of Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados.

Cayman’s six golfer are back on the course with other top amateurs from across the Caribbean at The Links at Casa De Campo on Tuesday. The tournament continues until Friday.


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