Hot start for golfers at Caribbean Championships

Andrew Jarvis of the Cayman Islands hits a tee shot on the opening day. Image courtesy CIGA.

The 63rd Annual Caribbean Golf Championships teed off at the Links Golf Course, Casa de Campo, in the Dominican Republic on 2 July 2019, with seven countries participating: Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago.

Last year’s winning men’s team from Cayman Islands, in hopes to retain the Hoerman Cup, had a strong showing in the first round tying in the lead position with the Dominican Republic team.  

Cayman’s Andrew Jarvis leads the field in the men’s division with a 3-under 68. Payten Wight was tied third after the opening round with 1-over 72. Justin Hastings shot +5 (76), Aaron Jarvis +7 (78), Cameron Leitch +9 (80) and Barry Daly +10 (81).

The Puerto Rican ladies team, who seem determined to take home the George Teale Trophy for a fourth time, are currently tied with Team Trinidad and Tobago. Valeria Pacheco, individual winner in the Ladies division last year, is off to a good start with 2-under 69. The Cayman Islands were in seventh position at the bottom of the standings.

Holly McLean produced the best round for the Cayman ladies with a 3-over 74 and was tied fifth after the first day. Lauren Needham was tied 21st with a 15-over 86. Cayman’s ladies team is made up of a pair of junior players.

The CAGC culminates on Friday, 5 July.

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