Impressive play in Digicel Junior Golf Series

Aaron Jarvis (file photo) shot an impressive 4-under par 67.

There were some impressive performances by some of the island’s brightest prospects during the fifth round of the Digicel Junior Golf Series on Sunday, 26 March.

Twenty-three junior golfers competed in four categories earning awards for their performance on the day and accumulating points towards the overall series championship.

Aaron Jarvis, fresh off a third-place performance at the amateur championships, shot an impressive 4-under par 67 to win the boys 18-hole division. As a scratch golfer, he did so without the benefit of a handicap reduction.

Tom Dickens followed in second with a net 71 and freshly crowned amateur champion Justin Hastings tied with Todd Purton on 72. Third place awarded to Purton on the count back.

Eight boys played in the nine-hole division which was scored on a gross basis, with no deductions for handicaps.

Danny Lyne continued to rack up points in the series, not only winning the round with an impressive 39, but also earning hardware for longest drive and closest to the pin.  Zachary Garnett took second place with a 44, followed by Luke Dodson and Ben Croucher, both shooting 45.  Third place was awarded to Dodson on a count-back.

Tabitha Hawkins out of the sand on hole 9 to take the lead in the girls’ 9-hole division

The format of the girl’s 18-hole division was also scored on a net basis with Lauren Needham shooting an incredible 10-under par 61, after handicap deduction, to win this division by a landslide.  In the girls 9-hole division, Tabitha earned top honours with a one stroke lead over Beth Walton.

Digicel’s Chief Executive Officer, Martin Bould, presented the awards and congratulated the golfers on their performance.

“The format of the Digicel Junior Series encourages all of the juniors to come out and play.  The tournaments alternate among gross and net stroke play and stableford formats giving these golfers a chance to measure their skills against the best in Cayman, while also allowing them challenge the top dogs in the more equitable net and stableford formats,” said Mr Bould.

Digicel CEO, Martin Bould, presents Lauren Needham with 1st place trophy in the girls’ 18-hole division

The juniors will be back out on the course on 2 April for Cayman’s Junior Masters Tournament – a stroke play, 18-hole tournament that will be hosted at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club.

The sixth and final round of the Digicel Junior Series will take place on Sunday 28 May at North Sound Golf Club.

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