Jarvis and Mclean win at Caribbean Juniors

Holly Mclean and Aaron Jarvis with their trophies from their respective divisions.

Aaron Jarvis and Holly Mclean returned as champions in their respective age divisions when seven of Cayman’s top junior golfers traveled to St. Catherines, Jamaica for the 2018 Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships played from July 3-6 and hosted by the Caymanas Golf Club.

Five boys and two girls from the Cayman Islands competed in three age divisions, each playing 54 holes over three days on a spectacular par 72 course that challenged competitors with narrow fairways surrounded by rainforest, with numerous elevation changes and fast greens, a press release states.

In the Boys 11-13 Division, playing 5813 yards, Andrew Hastings shot +11 over par 83 in round 1, placing T5 while Todd Purton shot +17 which placed him T17.

In the Boys 14-15 Division, playing 6,125 yards, Aaron Jarvis was in the lead after the first round with an impressive 2 under par 70 with Justin Hastings shooting 79 to place T7. Tom Dickens battled hard and ended up in 16th place after scoring 85.

Holly Mclean and Lauren Needham ended round one in second and fourth position respectively in the Girls 11-13 Division, on a 5502 yard course. Holly shot 83 while Lauren shot 87

At the end of round two, Aaron moved down into second place in his division on a difficult windy day after a 79, with Kevin Rodriguez of Dominican Republic taking the lead by 2 shots, while Justin shot a solid 74 and moved up into fourth place, six shots off the lead. Holly Mclean wrapped up round two leading her division following an impressive 81 score.

After the 3rd and final round, Andrew Hastings finished in T5 after shooting 84 and Todd Purton finished T10 in the Boys 11-13 Division.

Aaron Jarvis shot an even par 72 in the final round, finishing tied in first place with Diego Saavedra of Puerto Rico. He was 4 shots back with 4 holes to play, but shot 2 under through those last 4 holes, to end up as Boys 14-15 Division Co-Champion. Justin Hastings placed fifth with a solid 76 and Tom Dickens finished in 12th place after shooting 81, his best round of the week 81.

Holly Mclean won the Girls 11-13 Division Championship shooting a consistent 82 in her final round and winning by 9 shots. Lauren Needham, playing in her first Caribbean Junior Championships, finished in 5th place after a best 87.

“We are incredibly proud of all our juniors this week – strong personal accomplishments across the board and Cayman winners in two of three flights where we were represented,” said Cayman Islands Golf Association president Paul Woodhouse.

“We’ve come a long way in only five years since our junior programme really got off the ground and with some very promising juniors still too young to even play in these Championships the future for Cayman junior golf is very exciting,” he added.

Aaron Jarvis and Holly Mclean will be representing the Cayman Islands at The Junior Open from 16-18 July at St. Andrews, Scotland. Justin and Andrew Hastings will be at IMG Junior World Championships in Carlsbad, CA from 10-12 July 2018.


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