Keen competition for national team spots

Payten Wight has had two rounds under par so far in qualifying.

Payten Wight continues to shine, as he leads the way with two rounds of qualifiers remaining to select the Cayman Islands team for the 2018 Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships to be played here in July. Meantime, the ladies race is starting to get competitive.

Wight was the only golfer under par over the last two rounds. He shot -2 (70) at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on 10 March, to follow a -1 (70) at North Sound Golf Club three weeks earlier.

The only other golfer to have a round under par is Payten’s father, David, who shot -2 (69) in the opening round in January. The elder Wight is second in the standings after being one of four golfers to shoot +4 (74) in the latest round.

Teenager, Aaron Jarvis is third in the standings behind the pair of Wights. He shot +3 (75) on 10 March. Brian Ross and the other Jarvis brother, Andrew, along with Giles Hobday are currently on pace to make the top six and be selected to the team.

14-year-old Justin Hastings had the second best score of +2 (74) in the latest round of the standings and is seventh overall, just on the outside looking in for the team to compete in the Hoerman Cup.

In all, 28 males have competed through the first four rounds.

Meantime, competition appears to be tight for the four ladies spots up for grabs to compete in the George Teal Cup. Junior players Lauren Needham and Holly McLean lead the way, with Emma Woodhouse in third.

However, Isabel Mendes, Nitti Howe and Emily Ribbins, who have only played two of three rounds are have been making a charge, turning in some of the better scores during their time on the course.

Ribbins and Mendes had the best score on 10 March with +11 (83), with McLean next with +12 (84).

Lauren Needham.

See qualifying standings here.

The next round of qualifying takes place on 14 April ahead of the climax on 28 April – both at North Sound Golf Club.

The Cayman Islands Golf Association hosts the 62nd Caribbean Amateur Golf Championship (CAGC) from the 30 July – 4 August at North Sound Golf Club.

Last year, Brian Ross, Justin Hastings, Aaron Jarvis, Andrew Jarvis, Michael Wight, and Payten Wight represented the Cayman Islands in the Dominican Republic where they finished third.

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