Strong junior team for Caribbean championships

Photo: Back row: Coach Brad DeSchiffert, Joe Purton, Derek Peene, Aaron Jarvis, Justin Hastings, Joe Ribbins, Coach Tom Dwyer. Front row: Andy Hastings, James Bould, Lauren Needham, Holly McLean; Absent: Andrew Jarvis

A strong team has been selected to represent the Cayman Islands at the 2017 Junior Caribbean Golf Championships in Trinidad and Tobago this summer.

Headlining the team is the recent winner of the Cayman Islands Amateur Championship, Justin Hastings, the Jarvis brothers – Andrew and Aaron, and Holly McLean.

Justin Hastings

Hastings and Aaron Jarvis has been doing well on the Future Collegians World Tour in the United States.

The squad was recently announced by the Cayman Islands Golf Association (CIGA) after junior golfers played in four qualifying rounds, two at North Sound Golf Club and two at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club. The cumulative top three of four scores for each golfer determined the qualification.

“CIGA is very pleased to be sending a full boys team to these Championships for the first time, and is encouraged with the continued development of the girls’ program,” said a CIGA statement.

In the Boys 16-19 age division, Andrew Jarvis, Joe Purton and Joe Ribbins will represent Cayman at these Championships.  Aaron Jarvis and Derek Peene qualified for the Boys 14-15 and will be joined by James Bould, who will play up an age group to round out the full 3-member team.

Holly McLean

In the 11-13 age group, Justin Hastings, who took a commanding lead in the qualifiers, will be joined by his younger brother, Andy, in this division.  The final spot for this age group was the most highly contested with four golfers vying for one spot to represent Cayman alongside Justin. With only a few strokes separating the pack, in the final round Andy Hastings pulled ahead of James Bould, Todd Purton and Tom Dickens to earn his place on the Boys 11-13 team.

In the Girls 11-13 division, Holly McLean and Lauren Needham placed first and second, respectively, earning them each a place on the team that will represent the Cayman Islands in Trinidad.

The Caribbean Championships will be hosted by Trinidad from 4-7 July.


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