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Cayman to send first golfer to Masters & Open

Aaron Jarvis is set to make history for the Cayman Islands as the first golfer to attend the Masters & Open tournaments under the country flag.

Aaron Jarvis wins the Latin America Amateur Championship

Aaron Jarvis will be the first Cayman Islands golfer to attend the Masters at Augusta National and the British Open at St Andrews after he made birdie on the 18th hole, to reach seven under par and win the 2022 Latin America Amateur Championship (LAAC) in the Dominican Republic on Sunday January 23.

This is according to Loop Caribbean News.

"I can't even put this into words. What a day,"

the 19-year-old said on Sunday after he made birdie on the final hole for a three-under 69 and a one-shot victory in a tense ending on Sunday at Casa de Campo's Teeth of the Dog course, where he competed against the top junior golfers in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

"It means the world to me. The opportunity to go to the Masters, The Open - there's no young golfer who doesn't dream of anything but going to those tournaments,"

said Jarvis, who is also exempt into the final stage of US Open qualifying.

Jarvis finished strongly on the first day, tying 11th out of 102 players, achieving two under par in Round One of the four-day tournament.

During Round Two, he climbed up the leader board to tie third with the round of three under, totaling five under par.

He ended round 3 one over par, placing him sixth by this point.

In the final round, Jarvis managed to take the lead, rounding off the LAAC with a thrilling win.

Jarvis, speaking to Cayman Sport buzz, said a number of college scouts have been impressed with his performance.

“Because of my play this summer, I’ve gotten a lot of offers and interests, even from the bigger schools in Florida. But I’ve committed to UNLV in Vegas.”

Jarvis added,

“I know they have an amazing golf programme there and players who have gone through the programme and gone to the (PGA) tour, you know they’ve had a lot of success. And they gave me an amazing scholarship and offer so it’s gonna be amazing man. I’m looking forward to it.”

Jarvis' last amateur victory came at the end of 2020 at the CIGA Christmas Match Play Invitational in the Cayman Islands. Before that he won the South Florida Junior Open and the 54-Hole Junior Open at Celebration. (Loop Caribbean News, Cayman Sport buzz)

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