With LAAC win, Jarvis becomes the first Cayman Islands golfer to ever compete in The Masters and The Open Championship
Surrounded by friends and family on the 18th green, Jarvis held his breath as he dodged one player after another trying to force a playoff with the 19-year-old Caymanian. The final competitor on the course, Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira, faced a similar putt to the one Jarvis holed for birdie on the last to secure the clubhouse lead. Mateo’s eagle putt lipped out. Jarvis and crew exploded into excitement as a wave of emotion rushed over him. Aaron Jarvis’ life just changed.
Aaron Jarvis, a bubbly, energetic kid from the Caribbean, joined the Leadbetter Golf Academy in August 2019. In 2017, Leadbetter Golf Academy’s Txema Sanchez, Sean Hogan, and Brett Meyer traveled to the Cayman Islands to host multiple clinics, assisting the Junior Golf Development program in the Cayman Islands where they would initially meet Aaron. Jarvis recalls, “The Leadbetter Academy coaches that came down to Cayman as part of the program really helped my game. I learned a lot from the sessions, and it gave me the opportunity to attend the Academy on a full-time basis.”
With an easygoing, Caribbean mindset Aaron came to LJGA with a passion for the game and a hard work ethic. He spent two years at the Academy where he recorded multiple wins including three World Amateur-ranked events including the South Florida PGA Junior Open at The Naples Beach Resort & Golf Club. Jarvis worked alongside his longtime coach, and LGA Senior Instructor, Zach Parker to help refine his game and eventually secure a scholarship to UNLV. He will be the first amateur golfer from UNLV to play The Masters as an Amateur since Ryan Moore in 2015.
“Words can’t express how proud we are of Aaron. The growth we’ve seen in him both as a golfer and as a young man over the last three years has been unreal. That growth is a result of his hard work, discipline, and most of all his daily effort. His willingness to embrace adversity was on full display this week and as a coach, I truly couldn’t be prouder of how he handled his emotions and used the adversity he faced to help him go deeper into dominating the things within his control,” says Parker on Aaron’s win. “Seeing him make his goals and dreams a reality this week was phenomenal yet seeing him every day earn his swagger, self-belief, and future success is truly what makes Aaron such an awesome young man.”
“I can’t even put this into words. What a day,” Jarvis said, according to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN). “It means the world to me. The opportunity to go to the Masters, the British Open. There’s no young golfer who doesn’t dream of anything but going to those tournaments.”
Jarvis was ranked 1699 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking before he teed off on Thursday. On Sunday, he grabbed the clubhouse lead with a birdie on the last, recording four birdies on the back nine. Jarvis recorded rounds of 70-69-73-69 to finish at a 7-under total of 218.
With this win, he is the first Caymanian to compete in The Masters and The Open Championship. Congratulations, Aaron!
“I can’t even put this into words. What a day”— Aaron Jarvis
“I have coached TK since he was 8 years old and even at that age, he had that ‘X’ factor,” says David Leadbetter. “His performances in Thailand in professional events have been amazing, to say the least, and this was TK‘s first professional event outside of Thailand. He is playing in the Singapore Open this week and then has an invite to the Saudi Open where a lot of the world’s leading players are playing. A name to keep an eye on for the future TK!”
Best of luck to TK has been invited to play in Saudi Open and will compete against some of the top players in the world.