South Africa’s Casey Jarvis was a key player in the 2016 Reid Trophy – and he’s come back to do the same this year.
He’s the first round leader of English U14 boys’ open championship, shooting four-under par 68 at Manchester Golf Club.
The leading English players are Tom Gregory (Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire) and Charlie Roper (The Berkshire) who are in a group of three players on one-under. Gregory (pictured), who was fifth in the U16 McGregor Trophy and has represented England at U16 level, was one under on the way home, while Roper was one under on the way out.
Jarvis, who celebrated his 14th birthday at the end of last month, was in the mix throughout last year’s championship and finished in a share of fifth place.
Today, he began his 2017 campaign in difficult, wet weather conditions – but it was hard to tell from his card. He was level par on the outward half, with one birdie and one bogey, and then came home in a sparkling four-under 31.
His back nine included an eagle and two birdies as he played the last six holes in four-under. “It was a really good finish, I was really happy,” said Jarvis. “I played really good today and hit a lot of greens.”
Over the past 12 months he’s been extending his golfing experience by playing in U19 events, rather than in his own age group, and he’s been achieving top 10 and 20 results. “It’s been real fun and good experience,” he said.
The leaderboard behind him is packed with international players. Ireland’s Joshua Hill and Finland’s Jesse Saareks are both three under; while Scotland’s Cameron Adam and another Irish player, Joseph Byrne, are two under.
After tomorrow’s second round the field will be cut to the leading 70 players and ties who will play the final 18 holes on the third day.
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