2022 Results

Aaron Jarvis Claims Victory after an Exhilarating Finish

La Romana, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Aaron Jarvis of Cayman Islands pictured at the 2022 Latin America Amateur Championship at Casa de Campo Resort during Trophy Presentation on January 23rd, 2022. (Photo by Enrique Berardi/LAAC)

Date: January 20-23, 2022
Venue: Teeth of the Dog, Casa De Campo, Dominican Republic
Par: 36-36-72
Length: 7,210 yards
Opened: 1971

Aaron Jarvis made history for the Cayman Islands when he secured a memorable triumph in the 2022 Latin America Amateur Championship (LAAC) at Casa de Campo.

The 19-year-old posted a final round of three-under-par 69 to finish on seven under par for the championship and secure a one-stroke victory over a chasing pack of Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira and Vicente Marzilio of Argentina, Brazil’s Fred Biondi and Santiago De la Fuente of Mexico.

Jarvis secures a place in the 2022 Masters Tournament, The 150th Open at St Andrews, The 127th Amateur Championship, the U.S. Amateur Championship and the final stages of qualifying for the 2022 U.S. Open.

Each of the chasing pack had chances to finish on seven under but a missed birdie putt from close range on the 18th green proved particularly costly for De la Fuente, and Marzilio failed to hole his eagle putt from around 12 feet, while Biondi will rue a bogey 5 on the 17th.

Jarvis showed great resilience to bounce back from a bogey and double-bogey on Nos. 8 and 9 with four birdies on the back nine and was able to afford a dropped shot when he found the water on the par-3 16th.

“Honestly, I can’t even get the words out,” said the elated seventh champion of the LAAC.

“I just tried to get myself to have some good birdie looks and they went in. I was in a comfortable position because there wasn’t much pressure. I knew all the cameras were going to be with the other groups,” said Jarvis, currently ranked at 1,669 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR).

Jarvis’ win against players from more established and much larger golfing nations is a huge result for the Cayman Islands, which has a population of 71,000 and just 27 holes of golf on the three islands.

“Aaron has continuously improved at every level during his golf career. He has the strength and power to play at the highest level and he complements those characteristics with a contagious work ethic,” said A.J. McInerney, his assistant coach at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas.

Jarvis’ previous best round at the LAAC was a 73 in the second round at Casa de Campo in 2019, where he missed the cut. His older brother Andrew also represented Cayman Islands at the 2019 and 2021 LAAC. “Not in my wildest dreams did I imagine this,” said his proud father, Robin Jarvis.

Biondi led for much of the final round having come from 10 strokes back in the third round to be one off the lead coming into today, but couldn’t quite maintain his excellent form on the closing holes.

“It’s a great experience, and yeah, I am upset. I think I am definitively good enough to win and I just could not get the job done,” he said.

De la Fuente focused on the positives after coming so close to securing a playoff place with Jarvis. “I’m happy with my tournament. I could have done more but there’s no reason to blame that one putt on 18. A lot of other putts throughout the day could have dropped,” he said.

Fernández de Oliveira, the recent winner of the South American Amateur and the highest ranked player in the LAAC field at 38th in the world, shot a bogey-free last round of four under to finish one stroke short of the winner. “I feel like I played pretty good this week. I gave myself a chance, which is what I was looking for,” he said.

Four players from the University of Arkansas golf team finished under par: Fernández de Oliveira (-6), Colombian Juan Camilo Vesga (-2), Peruvian Julián Périco (-2), and Argentine Segundo Oliva Pinto (-1).

Jarvis is the first LAAC champion from the Caribbean and the seventh after the victories of Chileans Matías Domínguez (2015), Toto Gana (2016) and Joaquín Niemann (2018), as well as Costa Rican Paul Chaplet (2017) and Mexican Álvaro Ortiz (2019), who both won at Casa de Campo. Argentina’s Abel Gallegos, the winner in 2020, finished T-12 in the 2022 championship at one-under-par 287.

2022 Results

Pos Name Cty Num To par Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Rnd 4 Total
1 Aaron Jarvis CAY 69 -7 70 69 73 69 281
T2 Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira ARG 7 -6 69 72 73 68 282
T2 Vicente Marzilio ARG 101 -6 68 71 72 71 282
T2 Fred Biondi BRA 24 -6 70 75 65 72 282
T2 Santiago De la Fuente MEX 81 -6 72 67 72 71 282
6 Roberto Nieves PUR 95 -5 66 73 70 74 283
T7 Andrey Borges BRA 88 -4 68 74 73 69 284
T7 Benjamin Saiz-Wenz CHI 87 -4 69 72 72 71 284
T9 Juan Camilo Vesga COL 23 -2 70 73 71 72 286
T9 Julian Perico PER 86 -2 69 66 80 71 286
T9 Jeronimo Esteve PUR 15 -2 69 72 75 70 286
T12 Abel Gallegos ARG 85 -1 70 69 78 70 287
T12 Segundo Oliva Pinto ARG 90 -1 66 72 73 76 287
T12 Isaac Rodea MEX 3 -1 73 74 68 72 287
T15 Gabriel Morgan Birke CHI 11 Even 71 71 70 76 288
T15 Virgilio Paz Valdes VEN 94 Even 69 72 75 72 288
T17 Lukas Roessler CHI 49 +1 74 74 74 67 289
T17 Alejandro Fierro MEX 28 +1 71 72 76 70 289
19 Aram Yenidjeian ARG 31 +2 74 71 72 73 290
T20 Juan Martín Loureiro ARG 97 +3 75 75 73 68 291
T20 Arnaldo Acosta PAR 35 +3 75 74 69 73 291
T22 Justin Hastings CAY 5 +4 74 75 70 73 292
T22 Paul Chaplet CRC 89 +4 73 77 72 70 292
T22 Omar Tejeira Jaén PAN 8 +4 73 75 76 68 292
25 Martín León CHI 36 +5 68 78 75 72 293
26 Juan Cayro Delgado DOM 1 +6 78 70 68 78 294
T27 Lucas Park BRA 26 +7 76 74 70 75 295
T27 Ben Cohn ECU 102 +7 74 76 77 68 295
29 Camilo Avila BOL 58 +8 77 72 74 73 296
T30 Carlos Rodriguez COL 20 +9 72 76 74 75 297
T30 Daniel Faccini COL 63 +9 70 77 76 74 297
T30 Enrique Valverde DOM 67 +9 76 72 75 74 297
T30 Erick Morales PUR 62 +9 76 70 80 71 297
T34 Rhadames Pena DOM 18 +10 70 78 74 76 298
T34 Justin Burrowes JAM 30 +10 74 72 74 78 298
T34 Luis Carrera MEX 9 +10 73 72 76 77 298
T34 Yadhu Urs LCA 44 +10 73 75 76 74 298
T34 Gabriel Vanososte TTO 29 +10 72 74 76 76 298
T39 Andy Schönbaum ARG 53 +11 75 75 77 72 299
T39 Jose Vega COL 16 +11 76 74 71 78 299
T41 José Islas MEX 100 +12 72 76 82 70 300
T41 Pablo Juan Carrere URU 27 +12 79 71 78 72 300
T43 Manuel Lozada ARG 17 +13 72 76 80 73 301
T43 José Miguel Ramírez VEN 52 +13 73 77 70 81 301
T45 Miguel Ordoñez PAN 22 +14 73 75 80 74 302
T45 Sachin Kumar TTO 84 +14 72 73 79 78 302
T47 Héctor Ortega PAR 13 +15 75 74 70 84 303
T47 Erich Fortlage Arce PAR 39 +15 74 76 72 81 303
T47 Kurt Rivers TCA 73 +15 77 72 76 78 303
50 Kevin Donegan O’Connell ISV 74 +17 75 75 77 78 305
51 Gabriel Palacios GUA 96 +18 73 73 74 86 306
52 Julio Rios Brache DOM 57 +20 73 77 78 80 308
53 Ezequiel Cabrera PAR 78 +21 73 75 81 80 309
T54 Simon Proverbs BAR 4 +7 74 77 151
T54 Jarryd Dillas BER 71 +7 72 79 151
T54 Gustavo Rangel PUR 2 +7 74 77 151
T57 Renato Naula ECU 32 +8 74 78 152
T57 Alejandro Villavicencio GUA 10 +8 74 78 152
T57 Miguel Leal GUA 76 +8 76 76 152
T57 Pablo Andrés Lacayo NCA 75 +8 74 78 152
T57 Alejandro Ramos PER 91 +8 77 75 152
T57 Eduardo Galdos PER 33 +8 76 76 152
T63 Jose Luis Vargas BOL 82 +9 77 76 153
T63 Rodrigo Sanchez DOM 40 +9 80 73 153
T63 Santiago Quintero VEN 12 +9 74 79 153
T66 Guilherme Grinberg BRA 93 +10 78 76 154
T66 Matheus Park BRA 55 +10 79 75 154
T66 Alvaro Ortiz CRC 25 +10 75 79 154
T66 Marcel Olivares DOM 98 +10 78 76 154
T66 Pedro Baek PAR 92 +10 74 80 154
T71 Javier Correa ECU 68 +11 78 77 155
T71 Rodrigo Sol ESA 38 +11 78 77 155
T71 Erik Plenge PER 21 +11 78 77 155
T71 Miguel Reyes URU 99 +11 78 77 155
75 Xzavier Wiggins BAR 70 +12 80 76 156
T76 Heathcliffe Kane BAH 65 +13 79 78 157
T76 Daniel Medellin COL 50 +13 79 78 157
T76 Sebastian Barnoya GUA 34 +13 80 77 157
T76 Pablo Castellanos GUA 54 +13 77 80 157
T76 Daniel Cano Martínez PAR 56 +13 76 81 157
T76 Franco Martinez URU 61 +13 80 77 157
82 Nicolas Tobon CRC 41 +14 79 79 158
T83 Jose Ignacio Cordero CRC 14 +15 80 79 159
T83 Jean-Philippe Mehu HAI 47 +15 75 84 159
T83 William Knibbs JAM 45 +15 84 75 159
T83 Luis A. Martínez VEN 6 +15 81 78 159
87 Jean Louis Ducruet PAN 80 +17 76 85 161
88 Juan Ricardo Davila Bone GUA 72 +18 79 83 162
T89 Philippe Thorin ECU 19 +19 82 81 163
T89 Félix Domínguez VEN 60 +19 78 85 163
T91 Felipe Odio CRC 37 +21 78 87 165
T91 Ricardo Méndez VEN 83 +21 81 84 165
T91 Diego Neira VEN 79 +21 79 86 165
T94 Joaquín Guerrero ECU 59 +22 92 74 166
T94 Tino Flores ESA 51 +22 83 83 166
T94 Ernesto Marin NCA 66 +22 85 81 166
97 Kenny Leseur BER 77 +23 89 78 167
98 Paolo Forcellini Arévalo COL 42 +24 90 78 168
99 Juan Carlos Milla HON 64 +27 86 85 171
100 Nicolas Beaubrun LCA 46 +29 89 84 173
101 José Fúnez HON 48 +38 88 94 182
102 Joseph A. Sibilly Jr. ISV 43 +44 95 93 188