The British overseas territory of the Cayman Islands in the western Caribbean has only two golf facilities, but will be represented at St Andrews thanks to Jarvis’ dramatic victory at January’s Latin America Amateur Championship in the Dominican Republic.
Listed at 1,669th on the World Amateur Golf Rankings at the time, he had a nervous wait after a closing birdie four had set the target of seven under par on the Pete Dye-designed Teeth of the Dog course.
Three players followed him to the same green with the chance of at least forcing a play-off, but Mexican Santiago de la Fuente missed from three feet after his eagle attempt to reach eight under slid by, then Brazilian Fred Biondi, having bogeyed the 17th, could only par.
The title went to Jarvis when Argentina’s Vicente Marzilio saw his eagle putt from around 10 feet just fail. “I can’t even put it in words – it’s unbelievable and means the world to me,” said the 19-year-old, who received the trophy from R&A Chairman Ian Pattinson.
It also earned the University of Nevada Las Vegas freshman, whose older brother Andrew has also competed in the event, a start in April’s Masters.