Teenager Shoots Incredible Round Of 59 In Sunshine Tour Event

Casey Jarvis fired a 59 that included two eagles and nine birdies as he set the joint Sunshine Tour scoring record

Casey Jarvis hits a tee shot in a pink shirt
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Casey Jarvis may be a name unfamiliar to some but on Saturday, at the Stella Artois Players Championship, an event on the Sunshine Tour, the South African put himself into the history books as he carded a round of 59!

It was a stunning performance from the 19-year-old, who duly tapped-in at the last for the magical number, something which has only been seen a handful of times on the professional circuit.

Firing a 13-under round, Jarvis was stood on the 18th tee with a chance of shooting a 57 but, after a par at the last, he would settle for a 59 and a huge jump up the leaderboard that left him second as play concluded on Saturday afternoon.

So, how did the round go exactly? Well, after parring the first, he then birdied the next seven holes, before then parring the ninth to close out the front nine with 29.

After the seven-under front nine, Jarvis birdied the 10th before a par at the 11th meant he would need a five-under total over the last eight holes to hit the 59 and, with an eagle at the 12th, it was most definitely on.

Jarvis hits a bunker shot with a pink shirt

Jarvis has two runner-up finishes on the Sunshine Tour

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A birdie then came at the 15th, with yet another eagle being added on the par 4 17th. Arguably, this was the highlight of the round, as the eagle was, in fact, a hole out at the 452-yard par 4. This meant that the par 5 18th was going to be a relatively stress-free one.

Faced with a chance of a 57, nerves were obviously there and, after missing a birdie chance, he tapped-in for an incredible round of 59 that tied the Sunshine Tour scoring record.

“I definitely didn’t wake up this morning thinking about a 59," explained Jarvis. "I haven’t been playing well leading up to this round but everything just went for me today. You get out there and the putts just start dropping.” 

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x