Whitney, Thomas, Hunter lead pack with three-way tie

By Sports Desk May 16, 2019

Top-ranked Tom Whitney was off to a fast start on the opening day of the BMW Jamaica Classic PGA but settled for a share of the lead in a three-way tie with Stephen Thomas and Hunter Hamrick, at the par-72 Cinnamon Hill Golf Course on Thursday. 

The trio all shot a 65 to top a congested leaderboard, which saw seven players shoot at -6 to tie for fourth place, a single stroke off the pace.  The list includes Americans Evan Harmeling, Chase Johnson and Brian Hughes with Argentina’s Augusto Nunez, the Spanish pair of Mario Galliano and Mario Beltran and Chile’s Mito Pereira.

The in-form Whitney, the Tour’s Order of Merit leader, made eight birdies and a bogey, while paired with Hamrick, who is making only his second start of the year after finishing 57th on the 2018 Order of Merit.

For the Caribbean Trinidad and Tobago’s Talin Rajendranath finished at the top of the pile, finishing a respectable shooting a 70 to be tied for 46th.  Next up was Wan Ju Lee who finished another three strokes back and tied for 99th on the leaderboard.  Chris Richards, another T&T national, shot 75 the same as Jamaican Ian Facey with Justin Burrowes another two strokes behind at 77.  Matthew Marquez (79) and Orville Christie (80) rounded off the Caribbean competitors on the first day.



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