Jamaica open strong but Puerto Rico leads 4-ball championships

By October 10, 2019

Jamaica got off to a good start to the Caribbean Golf Association Four-Ball Championships on Wednesday but Puerto Rico leads heading into play on Friday.

Puerto Rico, with 22 points led Jamaica by one point.

The Bahamas comes next with 13 while the Cayman Islands, 11; Barbados, 10, and Trinidad & Tobago, 6, complete the top-five spots.

 Meanwhile, the US Virgin Islands, 5, and Turks & Caicos Islands, 4 points, follow.

 The 54-hole championships are being played at the PGA National Resort & Spa at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and is scheduled to end on Saturday.

 Jamaica’s two-man team of Sean Morris and Dr Mark Newnham, who are vying for the Francis & Steel-Perkins Trophy for Men 50 and over, posted the best score of all the golfers on the course. 

 They ended round one on a seven-under-par 65 that included four birdies and a bogey that came on the front nine.  Puerto Rico shot a two-under-par 70 for the next best score in that category.

“It gives us a good feeling getting off to a good start, especially with the weather forecast predicted for the area and it could become possible to use a 36-hole score to determine the winner in the event that the 54-hole tournament gets cut to 36 holes,” said Morris. 

“We played solid golf all day and were rewarded with eight birdies.  Playing a challenging course such as this at seven-under-par definitely gives us a shot in the arm heading into day two.  Conditions were tough out there being so wet and the swirling winds."

 Meanwhile, two other Jamaican teams were in first place in their respective age groups.

 In the contest for the Maria Nunes Trophy for Ladies 35 and over, Jodi Munn-Barrow and Alison Raid scored an eight-over-par 80 to lead Puerto Rico, who shot an 83.

 Michelle Gabay and Maggie Lyn lead in the battle for the Dessie Henry Trophy having shot an 81. Trinidad and Tobago were one stroke behind on 82.

 In the Higgs and Higgs Trophy for men 60 and over, Michael Boyd and Bert Tomlinson, who shot a 78 trail Barbados by a single stroke.

 

 

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