Jamaica rally to get maiden win at CGA four-ball championships

By October 14, 2019

Jamaica rallied from a three-point deficit on Friday to a convincing win at the Caribbean Golf Association Four-Ball Championships that concluded at the PGA National Resort & Spa at Palm Beach Gardens in Florida on Saturday.

Jamaica closed out the tournament with 66 points to Puerto Rico's 59, winning the Ambrose Gouthro Cup for the first time.

Jamaica won three of the five categories outright, tied in one while finishing sixth in the other.

Top performers Sean Morris and Dr. Mark Newnham won the Francis & Steel-Perkins Trophy for Men 50 and over following another good day. They carded a three-under-par 69 for a three-day total of 14-under-par 202.

"Scoring was difficult on the final day due to the windy conditions with winds gusting up to 25 mph but we managed to play good team golf,” said Morris who along with his partner produced the best scores of the tournament.

“I feel a sense of accomplishment to share the Caribbean Championship in the senior division, having been runner-up on several occasions."

Meanwhile, Jamaica’s two women teams maintained returned better final day scores under difficult playing conditions to maintain their lead in their respective groups.

 Michelle Gabay and Maggie Lyn copped the Dessie Henry Trophy after scoring 74 for a three-day total of 239.

Trinidad shot a 79 to close 15 strokes behind on 254.

Jodi Munn-Barrow and Alison Reid scored a 12-over-par 84 for a combined score of 253 to claim the Marie Nunes Trophy for Ladies 35 and over.  Puerto Rico scored 89 to end 10 strokes behind on 263.

Michael Boyd and Bert Tomlinson recovered from sixth place to tie for first on the final day.

They carded a 75 to end the championship with a combined score of 236.  Though they were joint first on the final day, their overall score placed them in second spot behind Barbados whose three-day total was 232.

 Barbados, therefore, took home the Higgs & Higgs Trophy for Men 60 and over.

Competition for the Ramon Baez Romano Trophy (Men 35+) featured the Jamaican team of John O'Donoghue and Philip Prendergast who scored six over par 78 for a three-day total of 237 to occupy the sixth spot of seven teams in their age group.

Puerto Rico ended in the top spot and took home the trophy after posting 68 for a three-day total of 205. 

The Bahamas with 36 points finished third overall. They were followed by the Cayman Islands with 34, one point ahead of Barbados’ 33.

Trinidad & Tobago (21), Turks & Caicos Islands (17) and the US Virgin Islands (11), finished sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively.

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