Justin Burrowes eager to defend Alliance Bucaneer Memorial title

By November 14, 2019

Defending champion Justin Burrowes will compete in this weekend's 24th staging of the Alliance Buccaneer Memorial Golf Tournament at the Caymanas Golf Club in St. Catherine.  

Burrowes is currently on a golf scholarship at the Florida Atlantic University.

More than 100 golfers from across the island will tee off at the Caymanas Golf Course between 7 am - 11 am daily.

Some of the amateurs competing include former Jamaica Golf Association (JGA) presidents Gordon Hutchinson and Wayne Chai Chong, Maurice Foster, current president Peter Chin,  Rory Jardine, Robert 'Bobby' Chin, Gregg Chong and Tommy Lee.

The tournament will also host a professional section comprising of twelve golfers, after a long absence of professionals.  Pro golfer Wesley Brown also returns home to play with the pros.  He has been playing professionally in the United States for some time.

Burrowes, who is currently on a golf scholarship at the Florida Atlantic University, is anxious to defend his title at the two-day tournament.

However, to be able to do so he will have to hold off the challenges from a number of local golfers who have been doing very well recently both at home and abroad. They include national champion Sean Morris and Dr Mark Newnham who teamed up to help Jamaica win the country trophy for the Caribbean Golf Association Four-Ball Championship in Florida, and were one-two, respectively, in the Heroes Weekend Golf Classic.

The tournament will feature two different competitions running concurrently.

One will be a two-day – 36-hole Jamaica Golf Association qualifier while the other to be played on Sunday will be a Stableford competition in the form of a charity fundraiser for the Laws Street Trade Training Centre.  The objective for this year is to hand over in excess of J$1 million dollars.

The format of play features Saturday and Sunday – Medal Play HCP 1-12, Modified Stableford HCP 13-24, Professional, Men, Seniors, Super Seniors, Ladies and Juniors while on Sunday it will be Modified Stableford HCP 10-12, 13-24, 25-36, Men and Ladies.  The Juniors will compete for the Vitoria Marley Trophy.

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