Knibbs shoots final day 74 to win Emancipendence Golf Classic

By August 10, 2020

William Knibbs produced a tournament-winning round on Sunday’s final day of the two-day Jamaica Golf Association Emancipendence Golf Classic at the Caymanas Golf Club in St. Catherine on the weekend.

In doing so, he dethroned Sean Morris to win his second tournament since competitions resumed after the COVID-19 lockdown earlier in the year.

Knibbs, who was recently crowned Jamaica’s national amateur golf champion, overcame a double-bogey on the final hole to shoot a two-over-par 74 for a combined score of 151.

The hole was a nightmare for Knibbs all weekend as he shot a triple bogey on Saturday. He was seven over par for the tournament.

“I feel good about winning the tournament.  A win is always a nice feeling,” Knibbs said.

“The conditions probably were not very much different yesterday (Saturday) compared to today, may have been slightly less windy but overall I managed the conditions better.”

 He now looks forward to the next JGA event and especially the “Jamaican Open is in December from what I gather so that should be nice.  It should be a strong field there.”

Knibbs revealed that playing under the threat of the pandemic has been a challenge.

“It’s more precautionary measures with regards to touching the flagsticks and stuff like that,” he said, “everyone is just being careful with regards to cross-contaminating where possible.”

Dr. Mark Newnham was three strokes behind with a final score of 154 over the two days after a 76 on the final day to follow up his 78 on Saturday.

Dethroned champion Sean Morris, who went into the tournament with high expectations, found it rough going over the two days.

He finished third overall having shot a seven-over par 79 on Sunday an improvement over his nine-over par 81 on Saturday.

His day two scorecard showed 10 bogeys and three birdies that saw him finish nine shots behind the winner.

“I came here to the golf course today about four or five shots back and decided I would look and see what was happening on the front nine for me,” he said.

“I just figured that I was not as sharp and as tournament-ready as I would like to be. I played the first nine holes three over par and really struggled to get the ball close to the hole. It was like that for the rest of the day and I figured that if you are a little off and your timing is a little off and your chipping is a little off and your putting is not as defined, you are going to end up with shots a couple over.

“My worst score today should have been 75. I missed some easy puts.  I just felt like I was in a participation mode rather than a competitive mode so I just chalked it up to just enjoying the day and finishing the tournament.  I was not tournament sharp this week.  I haven’t played a lot since the injured finger so I just got to wait, my turn will come.”

 Meanwhile, 14-year-old Aman Dhiman ended joint fifth with his father Vikram Dhiman, after shooting 87 and 83.

 The Men Super Senior 0-12 handicap section went to former JGA president Wayne Chai Chong, who shot 76 on Sunday for a two-day total of 149.

He was followed by Robert Chin on 151 (77, 74) and Mike Bradford 160 (79, 81) to round out the top three.

The Men & Men Senior 7-12 handicap was topped by Shamar Wilson 167 (82, 85) while Richard White 176 (93, 83) and Barry Eligon 182 (93m 89) copped the second and third spots respectively.

The golfers in the Men & Men Senior 13 – 24 handicap were Aubyn Ferguson 194 (11, 83) and Delroy Anderson 208 (111, 97).

The three ladies who completed the classic were Jennifer Mendes 183 (93, 90), Alison Reid 185 (98, 87) and Diane Hudson 191 (99, 92).

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