Barnes, Knibbs emerge winners at 53rd Jamaica Open at Tryall

By December 16, 2020

After three days of battling high temperatures, strong winds and restrictive Covid’19 protocols, at the Tryall Golf Club in Hanover, Erik Barnes and William Knibbs emerged winners of the professional and amateur sections, respectively, of the 53rd Jamaica Open presented by Aqua Bay.

 Barnes, the joint leader on day one and sole leader on day two, carried his form into the final day to win by three strokes over Canadian David Morland who was runner-up for the second year running.

The American carded a six-under par 66, four-under 68 and three-under 69 over the three days to end on 13-under 203. "I feel great,” he said. “Anytime you can come to a new tournament and win it, it’s awesome.  David didn't take it easy on me early in the round.  I just had to keep my foot on the gas and keep going."

He said the pandemic protocols had little impact on his game. "I play on the Korn Ferry Tour and we pretty much have the same protocols every week. We pretty much have to stick to the hotel and get Covid tested weekly," he said while adding that he would love to return to defend his title.

“If the schedule works out I would love to come back.  I like Jamaica."

Morland ended on 10-under score of 206, similar to his 2019 scores carding 66, 69 and 71 in each of the three rounds.

Brad Adamonis and Ryan Linton, both from the USA, tied for third after posting seven under par scores of 209 cumulatively the three days.

Orville Christie was the best placed Jamaican pro in 16th and said he was pleased with his scores of 76, 77, 73 over the course of the tournament.  "I feel good about that.  I worked hard, I didn't get the scores that I really wanted to shoot but I think I did well," he said.

Knibbs, the only amateur golfer to post an under par score (67) on the second day, was very pleased to achieve one of the goals he had set for this year.  He ended the championship on one under par 215 (76, 67, 72), winning by 14 strokes over runner-up Robert Owen (229) of the USA.

"It feel really good.  It's one of the goals that I set down with my coach at the start of the year that I wanted to win this tournament so obviously it’s very satisfying when you can say that you achieve a goal," he said.

Hunter Summy (USA) was third with a score of 233.

Justin Burrowes, who was the amateur champion for the last two versions was fourth this time around.  He ended on 233 (79, 75, 80).

President of the Jamaica Golf Association Peter Chin was grateful to have been able to host the tournament this year which did not seem possible due to the Covid-19 pandemic and uncertainties about sponsorship.

 He credited the Tourism Enhancement Fund, Aqua Bay, SDF, Tryall Golf Club, Jamaica Tours, JTB as well as the medical team from the University of the West Indies and the Ministry of Health among the many stakeholders who made the event possible.

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