Defending Jamaica Open champion Hernan Borja said he is ready to defend his title as the Jamaica Open tees off on Thursday at the Tryall Golf Course in Hanover.

Marvin Anderson was elected President of the Olympian Association of Jamaica (OAJ) during the association’s very first Annual General Meeting held on Friday, December 6, at the offices of the Sports Development Foundation on Phoenix Avenue, Kingston.

Almost 100 golfers have registered for the 52nd Alacran Jamaica Open which tees off later this week at the world-famous Tryall Club in Hanover.

They include defending champion Hernan Borja who posted a 12 under-par 204 in 2017 to win by three strokes over Tarik Cann when the event was last held at the Half Moon Golf Course.

Borja had originally been ruled out of the tournament.

The tournament tees off on Wednesday and concludes on Saturday with players teeing off at 7 am each day.

There will be a practice round on Wednesday, which will be followed by a Pro-Am segment that tees off at 12:30 pm. The 54-hole championship will then run from Thursday to Saturday.

President of the Jamaica Golf Association Peter Chin said he expects more players to register before Wednesday’s tee-time.

 "The entries are going very well. The golf course is in pristine condition and all the behind-the-scenes work is going very well and on target,” he said “

“Because the prize money is now US$100,000 we are able to attract a better quality field. We are happy where it is now in terms of the number of entries and the quality of the entries.  We are expected to have any extremely successful event."

Chin indicated that most of the golfers will come from the USA, Canada, United Kingdom and several Caribbean islands (Cayman Islands, Antigua, Trinidad and Tobago). Among those already registered are Patrick Newcomb, who is currently 28th of PGA Latin American Order of Merit), MJ McQuire, currently 57th on the PGA Latin American Order of Merit) and Edward Figueroa from (Puerto Rico who is PGA Latin America and past CAGC champion.

Matthew Marquez from Trinidad, competed in BMW Jamaica Classic this year and past CAGC champion is also in the field as well as WanJoo Lee, who is also from Trinidad and is the 2018 CAGC champion.

Wesley Brown, Sean Green, Delroy Cambridge and Ian Facey are among the Jamaicans down to participate.

Defending champions Portmore United and Tivoli Gardens scored victories on Sunday during round 16 of the Red Stripe Premier League.

Reggae Girlz assistant coach Lorne Donaldson believes the women’s programme in Jamaica has taken a hit with the departure of World Cup qualifying coach, Hue Menzies.

Menzies, on Tuesday, announced his intention to leave the programme after disputes with the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) seemed not to have a resolution in sight.

According to Menzies, the JFF has not paid money due to him in his contract, failed to communicate with him regarding a new contract after his expired in August, and have not reimbursed him for expenses incurred on the job.

Donaldson, himself, has said he would be unwilling to take up the top post, coaching the Girlz, unless there were guarantees that some of the issues Menzies spoke about were addressed.

“Menzies not being around puts a hole in the programme; the staff is really bummed because we did a lot of work within the last five years, some of it is work done behind the scenes that people don't know about, and we scraped and fought with these kids. So Hue not being around is a big setback for this programme,” said Donaldson.

The executive director of coaching at Real Colorado Soccer also believes there is a lot of uncertain surrounding the programme with just a couple of months to go before the Reggae Girlz take on the final round of Olympic Qualification.

“The crucial stage of the Olympic qualifiers is coming up, but we already messed that up because we had a game against the USA and we didn't take the game. We would have played the number one team in the world and we didn't take the game, so all this stuff is a setback for us,” said Donaldson.

“Now we missed the FIFA window; no games and I don't know when we are going to have any friendly games or camps because everything seems to be very difficult. I know Costa Rica wants to play us in January, and that's kind of late, but Costa Rica is still waiting for them to respond, so I don't know,” he said.

Still, Donaldson believes there is much promise in the Reggae Girlz programme and wants to ensure that that promise is fulfilled.

“We are going to concentrate on the players because we actually owe it to them. [Hubert] Busby and I, we made a commitment to some of the parents and players for the U-20s and U-17s,” said Donaldson.

“Again, it is going to be difficult trying to do the U-17s and the U-20s because nobody seems like they are interested on that side. There is interest elsewhere, but we have to find the right people who want to see women's football succeed in Jamaica. Right now it is not happening,” he said.

Fedrick Dacres, the 2019 World Championships discus silver medallist and Olympic swimmer Julian Fletcher, are the two Caribbean athletes among 30 vying for four spots on the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes Commission.

Despite numerous successes in recent times, Reggae Girlz head coach, Hue Menzies has decided he can no longer continue in his capacity after a protracted dispute did not seem to be coming to an amicable solution.

After winning back-to-back Suncorp Super Netball League Player of the Year titles, Jamaica’s Jhanielle Fowler says she plans to improve even more as she wants to be remembered as the greatest shooter ever by the time she retires from the sport.

President of the Jamaica Football Federation Michael Ricketts has described as “another positive for Jamaica’s football’, the fact that Khadijah 'Bunny' Shaw has been named among the world’s top 100 female footballers by the UK Guardian.

Four-time world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has made it clear that the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo will be her last but has indicated that she will be attempting to defend her 100m title in Eugene, Oregon in 2021.

Nkrumah Bonner scored a quick-fire century that helped set the foundation for the Jamaica Scorpion’s 26-run victory over the Barbados Pride in a high-scoring match at Conaree on Wednesday.

Former 100-metre world record holder Asafa Powell says his focus for the upcoming season is to earn a spot on Jamaica’s team to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

The management team of the Reggae Boyz have expressed disappointment at the performance against Guyana at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Monday night.

William Knibbs shot a final-round even-par 72 on Sunday to win the 2019 Alliance Buccaneer Memorial Gold Tournament at the Caymanas Golf Course in St. Catherine.

If dreams come true, United States sprinter Noah Lyles could be the new 100m world record holder before even setting foot in the Tokyo Olympics final.

The 22-year-old American sprinter has been one of a handful of prominent stars to emerge from the pack as up and coming athletes chase the legacy of Jamaica sprint king Usain Bolt.  Despite being universally acknowledged as a tremendous talent and winning his first major title earlier this year, which was the 200m at the Doha World Championships, for now, Lyles remains firmly in the Jamaican's big shadow.

In addition to boasting eight Olympics and 11 World Championship gold medals, it is Bolt who still holds the records for the fastest times ever clocked over both the 100m (9.58) and 200m (19.19).  The American has already at least broken one of Bolt’s records in pursuit.  Earlier this year, the young sprinter broke Bolt’s meet record at the Paris Diamond League.  Lyles clocked 19.65, eclipsing the Jamaican's previous time of 19.73.  With the Olympics on the horizon, the American has much bigger hopes, well bigger dreams in any case.

“I’m very excited for Tokyo. Japan is one of my favourite countries outside the US. I’ve got big plans,” Lyles told Olympic.org.

“I’ve got a dream that I ran 9.41 in the semis at the Olympics,” he added.

The athlete must, of course, secure himself a spot on the United States national team before having a chance to chase his dream.

 

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