Justin Burrowes followed up his 68 on Saturday with a one-under-par 69 on Sunday to win the 2020 the JGA Heroes Weekend Golf Classic at Constant Spring Golf Club. 

 Burrowes, who was the only golfer to post under-par scores in the tournament, finished with a combined score of 137 for the tournament and was 10 strokes clear of runner-up and last year’s champion Sean Morris.

 "Today (Sunday) was pretty good again.  I shot one under, one worse than yesterday (Saturday) but still pretty good,” he said after Sunday’s triumph.

 “I played solid today for the most part.  I had one bogey today which was pretty good.  I am just happy to be able to follow up yesterday's round with another good round today and finish off with the victory.  I am very happy about that.”

 He did concede that the victory was not as easy as the scoreboard suggested.

 “The course again was not playing easy at all.  It was playing a little longer today, I found.  The air was a little more dense so it played a little longer but still I was just happy to be go out there and shoot another under par round and come out with the victory so I am just overall happy with out I played," he said.

 Runner-up Sean Morris posted scores 73 and 74 to end on 147 overall while third-placed Dr. Mark Newnham had a good second day after posting a 74 to go along with his first day score of 81 for a total score of 155.

 The Ladies winner, Jodi Munn-Barrow replicated her first-round score of 74 for a final score of 148 and was happy with how she played.

 "I ended with the same score as yesterday, 74, again today so I am pleased with it.  I actually finished better than I did yesterday so I am happy about that.  My game was fairly solid,” she said.

 “The course still played very hard and challenging so overall. I am quite pleased with the result of the two days.  I just have to keep focusing and practicing and looking forward to the next tournament." 

In the Men & Men Super Senior 7-12 handicap, Philip Gooden 158 (74, 84) came out ahead of Metry Seaga 174 (89,85), while Aubyn Ferguson 198 (97, 101) won the Men & Men Senior 13-24 category. 

The top three in the Men Super Senior 0-12 category were Dr. Guyan Arscott 162 (81,81); Carlyle Husson 164 (82, 82) and Michael Richards 177 91, 86).


The other Men Super Senior category (13-24) saw Larry Stewart scoring 187 (94, 93), Howard McKenzie at 192 (95, 97) and George Wright 199 (102, 97)


Among the juniors, Sebastian Azan 169 (84, 85) topped the 14-15 age group ahead of Matthew Grant 171 (87, 84) while the 11-13 category went to Aaron Ghosh 179 (92, 87)


On the female side, Samantha Azan 169 (85, 84) was the only junior player.  She played in the 11-13 age group.


Forty golfers competed in the classic this year under Covid-19 protocols and players submitted scores via a specially designed app.

Justin Burrowes shot a two under-par 68 to lead at the end of Saturday’s opening day of the JGA Heroes Weekend Golf Classic at the Constant Spring Golf Club.

Burrowes’ score would have been even more impressive had he not had two bogies on the back nine after logging four birdies in the first nine holes.

"The day was good.  I started really well. The course is in very good shape.  I am just happy with the way I played and I just hope that I can just finish off tomorrow with another good round," he said.

Sean Morris was five shots back having shot a 73 while John O'Donaghue sits in third on 78.

The female leader, Jodi Munn-Barrow shot a 74 but said she was happy with the day’s play even though she was four over par. "Overall, I am happy with today's game.  I just have to put down my head again tomorrow and see if I can through with another good score."

Sebastian Azan shot an 84 to lead the 14-15 age group while Ryan Lue’s 86 leads the Boys 11-13.   Samantha Azan shot an 85.

Philip Gooden leads the Men & Men Senior 7-12 handicap with a 74 ahead of Tommy Lee (80) and Bruce Lopez (87).

Dr. Guyan Arscott (81), Carlyle Husdon (82) and Wayne Chai Chong (86) make up the top three in the Men Super Senior 0-12 category.

Play resumed today at 8:00 am.

William Knibbs shot a one-under-par 71 to win his first-ever national title at the Half Moon Golf Course in Montego Bay on Sunday.

Knibbs was the only golfer to post a score under par over the three days of competition. He shot scores of 73 and 74 on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

At the end of day one, Knibbs shared the lead with Sebert Walker Jr and Rocco Lopez but fell to third on the second day. On Sunday, he shot his best round to rally and win by four shots over last year’s winner Justin Burrowes, who ended the championship tied for second Walker Jr.

They both ended with overall scores of 222 each.

“(It feels) great. It’s beyond anything in my wildest dreams. It is my first time winning the national championship.  The last three years I came second, twice in a play-off and once by one shot,” said the elated champion, who said the conditions were challenging.

“It was very hot, very humid but it was windy at the same time.  The person who made the least mistakes ended in a place to win so I am just lucky that I was this person.”

A disappointed Burrowes said he was unable to put everything together for this championship.

“Today it wasn’t the best result but I gave it my best shot so I can’t really complain.  The conditions were pretty tough today.  It was very hot.  It was pretty windy at times and I just couldn’t get it going on the greens,” said the dethroned champion who shot 76 on Sunday.

“My putting wasn’t so great so it’s hard to really shoot a good score if you are not making many putts.  William Knibbs played really well in the end and I am just happy for him to be honest.” 

Meanwhile, Walker Jr. put together his best performance to date at the senior level. On Sunday, he led by a stroke at the halfway mark but had three bogeys on the back nine for a score of 77. “Today’s performance wasn’t the best.  I had a solid day again similar to my first two days, however, I couldn’t quite get anything going at all,” he said.

“I needed to make more birdies just like over the first two days.  It was a little tougher day and not having those birdies to help with the bogeys, really escalated the score.  It was a solid performance nonetheless. I am still proud of how I played.  I am not quite happy with the finish but proud of how I played.  It was a good tournament overall.”

Day-one joint leader Lopez was just one stroke behind in fourth with a score of 223.  He shot 75 on the final day.

Former national champion Sean Morris, who played with an injured finger, shot an 80 and posted a three-day total score of 229.  Mark Newnham shot a 79 on Sunday to close with a score of 233.

The Men & Men Senior category: 7-12 handicap went to Kemar Brown – 234 (77).  Shamar Wilson – 237 (80) was second while Tommy Lee -245 (80) was third.

In the Ladies section of the two-day championship, Emily Mayne (162) won the title over Michelle Hamilton (177).

The top three in the Men Super Senior category were Opton Marshall (172), Howard McKenzie (193) and Linval Freeman (197).

 In the Juniors Boys (14-15), Aman Dhiman (154) won over Trey Williams (171) and Noah Azan (176).  The two golfers in the Boys 11-13 section were Ryan Lue (180) amd Aaron Ghosh (182).

 Mattea Issa (182) and Annoushka Khatri (198) were the girls in the 11-13 category.

Defending champion Justin Burrowes will renew his rivalry with William Knibbs in the Half Moon National Golf Championship set for the Half Moon Golf course in Montego Bay from today through to Sunday.

Last year, both players tied in first place at the end of the third and final day prompting an exciting play-off in which Burrowes prevailed. Former champion Sean Morris and the upcoming and in-form Rocco Lopez are also expected to contend in a field of more than 15 golfers.

Knibbs, Morris and Dr Mark Newnham are scheduled to tee off at 10:45 a.m. while Burrowes, Lopez and John O’Donoghue will start at 11:00 a.m.  

The national championships will also have a two-day competition beginning Saturday that will feature several female players such as Michelle Gabay and junior golfer Emily Mayne as well as junior golfers Mattea Issa, Ryan Lue, Noah Azan, Aman Dhiman and Trey Williams.

The junior golfers were to have represented Jamaica in the Caribbean Junior Amateur Championship in the Dominican Republic. However, the championship was cancelled because of the Covid19 pandemic.

Peter Chin, president of the Jamaica Golf Association, Wayne Chai Chong – immediate past president, and Gordon Hutchinson – a former president are down to compete in the two-day championship.

The three-day Half Moon National Golf Championship is the first competitive golf tournament to be held since March when all sports were shut down due to the pandemic.



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