Jamaica junior golf team arrives home returns from history-making exploits at Caribbean Junior Golf Championships

By Sports Desk July 03, 2022

Several members of Jamaica’s history-making team to the 34th Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championship in Puerto Rico returned to the island with their trophies on Friday night.

No female had ever won in any age group category in the Caribbean championship until Samantha Azan and Emily Mayne wrote their names into the history of local junior golf.

“It means a lot because I am the first Jamaica girl to win it but I am happy with how my work has paid off," said Mayne who shot rounds of 74, 70 and 80 to share the win with Emily Odwin of Barbados.

Samantha Azan won the 15 & Under category by one shot ahead of another Jamaican, Mattea Issa, who led by two strokes at the 18th hole but failed to hold the lead after bogeying the hole.

"It’s disappointing,” she said.

“Leading up to the last hole and then I wouldn't say fumbling the bag but kind of. It was a struggle on the last hole.  I gave away the lead. I gave away the win. I gave it away so not a great feeling.

“I know I can do better and I'll continue to push and do my best every time so hoping it won't happen again and I can focus on the pressure better, handle the pressure better so that I can know how to handle the situation again."

Puerto Rico won the Hank James Trophy with 168 points, ahead of the Dominican Republic on 119 points.  Jamaica finished third overall with 117 points.

The performance was pleasing to Coach Jason Lopez.

“We were very pleased with the girls' performance.  To have Samantha Azan win the Under 15 Girls, Mattea Issa finishing second and Emily Mayne winning to win the Under 18 Girls, was inspirational for, hopefully, all the other young ladies out there who are contemplating what sports to play and we want them to come and play golf so we can continue to build out our women's game,” he said.

“I think we would have liked to and we have the capability of finishing second in front of the Dominican Republic.  Unfortunately, on the last day, the ball just didn't roll our way and we lost by a few points which was a little bit disappointing overall because it would have been nice.”

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