Good start to Jamaica's CGA Four-Ball Championship

Friday, October 11, 2019

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Jamaica recorded a good start to the Caribbean Golf Association (CGA) Four-Ball Championship after ending in second position behind Puerto Rico yesterday. Puerto Rico (22 points) were just ahead of Jamaica with 21 points.

The eight-country competition is completed by Bahamas (13), Cayman Islands (11), Barbados (10), Trinidad & Tobago (six), US Virgin Islands (five) and Turks & Caicos Islands (four).

The fifty-four hole championship is being staged at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and is scheduled to end on Saturday.

Jamaica's two-man team of national champion Sean Morris and Dr Mark Newnham, vying for the Francis & Steel-Perkins Trophy for Men 50 and over, posted the best score of all the golfers on the course. They ended round one on 65 or seven under par after posting four birdies each on the front and back nine and just one bogey on the front nine. Puerto Rico 70 or 2-under par had the next best score for second place in the particular trophy category.

Morris, who described the conditions as very humid, said: “It gives us a good feeling getting off to a good start especially with the weather forecast predicted for the area, and it could become possible to use a 36-hole score to determine the winner in the event that the 54-hole tournament gets cut to 36 holes. We played solid golf all day and were rewarded with eight birdies.”

Puerto Rico's two-man team was in second position with a score of 73 or one over par and eight strokes behind Jamaica.

Two other Jamaican teams were in first place in their age groups. Jodi Munn-Barrow and Alison Raid scored 80 or 8 over par ahead of Puerto Rico on 83 for the Marie Nunes Trophy (35+). Michelle Gabay and Maggie Lyn, who are competing for the Dessie Henry Trophy, lead with 81 ahead of Trinidad & Tobago who were one stroke behind on 82.

Michael Boyd and Bert Tomlinson were in second with a score of 78 behind Barbados 77. They are competing for the Higgs & Higgs Trophy in the 60 and over age group.

In the final of the team categories, the Ramon Baez Romano trophy (Men 35+) saw the Jamaican team of John O'Donoghue and Philip Prendergast ending the round in seventh place with a score of 82 or ten over par, while Puerto Rico was first on 70 or two under par.

The other Jamaican two-man teams posted the following scores: Rory Jardine and Owen Samuda - 70, Dorrel Allen and Robert Chin - 74, Greg Chong and Tommy Lee Williams - 79 and JGA president Peter Chin and George Hugh also posted 79.

Team Jamaica looks forward to Friday's second day of competition with Michael Boyd and Bert Tomlinson being the first Jamaicans to tee off at 7:45 while Sean Morris and Dr Mark Newnham are set for a 8:05 start. The ladies team of Jodi Munn-Barrow and Alison Reid will tee off at 9:35.

Team manager Jonathan Newnham described the conditions as “tricky, swirling winds and fast greens”.

Jamaica is on a mission to win the CGA Four-Ball Championships for the first time.

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