Brown takes PGAJ Championship
Wesley Brown (centre), the new champion of the Professional Golfers Association of Jamaica (PGAJ) Championships after shooting a seven under par 137 to win the 36 holes event held at Cinnamon Hills over the weekend. Petrina Gordon (left), manager of the pro shop at Cinnamon Hills, made the presentation while at right is Sebert Walker, organiser and chairman of the PGAJ. (Photo: Paul Reid)

Wesley Brown ended his 2022 season on a high, winning his second Professional Golfers Association of Jamaica (PGAJ) Championships with a two-day, 36-hole score of seven under par 137 score at the Cinammon Hills course in Rose Hall, St James, yesterday.

Brown, who was the top Jamaican professional at the recent 55th Jamaica Golf Association (JGA) Open held at Tryall Club in Hanover earlier in the month, beat two-time defending champion Al Robinson of Cinnamon Hills, who had a two over par 144, while Orville Christia of Half Moon was third.

Brown, who shot a six under par 66 on Saturday's first day, had a one under 71 yesterday and said he played well because of the preparation that he got playing 54 holes at Tryall two weeks ago.

"The course was great and actually played a little easier than normal as it was not too windy," he told the Jamaica Observer. "But you still had to go after your ball. I was just fortunate enough to hit it in the right spots, made a lot of putts, and a lot of good shots, hit the ball really well off the tee and came out on top.

He said that he had a lot more golf coming into this weekend than when he played at Tryall.

"I had a lot more preparation because of the JGA Open, where I played against some high level players," he said. "Coming into this field, I still had to play hard and so it was kinda easier because of the prep at the JGA, and I guess that was why I played so well."

After a short break, it will be back to work for Brown in January.

"Yes, there is a little break now and then, we start again in January for the professional league at Caymanas and I just need to get fitter and get the game sharper and see if I can do greater things next year," he said.

Sebert Walker, the tournament organiser and chairman of the PGAJ, is happy with the tournament.

"Aside from a low turnout, overall, the tournament was great," he said. "We saw where Wesley Brown shot a seven under, which is good anywhere in the world, and Al Robinson had a two over for second place."

Walker hinted they might need to make some changes to the championship.

"We had about six amateurs, and at this time of the year it might be tough to get people to come out, and we might need to look to playing it earlier in the year."

PAUL A REID Observer Writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

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