Ju­nior golfers hit­ting the sweet spot

12-y-o’s shoot­ing in the ’70s and a 10-year-old shoots in the 80s at the Alliance Buc­ca­neer Me­mo­rial

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

Tris­tan Brown and Rocco Lopez

THE EF­FORTS of the Ju­nior Ja­maica Golf As­so­ci­a­tion (JGA) and the golf coaches over the last few years are now pay­ing div­i­dends. The Ju­nior Golf fra­ter­nity is thriv­ing and pre­par­ing well for the in­ter­na­tional stage.

Over the past week­end, the Ju­nior JGA’s sec­ond tour­na­ment in the Ju­nior Se­ries was held at Con­stant Spring Golf Club. While this is the home course for many of the ju­niors, the Ju­nior JGA also sup­ported the par­tic­i­pa­tion of play­ers from Ocho Rios and Mon­tego Bay. Thir­tytwo Ju­nior golfers be­tween the ages of six and 16 played and brought in some very com­mend­able scores.

Play­ers were grouped by age, and tees were set ac­cord­ing to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards. In the Boys’ Un­der-15 cat­e­gory, Radino Lob­ban, from St Ann, shot 83 on Day 1 and 76 on Day 2 to win the cat­e­gory over­all. El­ric Li placed sec­ond and Wahid Thomas third.

In the Boys’ Un­der-13 sec­tion, Tris­tan Brown and Rocco Lopez had two days of com­pet­i­tive golf. Brown won on Satur­day with a score of 74, while Lopez shot 79. Al­though Rocco gave away hole 9 on Sun­day, with a four putt, he still man­aged to win for the day Trey Wil­liams

with a score of 76. Due to Tris­tan’s out­stand­ing score on Satur­day, he man­aged to win the cat­e­gory over­all by two strokes. Matthew Grant placed third, while Jus­tine McKen­zie won the Girls’ Un­der-13.

In the Un­der-11 group­ing, Radino Ta­jay Lob­ban there was an amaz­ing per­for­mance by 10-year-old Trey Wil­liams. Wil­liams led his age group with an 88 on Day 1, then out­did him­self on Day 2 with an 86. Brady Holmes, aged 10, came sec­ond with a 94 on Satur­day and an ex­cel­lent 87 on Sun­day, marred only by miss­ing a one-foot putt on the fi­nal hole 18 to give Trey the out­right win on Day 2. Also in this cat­e­gory, Bjorne Den­nis and Se­bas­tian Azan fought it out, but Den­nis man­aged to edge Azan out of third place with one stroke.

Lek Drum­mond won the Un­der-9 cat­e­gory with an im­pres­sive score of 42 over nine holes. Mat­tea Issa placed sec­ond with a score of 44, fol­lowed by Sa­man­tha Azan, who shot 48.

The Be­gin­ners sec­tion had play­ers aged six to eight years, who played nine holes from 100 to 150 yards. Seven-year-old Ke­mari Mor­ris was the clear win­ner, shoot­ing 46, with Cil­lian Hall in sec­ond place with a score of 54, and Spencer Tay­lor shoot­ing 58.

This sec­ond match in the JGA Ju­nior Se­ries was made pos­si­ble in part by spon­sors of the Alliance Buc­ca­neer Me­mo­rial Tour­na­ment and the Ja­maica Golf As­so­ci­a­tion. The third match in the JGA Ju­niors Se­ries will be held on De­cem­ber 3 at the Con­stant Spring Golf Club as a part of one of the big­gest tour­na­ments of the year for the golf­ing fra­ter­nity of the year – S.A.N.T.A.


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