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Jamaica 2nd in CGA Four-Ball Championship

Saturday, October 12, 2019

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Jamaica maintained second place behind Puerto Rico at the end of day two in the Caribbean Golf Association Four-Ball Championship, which is being played at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Jamaica currently have 40 points to Pureto Rico's 43.

The two-man team of national champion Sean Morris and Dr Mark Newnham, who are vying for the Francis & Steel-Perkins Trophy for Men 50 and over, completed another good day on the course after scoring four under par 68 for a two day total of 133.

They sent down five birdies and one bogey in their under par score. Puerto Rico was fifteen strokes back on 148 after posting 75 on day two of the championship and are lying in second place.

Morris said that day two playing conditions were “very rainy and blustery”.

He added: “Conditions were tough today and got progressively worse. There were soggy fairways and the bunkers were completely compacted due to the heavy downpour.”

He was nevertheless happy to maintain first place in his team's trophy category.

The two female teams have maintained their first place positions in their age groups, even though the playing conditions negatively affected their scores.

Jodi Munn-Barrow and Alison Reid scored 89 or 17 over par for a combined score of 169. They were still ahead of Puerto Rico by five strokes who were on 91 (174) in second place. The ladies are vying for the Marie Nunes Trophy (Ladies 35+).

The other female Jamaica team of Michelle Gabay and Maggie Lyn, who are competing for the Dessie Henry Trophy, leads with 84 (165 over two days), ahead of Trinidad & Tobago 93, who were ten strokes behind on 175.

The Ramon Baez Romano trophy (Men 35+) which featured the Jamaican team of John O'Donoghue and Philip Prendergast scored five over par 77 for a two-day total of 159 to occupy the seventh spot of seven teams in their age group (as they did on day one). They were five strokes better than their first day score of 82. Puerto Rico were in the top spot on 137 after posting five under par 67 on the day.

Michael Boyd and Bert Tomlinson dropped from second to sixth place after scoring 83 on the second day of competition. Their combined score was 161. They trailed first place Puerto Rico who posted 76 for a total score of 152. They are competing for the Higgs & Higgs Trophy in the Men 60 and over age group category.

The country points, which will determine the Ambrose Gouthro Trophy, read: Puerto Rico 43, Jamaica 40, Bahamas 26, Cayman Islands 23, Barbados 20, Trinidad & Tobago 11, US Virgin Islands 11, and Turks & Caicos Islands 11.

Team Jamaica looks forward to today's final day of competition which will see John O'Donoghue and Philip Prendergast teeing off at 7:54 while Sean Morris and Dr Mark Newnham are set for an 8:05 start. The ladies' team of Michelle Gabay and Maggie Lyn will be among the final set of players to tee off and will do so at 9:44 am.

Only eighteen holes of the fifty-four hole tournament are left to be played, while the Jamaicans are seeking to win their first Caribbean Golf Association Four-Ball Championship.


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