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National golf title inspires Facey to go pro

Published:Thursday | May 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp

The Jamaica Golf Association (JGA)/ Seafreight National Amateur Championships winner, Ian Facey, says his victory serves as added motivation to go on the pro circuit within the next year.

Facey took the title in the four-day event that climaxed last Monday at the Caymanas Golf Club, with rounds of 74, 71, 73 and 75. He edged Jonathan Newnham, who led for the first two days.

"It was a good feeling as it's been a long time since I have won a title, and this is also my first national title," Facey told The Gleaner.

"The victory serves as added motivation, as it was a competitive field. I will use it to build on my confidence moving forward. I hope to continue at the amateur level, then maybe in another year move on to the pro circuit," Facey disclosed.

The 21-year-old said it was a strong field of mostly senior players.

"I was obviously one of the youngest players in the field, but I kept my head and came through from the third day. I held on for a close victory," he noted.

Facey has represented Jamaica at the junior and senior level. He recently graduated from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, USA, with a Major in finance and a Minor in sport management.

Other winners

Meanwhile, Jonathan Newnham is the first-place winner in the men's 0-6 category. Dr Carl Bruce and George Hugh finished on identical scores in the 7-11 category. However, Hugh conceded the title.

Easton Williams captured the Super Seniors title and Carlysle Hudson emerged winner in the 13-18 senior category.

Griffin McCloy won the boys' 16-17 division, while in the boys' 14-15, Max McCloy and Luke Chin tied with a 248. However, McCloy won with the better final-day score. Tristan Brown captured the boys' 11-13 title.

In the ladies' division, Tiana Cruz swept to victory, while national representative Keith Stein took home the prize for the best three-day score, with 228.

Thomas Smith was the winner of the two-day competition with 170. The national trials is set for June 4-7.