Newnham romps Sandals National Amateur Golf Champs
AN ecstatic Jonathan Newnham yesterday punched the air and roared in triumph after sinking a birdie to finally win the Jamaica National Amateur Golf Championship, at Sandals Golf and Country Club, at Upton, St Ann, the title he lost by two holes at Caymanas last year.
"It feels good, but it has not quite sunk in. It was a good finish, birdie," said the University of Mississippi player after going one under on each of the final two holes to finish the third and final day on 70, one under par.
Newnham's overall score of 211, 74-67-70, played over three days, had him finishing two under par, 10 shots clear of Sandals Academy graduates Oshae Haye and Zandre Roye, who both finished on 221.
However, Haye, who had a better final-day score, 72, clinched the runner-up spot ahead of Roye, 74, in the battle of home-course boys, ages 19 and 20, respectively.
Despite host course Sandals basking in Haye and Roye's second- and third-place finish, yesterday belonged to Newnham, who rallied from a three over par first-day score, 74, to fire 67 on Sunday's second day, before adding the coup de grace.
"It was a good day. I struggled on the back nine with a little headache, but I kept the momentum going to score 70," he said.
Delroy Johnson, another Sandals-based player, saw his game whittle away yesterday, scoring 81, 10 over par, after starting the tournament as joint leader with Sean Morris on Saturday. Up to Sunday, Johnson was still within striking distance, three shots behind Newnham.
"I had three bad holes on the front nine, two three and seven. I triple bogeyed the two and three and doubled seven," he lamented.
Newnham, Haye and Roye will next suit up for the four-day Hoerman Cup trials at Cinnamon Hill, Montego Bay, in two weeks' time.