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Jr golfers well placed at Caribbean champs

Published:Thursday | July 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivingston Scott

Jamaica's junior golfers are well placed in second place, going into today's third and final day of the 2016 Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships, taking place in Barbados.

Puerto Rico lead the overall points standings after two rounds (days) with 87 points. Jamaica are three points adrift on 84, followed by the Dominican Republic with 78, and Trinidad and Tobago with 76.

It's the 29th staging of the championships and Jamaica has fielded a strong team of 13 boys and girls, ages 11 - 17. The young Jamaicans face strong competition from Puerto Rico, The Cayman Islands, Trinidad & Tobago, the Dominican Republic, The Bahamas, the Turks & Caicos Islands, The US Virgin Islands, and host Barbados over three rounds (days) of play.

The Jamaican team's performance has been steady over the first two days, giving it a solid chance of bringing home the coveted Hank James Trophy. Sebert Walker Junior shot an excellent 76 on Day 1 and 75 on Day 2 to secure the sixth spot on the leaderboard. He is tied for second in the Boys 15-and-Under category with seasoned veteran of the team, Justin Burrowes, who holds fifth place going into Day 3.

In the Boys 11-13 category, Tristan Brown is in sixth place, followed closely by overseas-based Rocco Lopez, who is playing for Jamaica for the first time, in seventh. In the Boys 17-and-Under category, brothers Griffin and Max McLoy, are in twelfth and thirteenth position, respectively.

In the girls' section, Tiana Cruz shot 75 on Day 1 and 79 on Day 2 to secure second place in the Girls 17-and-Under category, while being tied for seventh place on the leaderboard. Kei Harris held the fifth place over the first two days in the same category but is now joint 30th overall along with Griffin McCloy and two others.

Hannah Foster, the only Jamaican competing in the Girls 15-and-Under category, is tied for first after scoring 78 on Day One and 79 on Day 2.