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Evans hoping to continue golf growth

Published:Sunday | December 25, 2016 | 12:00 AM

In July last year, then 17-year-old Romaine Evans bagged what was considered an elusive individual golf title for Jamaica.

Now, the 18-year-old Tacky high school student, the only golfer in his St Mary-based school is looking to rediscover that winning form, which saw him become one of Jamaica's most promising junior golfers.

"The dream is there. It's gonna need a lot of work for sure, without hard work, there is no success, and my goal is to keep on doing the right stuff and stay on the right path and try to achieve my goals," he outlined in a recent interview with The Gleaner.

Evans won the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships (CAGC) in the US Virgin Islands and went on to cop a number of local titles here in Jamaica.

After winning the prestigious Caribbean Championships, he went to England to play in the Duke of York Young Champions Trophy, an international 54-hole stroke challenge, which features a number of PGA players annually.


"It has pushed me really more into the game of golf because I know that it is possible to win tournaments in the Caribbean and internationally," he pointed out.

"It (the CAGE) is the tournament that motivated me to go further in the sport. After winning the tournament, it helped me to learn that I can accomplish a lot of stuff. That tournament motivated me to get my game to the next level," Evans underlined.

Admittedly, short of his best form now, the youngster, who developed as one of the most accomplished golfers in the Sandals Junior golf programme, has his eyes set on going over-seas to study, while playing the sport he loves.

"My game is not in the best shape right now, I can tell you. I am not going to say I am going to play at my best, I just keep silently confident," he continued.

The Jamaican is currently ranked 6,154 on the World Amateur Golf Ranking with a 56.1728 points average.

Evans added that at his school, golf is not the most favoured sport, but all his schoolmates support his dream.

"Everybody is on board supporting me. Every tournament I play, they just want to know the results and (are) confident in me doing the right stuff and pursuing my dreams," he disclosed.