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Newnham secures ticket to CAGC

Published:Friday | June 9, 2017 | 6:00 AM
Newnham

Jonathan Newnham booked a place on the national team for the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships (CAGC) after winning the National Trials last weekend. Newnham won the trials, which were held at the Caymanas Golf and Country Club, with a total of 303 strokes. He had rounds of 75, 73, 80, and 75.

Newnham is pleased with his overall performance at the trials and is now looking forward to the CAGC.

"There were a lot of positives. I was pleased with the way I was able to stay focused mentally and adjust because there was some tough competition out there," Newnham told The Gleaner.

He said that the heat affected the competitors, but he was able to manage the conditions and still perform effectively. Newnham expressed his pleasure at testing himself against the best golfers in Jamaica and coming out on top.

TOUGH HEAT

"It (the heat) definitely made it tough out there. I think everybody suffered a little bit because the course was so firm and made it very difficult. All the same, I was able to grind it out," Newnham told The Gleaner.

Finishing four shots behind Newnham was William Knibbs, a talented golfer who attends college overseas. Knibbs' scores were 77, 75, 79, and 76 (307). Sean Morris and O'Shea Haye tied in third position with 311. Mark Newnham (Jonathan's father) was one stroke behind on 312.

Tied in sixth position were Junior Golfers Sebert Walker, Jr and Justin Burrowes on 314 shots. Both finished first and second, respectively, in the Junior Trials and are members of this year's team to the Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships in Trinidad and Tobago next month.

Kei Harris, top female Junior golfer, ended the Trials with 313 and Michele Gabay on 343.

The Caribbean Amateur Golf Championship will be held in the Dominican Republic from July 30 to August 5. The team will consist of six males and four females. The selection committee will meet shortly to finalise the members.

- Lanze White