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Couples Resorts tourney good World Amateurs prep - Morris

Published:Saturday | October 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMJermaine Lannaman

National golfer Sean Morris is hopeful that preparatory championships like the just-concluded Couples Resorts Negril Charity Golf tournament will go a long way in helping his game as he prepares for the upcoming World Amateur Masters qualifiers.

The smooth-putting Morris, who would make history if he was to qualify for the Amateur Masters as a Jamaican, made the revelation at the 11th annual Couples Resorts tournament, which was played at Negril Hills Golf club recently.

"My goal is do well at the Latin America Masters tournament as I would love to represent the country at the Amateur Masters," said Morris, who along with his partner, John Brennan, topped the two-man scramble tournament.

"A tournament, like this, therefore, always aids in preparation, as while it includes player handicaps, you can set yourself personal goals, scores and targets.''

The tournament, which featured 56 players, saw Morris and Brennan in hitting a gross score of 65, finishing ahead of Ricardo Perry and Steve Richards, who carded 66.

Norris Scaffe and Dean Richards, in the meantime, with 62.5 topped the net score category with Stainton Baker and Paul Chin ending as runners-up on 63.25.

"I am delighted with the turnout, and the level of golf that was played,'' said Glenn Lawrence, chief executive officer of Couples Resorts.

"Year in year out, some of the top golfers attend the tournament to show their support as we cater to needy charities, and for that I am grateful,'' he added.

The tournament raised $1.2 million, most of which went to Llandilo School of Special Education and the Montego Bay Animal Shelter.

There was also a special presentation of $1million that was made to Food For The Poor to help with the relief efforts association with recent passage of Hurricane Irma in the eastern Caribbean.

Executive director of Food For The Poor Jamaica, David Mair, received the contribution, and thanked Couples Resorts through the ISSA Foundation for their consideration.

"This contribution is timely, and will go add to our efforts of making life better for the victims of the Hurricane,'' Mair said.

"I want to thank Couples Resorts and the ISSA Group for the generosity, and we look forward to others continuing to make contributions as well.''