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Morris wins Alliance National Amateur Golf title

Published:Friday | October 20, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Sean Morris (left) accepts the championship trophy from Jamaica Golf Association President Peter Chin on Monday.

Sean Morris held his nerve to be crowned Alliance National Amateur Golf Champion for the first time at the Caymanas Golf Club last weekend.

Morris and the leader for the first two days, William Knibbs, were tied on 227 at the end of the tournament. The subsequent play-off round at the October 14-16 championship was won by Morris.

According to the new champion, "It feels special to win the Nationals for the first time. Nationals are physically challenging as we had to walk the course for the three days, and the course was rough due to the on-going rains. I held my nerve against a really good opponent, and I'm happy to come out the winner."

Morris who has been playing the sport for the past 20 years was introduced to golf at age 30.

There was a tie for overall third (on 233) between Justin Burrowes and Owen Samuda. They were separated after it emerged that Burrowes had the better last day score.

Young Jonathan Newnham, who won the championship in 2016 was relegated to fifth place. He tied with Morris and Knibbs on the first day (75) but had a disastrous second day (81) and seven over par (79) on the final day.

The Hoerman Cup representatives who will represent Jamaica at the Caribbean Amateur Championship are Sean Morris, William Knibbs, Owen Samuda, and Jonathan Newnham.

According to Jamaica Golf Association President Peter Chin, "The association was very happy with the tournament over the three days. We now look forward to the Caribbean Championship where we expect to do well."

Neville Carr took the Men's and Men's Senior 7-12 category with 259, while Richard White was second on 260.

In the Men's Super Seniors 0-12, Dorrel Allen won with an overall score of 255. There was a three-way tie for second among Bert Tomlinson, Michael Boyd and Dudley Wilson. The nod went to Tomlinson with a better last day score. Their overall score was 257

Gordon Hutchinson topped the Men's Super Seniors 13-24 with an overall score of 278. George Wright was second with 287.

Michele Gabay walked away with the Ladies 0-12 trophy with an overall 259.