Facey among Jamaica Open leaders
At the end of the first of the three-day Jamaica Open Golf Championship, five golfers, including one Jamaican, topped the leaderboard with a score of two under par or 70 on the challenging Half Moon Golf Course in Montego Bay.
The five golfers are Jamaica's Ian Facey, who recently went professional Luke Johnson of the United Kingdom, and David Sanders, Stephenson Grant, and Tarik Can of the USA.
The 51st staging of the competition teed off yesterday with Gibby Martens, Scott Wolfes, and Daniel Bogan on the first tee, and Dennis Hendershott, Nikita Gubenko and Mike Putman on the 10th hole. The number of golfers who entered the championship this year - 105 - was so big that the organiser, the Jamaica Golf Association, under instruction from tournament director David Mais decided to start on the front nine and the back nine simultaneously in order to finish the daily competition during daylight.
The leaderboard also shows eight professional golfers ending the day on 71 or one under par.
On the amateur side, Nikita Gubenko of the US topped the leaderboard after shooting even par 72. The best-placed Jamaican is the current national amateur champion Sean Morris. He shot 74, or two over par, after being in the lead position for most of the day. Justin Burrowes, 75, and Owen Samuda, 76, of Jamaica followed in third and fourth position, while Robert Sterling of Canada 80 round out the top five.
Wednesday's proam went to Peter Horrobin's (pro) group. The amateurs who were paired with him were Dave Lyn, Fred 'Cricket' Sutherland, and Alison Reid. Pro golfer Guy Boros led the second-place team, while John Ross' group took the third spot.
This year's entrants are drawn from nine countries including the USA, Austria, England, Bermuda, Germany, Canada, Barbados, Antigua & Barbuda, and host country Jamaica.