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Burrowes enjoying life among pros

Published:Saturday | May 18, 2019 | 12:17 AMLennox Aldred/Gleaner Writer
Jamaican golf champion Justin Burrowes in action at the PGA Latinoamerica BMW Jamaica Golf Championship at the Cinnamon Hill golf course in Montego Bay yesterday.
Jamaican golf champion Justin Burrowes in action at the PGA Latinoamerica BMW Jamaica Golf Championship at the Cinnamon Hill golf course in Montego Bay yesterday.

Jamaica’s National junior golf champion Justin Burrowes exited the PGA Latinoamerica BMW Jamaica Golf Championship following an even-par second round of 72 yesterday at the Cinnamon Hill golf course in Montego Bay.

The score was a marked improvement from his opening round of 77 for a two-day total of 149, and the 18-year old amateur has made it clear that despite not making the cut, the tournament was a great experience altogether.

“These two days have really been an eye-opener for me, playing along with all these pros from all over the world. The precision with which they execute their game is something that I will take from them as I look to one day make it to that level.”

Burrowes, who will be attending the Florida Atlantic University in August to take up a golf scholarship, says he is encouraged, following his three birdies in his final round.

“Playing in this event has shown me that I am not far off from making it into the professional ranks. After I complete my four years at college, I want to become the first home-grown Jamaican player to play on the PGA tour and also win a Major.”

The former Hillel academy student credits local coach Jason Lopez for teaching him everything he knows on the golf course.

“Coach Lopez has really helped me to where I am at today, and he is my coach for life, I have been playing since I was six years old, and he has taught me everything I know to this point. Hopefully, one day, I can make him and my family proud on the professional circuit.”

Burrowes, who is the current Caribbean junior champion, recently won the Jamaica Pro Series event to qualify for the PGA Latinoamerica BMW Jamaica Classic.

Meanwhile, Jamaica’s Ian Facey ended Round 2 of the championship following a 6 over par 78. Facey’s total of 153 was good enough for 137th place.

In the meantime, American Evan Harmeling took over the lead late yesterday heading into Saturday’s third round. The Boston native racked up six birdies to be 12 under par.

Guatemala’s José Toledo had a stellar round, amassing seven birdies and an eagle in his 8 under par round of 64 to lie second with a total of 133.