Appleton, JMMB square off in LIME Cup
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
The Jamaica Golf Association-sanctioned second annual LIME Cup team-play golf championship will tee off today, weather permitting, at the Caymanas Golf and Country Club, St Catherine, starting at 8:30 a.m.
The monthlong championship, which was scheduled to start last weekend but had to be postponed due to the inclement weather, will see defending champions and No.1 seed, Buccaneers of Appleton Estate, going up against Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB) Eagles in the feature clash of the day.
Other showdowns will see last year's runners-up and No.2 seed, Advantage Generals, locking horns with Pure Country Springs, and newcomers LIME Lions facing SportsMax Max Pak.
In the feature, the Buccaneers, who are one of the early favourites to take the title, will look to national representatives Wayne Chai Chong, Rory Jardine, Robert Chin, and Jody Barrow to get them off to a winning start.
The JMMB Eagles, on the other hand, who were one of the least fancied teams last year and finished down the pack, will be seeking to net an upset, and will aim to do so through their national representatives Fabian Campbell, Tommy Lee, Anthony Ziadie and Maggy Lyn.
"This is the kind of first-round matchup you would want to taste," said Buccaneers captain Metry Seaga.
"I know the JMMB are well accomplished, and I expect a tough fight come Saturday."
Eagles captain, Guyana Arscott, in the meanwhile, said his team was happy to be playing the reigning champions first up.
"Last year, the Buccaneers were overwhelming favourites, and this year they would like to believe they are that again. But our aim is clip their wings," said Arscott.
"Our team is stronger than last year and, as such, we are happy we got them first. They should be the toughest to beat, and if we are able to dispose of them early in the competition we should have our tails high," he added.
The championship will be played over four men's handicap flights, 0-6, 7-11, 12-17, and 18-plus, and an open female segment.
Each team comprises 15 players - 12 men and three women.
The event, which will be staged over four rounds, will see the second round being held on October 18 at the Upton Golf Club in St Ann, the third at Cinnamon Hill Golf Course in St James on October 24, and the fourth and final leg back at the Caymanas Golf Club on November 14.