Facey, Newnham on par in LatAm tourney
Shayne Fairman, Gleaner Writer
Emerging golfers Ian Facey (24th) and Johnathan Newnham (50th) put on noteworthy performances at the inaugural Latin America Amateur Championship (LAAC), which was staged at the Pilar Golf Course in Buenos Aires, Argentina last week.
The Jamaican duo secured a fair placing, from a cadre of 223 international golfers, in the January 18-23 event.
By Sunday's climax, Ian Facey was 15 shots off the winner. He tallied 277 points in a three-way tie at that spot.
Facey put in steady play from round one with scores of 68, 77, 75 and 72, respectively.
Matias Dominguez of Chile won the championship with rounds of 72, 65, 69, 71 and an overall score of 277.
Meanwhile, Johnathan Newn-ham hit scores of 73, 77, 79 and 72 in his rounds, while ending with an overall score of 301 and in a four-way tie for 50th.
Twenty-one-year-old Ian Facey has had nine years' golfing experience, despite still being amateur.
"I feel I can perform very well in this field (golf) if I stay focused and trust myself on the course," Facey said.
"I need to gain my full confidence and trust in my game, to start performing at my highest level," he continued.
Facey added that he will be working with a swing instructor and University coach to keep improving, as he has plans to one day turn professional.
Newnham, who is 20 years of age, shared that he was a bit match rusty going into the championship.
"I am excited. It was an amazing opportunity for golfers in the region," he said of the LAAC championship.
Newnham explained that his approach is to improve and work on all facets of his game on different local courses, which will help enhance his ability.
Both golfers were chosen to represent Jamaica based on their performances in counting events over 52 weeks, under the World Amateur Golf Ranking system.