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Ja’s Newnham tops individual field

Published:Friday | July 31, 2015 | 8:21 PMAdrian Frater
Jonathan Newnham

Western Bureau:

Despite shooting a three over par final round, Jamaica's Jonathan Newnham nonetheless emerged as the top individual performer in the 2015 Caribbean Golf Championship Hoerman Cup, which concluded at the Half Moon Golf Course in Montego Bay yesterday.

Newnham, who had one under-par round on Wednesday and Thursday, raised hopes that he would have had a brilliant final round but he was a little off colour yesterday. However, his combined score of 290 (73, 71,71 and 75) was good enough to put him ahead of the Dominican Republic's Radhames Pena who finished two strokes behind the Jamaican.

Besides Newnham, it was a disappointing day for Jamaica from an individual perspective and as a consequence, the Dominican Republic, which had a better all-round team performance, took the team title ahead of Jamaica.

The next best Jamaican was Ian Facey, who shot a lame 78 yesterday, which landed him in 15th place with his scores in the previous three rounds (79, 75 and 78, giving him a combined score of 310. Owen Samuda, Sean Morris and William Knibb took the 18th, 19th and 20th slots.

In addition to Pena, the Dominican Republic's march to the team title which saw them edging Jamaica by two strokes, was also fuelled by decent

finishes by Lino Guerrero and Juan Jose Guerra, who ended sixth and tenth on the individual table.

Dominican Republic had a final combined score of 1210 to Jamaica's 1212 to clinch the team title and left the Jamaicans wondering how things could have been different had Newnham repeated his back to back 71s on Wednesday and Thursday.

In the showdown for the George Teale title, which featured the women, the US Virgin Islands sparkled both individually and as team as they got the individual title through Amira Alexander and the team title with a score of 615, two strokes better than Puerto Rico.

Individually, Madelyn Piccininni was the best Jamaica finisher, ending up in sixth place after shooting 78, which gave her a total score of 322. She shot 81, 85 and 78 in the previous three rounds. Jamaica finished fifth behind the US Virgin Island, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago and the Dominican Republic.