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Jamaica tied for lead on Day 2 at golf tourney

Published:Friday | July 26, 2019 | 12:51 AMLennox Aldred/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s junior golfers responded well on Day Two of the 32nd Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championship being played at the Albany Golf course in The Bahamas as they are tied for first place, along with Puerto Rico, heading into today’s third and final day.

The Jamaicans added another 52 points for a total of 96, same as Puerto Rico, with host The Bahamas in third position on 87 points, Trinidad and Tobago fourth on 64 points, Barbados fifth with 59 points, Cayman Islands 6th on 54 points, Turks and Caicos seventh on 15 points with the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico yet to register a point.

Jamaica’s day-two charge was led by captain and defending champion Justin Burrowes, who carded the only under-par round of 71 in the category. Burrowes’ effort was one shot better than his opening round 72. He sank four birdies and had two bogeys in the round. His total of 143 leads the Boys’ 18 and under category. Puerto Rico’s Andrés Arangurán is two shots off the lead.

Compatriot Jack Stein lies in sixth position following his second-round 80 for a total of 157, while Sebert Walker Jr is tied for ninth with a total of 163.

On the female side, Hannah Foster occupies second place following her round of 78 for a 154 total. She trails Emily Odwin of Barbados, who leads with a total of 151. Jamaica’s Katherine Lee is in eighth place with a score of 203.

The Boys’ 15 and under category saw Jamaica’s Rocco Lopez tied for fourth following his second-round 77. His total of 160 is nine shots off the lead held by Cayman’s Justin Hastings.

Teammate Tristan Brown, with a score of 162, is in eighth place.

Female Scores

In the female equivalent, Jamaica’s Emily Mayne shot another even-par round 72 for a total of 144 to trail leader Sophie Anand of The Bahamas by one shot. Erin Blakely lies in fifth place with 159.

Jamaica’s Aman Dhiman improved on his first-round score of 86 by two shots to be tied for fourth with a total of 170 in the boys’ 11 to 13 category. Trey Williams occupies seventh position with a total of 173 behind eventual leader Diego Azar of The Bahamas with 150.

The girls’ equivalent sees Winnie Lau holding down second spot as she followed up her first-round 87 with a second-round 90 for a total of 177. Mattea Issa is in fourth position with a total score of 184.

National coach Jason Lopez was pleased with his team’s effort heading into the final day.

“We made up a lot of ground today. All our players gave it their all, and I am superexcited heading into the final day as we believe we are in a good position to challenge Puerto Rico for the team title,” Lopez said.