Saturday 30 May, 2020

Team Jamaica cops 2nd in Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships

Trenton Weekes, Secretary of the Caribbean Golf Association hands Emily Mayne her 2nd place trophy for the girls 13 & Under competition.

Trenton Weekes, Secretary of the Caribbean Golf Association hands Emily Mayne her 2nd place trophy for the girls 13 & Under competition.

After three exciting days of nail biting competition, Team Jamaica came out with wins in two divisions and copped two 2nd place finishes at the 31st Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships which ended on Friday.

The island's young golfers finished second overall in the competition which was held at Caymanas Golf Club.

It was a tremendous showcase of great promise for the future of young golfers, including females, in Jamaica. Results in the girl's sections included Emily Mayne’s 2nd place finish in the 13 & Under Girls and Kei Harris who not only grabbed 2nd place in the 18 & Under Girls but also took home the Izzy Marley Award for Sportsmanship. Harris is the second Jamaican female to win this award, with Evelyn Lai being the first in 2016. 

Peter Levy of BCIC (the event’s title sponsor) was elated with the outcome.

“Golf affords young people the unique opportunity to build character because they compete against their own weaknesses rather than an opponent,” noted Levy, adding “BCIC hopes that developing this trait will turn out strong future leaders for Jamaica.”

BCIC and JGA have teamed up to raise awareness of golf in Jamaica and also entice females to learn the sport.

The company will be launching a mental coaching programme in support of young Jamaican golfers, ‘Think Like A Champion", as well as a ‘Girls and Golf’ campaign via social media to encourage females to get involved with the sport.

BCIC/JGA will be encouraging high schools to participate in an Inter School Golf Championship, with first time trophies for the top female team and individuals.

BCIC Junior Golf Champs

BCIC/JGA are also developing a mentorship programme for junior girls with current female golfers, and have also pledged to financially facilitate participation in overseas tournaments for these young women. The hole-in-one however, is BCIC’s offer to sponsor a ‘dream golf vacation’ to a world-class golf destination for girls who excel at the sport.

Approximately 86 juniors aged 11 to 18, representing eight countries, participated in three categories {18 & U, 15 & U and 13 & U} in this year's tournament.

The participating nations were Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago and Turks & Caicos. Puerto Rico placed 1st with a score of 143 in the overall competition, their 11th consecutive win; Jamaica placed second with 136 points; Dominican Republic 3rd with 131 points and Trinidad & Tobago 4th.

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