Friday 14 August, 2020

Jamaica Open in major doubt because of lack of sponsorship

American Patrick Cover in action during the 2019 staging of the Jamaica Open at the Tryall Golf Course in Hanover. Cover won the title.

American Patrick Cover in action during the 2019 staging of the Jamaica Open at the Tryall Golf Course in Hanover. Cover won the title.

The Jamaica Golf Association's (JGA) biggest event on the calendar - the Jamaica Open -  could be threatened this year because of a lack of funds.

JGA president Peter Chin said his organisation is yet to secure sponsorship for the 2020 edition of the tournament, which is slated for November at the Tryall Golf Club in Hanover.

The three-day event, which was sponsored by the Alacran Foundations last year, is likely to be called off if the JGA is unable to get the much-needed funds to host the 53rd edition of the prestigious tournament.

"We were discussing with Alacran again and other sponsors and then COVID hit so we are stuck right now. We have set a target where we are trying to get sponsors by the end of July so that we can notify players so that they can make their plans," said Chin.

Just over 100 golfers, including 70 overseas professionals,  took part in last year’s tournament and Chin said that almost all of the players have indicated that they will return.

"We surveyed with all the players that participated last year and most of them said they want to return to Jamaica to play so it is important that we get the necessary sponsorship quickly and from that standpoint, we can show that Jamaica is open for golf as a tourist destination once again," Chin said.

The president further said that the Tryall Club has given its commitment to host the event once the go-ahead is given.

Jamaican Justin Burrowes won the 2019 amateur section while American Patrick Cover secured the pro title.

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