William Knibbs aiming for the stars after national title
He is one of Jamaica’s brightest young golfing stars who has set his sights on taking the sport to another level.
William Knibbs has been playing golf since he was 11 years old, and now in his 20s, the former Elon University player is eying big things after claiming his first National Amateur Golf Championship last month at the Half Moon Golf course in Montego Bay. He was the only golfer to post an under-par score over the three days the championship. He shot one-under-par 71 on the final day for a combined score of 218 after shooting 73 and 74 previously.
It was sweet revenge for Knibbs who was introduced to the sport by his father Radcliff, an avid amateur golfer.
"The previous year I lost in a play-off to Justin Burrowes and that was pretty heartbreaking to come so close and not win. I came second in this tournament three years straight and I was determined to win", said Knibbs.
Knibbs, who has represented Jamaica at the Caribbean Championship at the junior and senior levels said he had to refocus, which gave him the drive and determination to go out and push for the national title.
"It feels great to finally get over that hurdle, I aim to continue to get better and win more titles."
Winning has started to become part of the young golfer's DNA as the national championship was the third title for Knibbs in less than 12 months, as he won the Alliance Buccaneer Memorial Gold Tournament last November and then the SMS Golf Classics in February just before the coronavirus put a halt to sports globally.
Knibbs is hoping that the purple patch will continue and according to him, the sky is the limit.
“My plans for golf moving forward are to just keep getting better. It would be nice to win the low individual title at the Caribbean Championship next year but we just have to wait and see."
“I don’t know about turning pro just yet as I don’t think I am good enough for that at the moment, so if I get good enough to the point where I think that’s an option then I’ll look into it. Primarily though, my focus is just on how I can improve now.”