A lot at stake as Jamaica Open tees of Thursday

Jamaica Open Golf

More than 100 golfers from nine countries will tee off on Thursday at the prestigious 51st Jamaica Open Golf Championship on at the Half Moon Golf Course in Montego Bay, St James.

The 54-hole contest will conclude on December 9 with the winner claiming US$17,000 of the US$100,000 in prize money on offer but there is also more at stake.

Last season, SportsMax started a programme to invite the top professionals and an amateur to the inaugural PGA Latino America BMW Jamaica Classic. This time around the major incentive of PGA Latino America places is again being offered.

"For the first time this year, the top four, three professionals and one amateur, in this year’s Open will be awarded automatic spots in the 2018 Latino America PGA BMW Jamaica Classic (April 30-May 6) courtesy of SportsMax,” said Jamaica Golf Association President Peter Chin.

Among the field of 105 golfers are multiple PGA winners Fred Funk and Ollin Brown as well as Jene Jones.

The amateurs will include national champion Sean Morris, Jonathan Newnham, Justin Burrowes and Wayne Chai Chong, a former president of the Jamaica Golf Association.

Meanwhile, Spencer Edward, Director of Golf at the Half Moon Golf Course said, "Everything is in place for a successful tournament. The course is in good shape and it is now for the golfers to show their hand."

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