CONCACAF Olympics qualifiers under way - St Kitts and Nevis hope to spring surprise

By Lance Whittaker July 17, 2019

St Kitts and Nevis target finishing above Jamaica in CONCACAF Olympic qualifiers.

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    President of the Jamaica Golf Association Peter Chin said he expects more players to register before Wednesday’s tee-time.

     "The entries are going very well. The golf course is in pristine condition and all the behind-the-scenes work is going very well and on target,” he said “

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