BMW Jamaica Classic tees off May 13-19

By Sports Desk April 01, 2019

Kingston, Jamaica: A strong field of 144 top golfers from the Americas will once again visit Jamaica’s shores as the third staging of the BMW Jamaica Classic, the fifth stop on the PGA LatinoAmerica tour, tees off in Montego Bay from May 16 to 19. 

The tournament will be played at Cinnamon Hill Golf Course. Originally designed by Hank Smedley in 1969, the 6,828-yard par-72 was redesigned by Robert Von Hagge & Rick Baril in 2001.

Winding its way along the sparkling shores of the turquoise Caribbean Sea and through the lush green mountain terrain of its demanding back nine, Cinnamon Hill's diverse elevations combine the best of both links and inland golf.

The top players on the tour will be chasing a US$31,500 first prize from a US$175,000 purse as well as points towards the Order of Merit. In 2018, 41 of the leading 50 players on the Order of Merit were part of the BMW Jamaica Classic. The BMW Jamaica Classic will see a Qualifier on May 13, a welcome reception on May 14, the Pro-Am on May 15 and the Jamaica Classic from May 16-19.

The tour has, in the past, attracted players from over 20 countries, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, England, Finland, Jamaica, Mexico, Monaco, Norway, Puerto Rico, Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, United States, and Venezuela.

Jared Wolfe, a Louisville, Kentucky native, created history as the winner of the inaugural Classic in 2017. With 267 points, Wolfe finished one ahead of Gerardo Ruiz and Jose de Jesus Rodríguez. Another American, Michael Buttacavoli, shot a 21 under par 195, including a course-equaling 10 under par 62, in the third round to win the rain-shortened second staging of the BMW Jamaica Classic in 2018.

Jamaica is the 17th country and the first English-speaking Caribbean nation to host an official PGA TOUR of the Latinoamérica event. The BMW Jamaica Classic is hosted by SportsMax and sponsored by The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), Iberostar Resorts and Cinnamon Hill. Interested candidates for the Pro Am and Qualifiers can contact Tanya Lee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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