BMW Jamaica Classic: Fierce battle fought for final qualifying spots

By Shawana Ebanks May 14, 2019

31 one golfers signed up for Monday's BMW Jamaica Classic qualifiers at Cinnamon Hill.  At the end of the day, only 10 would make it to Thursday's final.

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