Thomas DeMarco, Patrick Cover share lead on shortened first day of Alacran Jamaica Open

By December 13, 2019
Thomas DeMarco during Thursday's first day of the Alacran Jamaica Open. He shares the lead with Patrick Cover as both men shot three-under-par 69s. Thomas DeMarco during Thursday's first day of the Alacran Jamaica Open. He shares the lead with Patrick Cover as both men shot three-under-par 69s.

Canadian Thomas DeMarco and American Patrick Cover were at the top of the leader on Thursday shortened day of play at the Alacran Jamaica Open at Tryall in Hanover.

Both men shot three-under-par 69s to complete their rounds before bad light forced an end to play on the day.

Poor light at 5:50 pm forced the suspension of play with five groups of golfers still on the course. They will complete their rounds at 6:30 am Friday and will begin their second-round play at 8:30 am, in order to not have a repeat of day one’s aborted play.

The best-placed Jamaica professional, Wesley Brown, was three shots off the pace at an even-par 72.

Meanwhile, defending champion Hernan Borja of the USA shot a 73 and tied for ninth with four other golfers.

DeMarco, 22, who was playing in the tournament for the first time, was pleased with his performance though the conditions were brutal for golf.   "It was really fun. I woke up this morning and it was really windy and I accepted the challenge and had some fun with it,” he said.

“I played 17 holes of some of the best golf I could play and I just had a couple of bad shots on one hole and made a triple but other than that I played very good considering the conditions, ‘cause this is not an easy course in the wind ‘cause its really tight but it was fun. I enjoyed it.”

The best performing amateur was Robert Owen of the USA.

"I was very happy I played.  I hit the ball very well, made some good putts but overall a really good round," said Owen, who knows the course well having been playing it for the past five years.

The field of 96 golfers includes 71 professionals and 25 amateurs. One golfer withdrew after falling ill while playing.

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