Emily Mayne and Mattea Issa shine for Jamaica on penultimate day of Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championship

By Sports Desk June 29, 2022

Emily Mayne and Mattea Issa topped their respective age groups as Jamaica enjoyed a good day two at the 34th Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championship being staged in Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

Mayne posted the best score of all the women in the competition, carding a one-under par 70 to top the 18 & Under age group.  Her two-day total was 144 putting her four strokes ahead of her nearest rival Holly McLean of the Cayman Islands (148).

However, it wasn’t all good news for Jamaica as Eryn Blakely shot a 91 for a combined score of 171 and is currently tied for seventh.

Meanwhile, Issa took the lead in the 15 & Under category from the day-one leader, her teammate Samantha Azan. Issa is tied with Krishny Elwin of Puerto Rico following a score of 75 for a two-day total of 151. Elwin scored even par 72 on the day.

Azan slipped to fourth after scoring a 79 for a combined total of 153 but is just two strokes off the lead.

Alessandra Coe, the lone competitor in the 13 & Under group is eighth after posting 99 on the second day for a two-day total of 202.  Her group is led by Ava Savedra of Puerto Rico who ended the second day on 161 after scoring 72 on the day.

On the boys’ side, Ryan Lue moved up to fourth in the 15 & Under category after shooting a 76 for a two-day total of 159, 10 strokes off the lead held by Huerto Rodrigo of the Dominican Republic.

Aaron Ghosh also moved up the table after shooting 80. His overall score of 171 has him in 10th place, up from 15th after the opening day.

Lek Drummond slipped from 13th place to 16th place after posting a score of 96.

Rocco Lopez, meantime, inched up one place to seventh on the back of seven-over-par 78 and 156 overall. He trails Puerto Rico’s Kelvin Hernandez, who shot three under par 68 for a combined total of 141.

Trey Williams and Aman Dhiman are in 12th and 13th, respectively.  Williams scored 80 for a two-day total of 162 while Dhiman scored 83 for 163.

In the 13 & Under category, Shasa Redlefsen and Kemari Morris maintained their eighth and ninth places, respectively.  Redlefsen scored 87 for a two-day score of 177 while Morris shot an 89 for an overall score of 180.

The leader in that group was Evan Pena of Puerto Rico on 147 on the back of his 74 on the second day.

Coach Jason Lopez was upbeat about the team's improved scores on the second day of the competition.  "Today was a good day for the team.  Generally, I think the team scored more points overall than it did yesterday (Tuesday), and we are of course hoping that will move us into second place over the Dominican Republic,” he said.

 Thursday's third and final day will determine the winners of the age group categories and the overall country winner.

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