Jamaica strengthens position in bid to defend Four-Ball Championships title in Florida

By Sports Desk October 06, 2022
Jamaica strengthens position in bid to defend Four-Ball Championships title in Florida File

Jamaica seems on course to successfully defend its title at the 2022 Caribbean Golf Association's (CGA) Four-Ball Championship in Florida after improving on its day-one standing at the end of day two.

The 2019 and 2021 champions are atop the leaderboard in four of the five categories at the Golden Palm Golf Course in Florida, up from the lead in three at the end of day one.

"They did well, overall.  Very proud of the effort,” said team coach Jonathan Newnham at the end of play Wednesday.

“The goal is to win the day and today we had the lowest score in all five categories which was great so that's our goal again tomorrow (Thursday).

“If we can win the day, the results will take care of themselves and how do we win the day? By giving maximum effort in every shot. The course is playing a little shorter today, there were more opportunities and I was proud of how we took advantage of them."

At the end of the second round, the pair of Wayne Chai Chong and partner Rory Jardine posted the lowest score of the competition after carding a six-under-par 65 for a two-day total of 140.

They took the lead in the battle for the Higgs & Higgs Cup from joint first-round leaders Fernando Diaz and Arturo Morales of Puerto Rico and Joe Delillipo and Roger Hanson of the Cayman Islands. Robert Chin and Dorrel Allen scored 71 which along with their first-round score of 76 have them at 147 which moved them from seventh to joint-second with two other teams in the category.

 Meanwhile, Philip Prendergast and Owen Samuda continued to lead their group in defence of the Ramon Baez RobertRomano Trophy.  They had the second-best score of the tournament, a 68 for a two-day total of 141.

They lead by four shots over Lynford Miller and Ashley Glinton of the Bahamas who posted 70 for a total of 145.

Dr Mark Newnhan and Michael Gleichman shot 71 for an overall score of 148 which moved them from fifth to third place in the race for the Francis Steel Perkins Trophy.

Metry Seaga and Dave Cameron scored 78 for an overall score of 155. William 'Tommy' Lee and Carlyle Hudson were one stroke back on 156 (78, 78) at the end of the second round.

The category lead was taken over by Rich Hastings and Glen Whenwell of the Cayman Islands, who 71 for a total of 145.

They lead the Jamaican team of Dr. Mark Newnham and Michael Gleichman by three strokes.

Among the women, Jodi Munn-Barrow and Lisa Gardner extended their lead in the Maria Nunes Trophy.

They shot a 76 for an overall score of 154, five strokes ahead of Puerto Rico’s Mara Pagan and Rebekah Alford who ended the second round on 159.

Maggie Lyn and Michelle McCreath will take home the Desire Henry Trophy with a combined score of 167 after two rounds.




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