The Bahamas finish fourth in Barbados
The Bahamas’ junior golf team barely missed out on one of the top three spots, finishing fourth at the 24th Annual Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships which wrapped up on Saturday, at the Barbados Golf Club, in Durants, Christ Church, Barbados.
The team finished with 110 points, trailing the Dominican Republic which finished third, with 123 points, Trinidad & Tobago, which came in second, with 133 points, and Puerto Rico, which won its fourth straight Hank James overall trophy and fifth in the past six years, with 167 points. The Bahamas has never won the event.
The highest individual finish for The Bahamas this year was turned in by Lucas Echeverri in the 11-13 Boys division. Echeverri had a three-day score of 237 to trail only the Dominican Republic’s Julian Estevez in that division. Estevez finished with a three-day score of 227, taking the lead on opening day and never looking back. Young Asif Robinson was seventh in that division, with a three-day score of 258. Echeverri was consistent throughout shooting a 78, a 79, and an 80 over the course of the three days, while Robinson shot an 81, an 83 and closed with a 94.
In the 11-13 Girls division, Bahamian Inecia Rolle finished fifth and L’Leah Laing was tied for seventh. Rolle shot an 88 on the first day, fell off to a 95 on the second day, and closed the competition with a 93 in the third round. As for Laing, she opened the competition with a 101, improved to a 95 on the second day, and fell off to a 105 on the third day.
In the 14-15 Girls division, Asiyah Robinson tallied 277 to finish fifth, while Denier Weech had a three-day score of 279 to finish in a three-way tie for sixth. Robinson shot a 93 on the first day and closed with a 92 on both the second and third days. Weech opened with a 95, shot a 93 on the second day, and saved her best for last, with a 91 on the third and final day.
Puerto Rico dominated the 14-15 Boys division as they finished first, second and tied for third. Harrison Collins was the top finisher for The Bahamas in this division as he finished with a three-day score of 242 for 12th place. He shot a 79 on each of the first two days, and closed with an 84. Brian Coakley and Nicholas Knowles finished 17th and 18th respectively, for The Bahamas. Coakley tallied 277, and Knowles had a three-day score of 279. Coakley shot a 97 on the first day, a 95 in round two on the second day, and he finished strong with an 85. Knowles shot a 98 on the first day, improved to an 88 on the second day, and finished with a 93 on the third day.
In the 16-17 Girls division, Taneka Sandiford finished tied for fifth with a three-day score of 261, and her teammate Anjanet Loon finished eighth with a three-day score of 289. Sandiford shot a 95 on the first day, improved that to an 87 on the second day, and saved her best for last as she turned in the best third round of the field with a 79 on the third and final day. Loon scored a 99 on the first day, shot a 92 on the second day and finished with a 98 on the third and final day.
Puerto Rico once again dominated in the 16-17 Boys division as one of their golfers finished first with a three-day score of 220, and the other two finished in a four-way tie for second with scores of 227. Bahamian Benjamin Davis finished 12th in this division, with a three-day score of 241. He had a strong opening round with a 73 on the first day, but fell off miserably with an 82 on the second day, and an 86 on the third day. Rasheed Robinson finished 14th for The Bahamas with a three-day score of 248, shooting an 86 on opening day, a 79 on the second, and an 83 on the third, while his Bahamian teammate Osborne Cooper finished tied for 18th with a three-day score of 261, shooting an 88 on the first day, an 86 on the second, and an 87 on the third,
The Caribbean Amateur Senior Golf Championships will be held from July 31 – August 7, 2011 in Trinidad.