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The Bahamas in fifth at junior golf championships

While most children are at summer school or at different camps, members of The Bahamas’ National Junior Golf team are busy playing in the 2018 Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships at the Caymanas Golf and Country Club in St. Catherine, Jamaica. The tournament began on Wednesday and will end today.

The Bahamas sent a nine-member team to Jamaica for the event. The team includes Cameron Riley, Xavier Robinson, Saketh Hegde, Dominic Greives, Matthew Deveaux, Haylie Turnquest, Ashley Michel, Sophie Anand and Tyesha Tynes. Alena Hutcheson is the manager/coach.

There are six age categories that are competing – 11-13 boys and girls, 15-and-under boys and girls and 18-and-under boys and girls.

There are eight countries participating in the tournament – The Bahamas, Barbados, the Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos and Trinidad and Tobago.

The Bahamas was in fifth in the battle for the Hank James Trophy, given to the overall winner of the championships, after the first round. There was not an updated table up at press time.

In the 18-and-under boys category, Riley sat in ninth after shooting an 81 in the first round on Wednesday. He double-bogeyed hole numbers 11 and 12, and bogeyed on six holes. He was at par on nine holes and birdied hole 15.

In round two yesterday, Riley had a much better day with a 77 to end the day at five-over par. His total score for tournament is 14-over. He sits in eighth out of 18 in his age category. Riley double-bogeyed on holes 10 and 11. He bogeyed on four holes. While he hit par on nine holes the day before, he shot par on seven holes yesterday. He birdied five holes, four more than the day before.

Riley’s teammate in that age category, Robinson, is not having a good tournament. He has a score of 32-over par at the end of the two rounds to sit in 15th.

Puerto Rico’s Melvin Morales sits in first at the end of two rounds. He has a score of seven-over par after scoring three-over in round three.

Jamaica has three players tied for second – Sebert Walker Jr., Justin Burrows and Jack Stein, all at eight-over par after two rounds. Stein shot a very impressive one-under yesterday.

In the 18-and-under girls, Turnquest sits in sixth out of nine competitors after the second round. She ended the day at 13-over par to have a total score of 25-over after the first two rounds. She had a better day yesterday when she had an 82.

Leading the 18-and-under girls category is Puerto Rico’s Valeria Pacheco who scored seven-over yesterday to end with a 10-over par in total. She had a double eagle on the first day.

Jamaica’s Kei Harris is in second place with a 12-over total. She ended the second round eight-over.

The Bahamas has two competitors in the 15-and-under boys category. They are Greives and Hegde.

Hegde is tied for 10th out of 19 competitors after finishing 12-over on the day. Over the two days he is 19-over par. He has a total score of 173 after the first two rounds.

Greives is in 14th place. After two rounds he is 29-over after scoring 17-over par in the second round.

The leader of that age group is Kevin Rodriquez of the Dominican Republic. His score over the two round is three-over par.

Rodriquez scored an impressive two-under par yesterday as he continued his efficiency, shooting a 147 after two rounds.

Representing The Bahamas on the girls’ side in that age group are Anand and Michel.

They are doing well. Michel is third and Anand is fourth.

Michel is at 17-over par at the end of the two rounds. She scored 10-over in the second round, and has shot a 161 in total.

Anand’s total score after two rounds is 21-over par. Yesterday, she shot a 10-over par. She has a stroke total of 165 at the end of two rounds.

The leader in this category is the Dominican Republic’s Yae Eun Kim with a total score of 13-over par. Her score yesterday was seven-over.

The Bahamas has only one competitor in the 11-13 boys category, Matthew Deveaux.

Deveaux is having a hard time as he sits at the bottom of the leaderboard in 15th. He scored a 62-over in total after shooting 27-over in the second round.

Leading his category is Jamaica’s Rocco Lopez. He shot five-over yesterday to get a total of nine-over after two rounds.

On the girls’ side, Tynes is in ninth place out of 13 competitors. She has a score of 53-over after two rounds. Tynes had a tough day yesterday scoring 30-over par. After two rounds she has a total of 197.

Leading her division is the Cayman Islands’ Holly McLean. She has a score of 20-over par at the end of two rounds. In her second round yesterday, she scored a nine-over par. Her stroke total is 164.

Simba French

Sports Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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