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Fifth place finish for The Bahamas

The Bahamas’ junior national golf team wrapped up play in the 2018 Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships (CAJGC) at the Caymanas Golf and Country Club in St. Catherine, Jamaica, on Friday, collectively earning a fifth place finish for the country in the race for the Hank James Trophy.

There were eight countries participating in the 27th annual tournament this year – The Bahamas, Barbados, the Cayman Islands, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos and Trinidad and Tobago.

In the 18-and-under boys category, The Bahamas placed 12th and 15th out of 18 competitors. Cameron Wiley and Xavier Robinson represented The Bahamas in this category. Riley placed 12th after he carded an 84 to end the day at 12-over. This was his worst outing of the tournament, as he had already shot 81 and 77. He ended the tournament at 26-over par. He had seven bogeys and three double bogeys.

Robinson saved his best play for the last day, as he shot an 85 to end the day at 13-over. Despite shooting his best day of the tournament, Robinson placed 15th with a total score of 45-over.

First place in this age category was Jamaica’s Justin Burrowes. His total score was 7-over par. The Dominican Republic’s Juan Delgado was second with an 11-over par. Burrowes’ teammate, Jack Stein, finished third with a total score of 12-over.

In the 18-and-under girls, Haylie Turnquest placed fifth out of nine competitors. She ended the championship with a 33-over par. She was 8-over on the final day. That was her best score of the championship. She hit a birdie on her second hole of the day.

Winning her category was Puerto Rico’s Valeria Pacheco. She ended the championship with a score of 10-over. Jamaica’s Kei Harris came second after scoring a total of 14-over. Rounding out the top three was the Dominican Republic’s Maria Sanchez. She scored 23-over for the tournament.

Saketh Hegde and Dominic Grieves were the two Bahamians in the 15-and-under boys category. There were 19 competitors in this category.

Hegde cracked the top 10, placing 10th. He finished the day with an 11-over and finished with a 30-over total score. He finished the tournament with an 83 on the final day.

Grieves finished 14th. He finished the tournament with a score of 49-over par. He had a stroke total of 92 on the final day, his worst of the tournament. He finished 20-over par on the final day.

That category had a tie for first. The Cayman Islands’ Aaron Jarvis and Puerto Rico’s Diego Saavedra both finished five-over par for the tournament after scoring even par on the final day.

Third place went to the Dominican Republic’s Julio Rios. He ended the tournament with a score of nine-over par.

The Bahamas had its best finish in the 15-and-under girls category as Ashley Michel finished tied with Trinidad and Tobago’s Yeji Lee for third. Sophie Anand, the other Bahamian in that category, was fifth. There were 12 competitors in this category.

Michel finished with a total score of 31-over par. She had 86 strokes on the day, her worst round of the tournament. Her 79 strokes in round one helped her to maintain her top three position.

Anand finished with a 32-over par, barely missing out on a top three finish. She ended the final round with a score of 11-over par.

Barbados’ Emily Odwin won the category with a total score of 19-over par. The Dominican Republic’s Yae Eun Kim was second with a total score of 25-over par.

Matthew Deveaux was the lone Bahamian competitor in the 11-13 boys category. He brought up the rear, despite having his best round of the tournament on the final day. He had 92 strokes to finish 20-over par on the day. His total score of the tournament was 82-over.

Jamaica won that category as Rocco Lopez finished the tournament with a score of 14-over par. Trinidad and Tobago’s Chris Richards was second. Finishing third was Puerto Rico’s Kelvin Hernandez. He scored +20.

The lone Bahamian competitor in the 11-13 girls category was Tyesha Tynes. Tynes finished with a total score of 86-over par. That was good enough to place her ninth out of 12 competitors. Tynes finished the final round 33-over.

The Cayman Islands’ Holly McLean won that category, ending her tournament total score on 30-over. In second place was Jamaica’s Emily Mayne, who finished with a total score of 39-over par. Puerto Rico’s Angelis Rivera and the Dominican Republic’s Camila Yoo tied for third with a total score of 47-over par.

The Bahamas Golf Federation (BGF) will now prepare a team for the 62nd Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships, which will be held from July 30 to August 3, at the North Sound Golf Club in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.

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