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The Bahamas finishes seventh at CAGC

The Bahamas’ team at the 63rd Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships (CAGC) had a tough time at the championships as they finished seventh. The event wrapped up at the Casa de Campo’s The Links Course in La Romana, Dominican Republic, on Friday.

The team’s head coach was Anthony Hinsey, vice president of the Bahamas Golf Federation (BGF), and he was assisted by Chowan University’s elite golfer, Bahamian Inecia Rolle.

For the Arthur Ziadie Trophy – given to the best overall country – The Bahamas finished seventh with 22 points, one point under Barbados and two points under the Cayman Islands.

Winning that trophy was Puerto Rico with 55 points. The host nation was second with a score of 53 points. Finishing third was Jamaica with 33 points.

The women’s team finished sixth for the George Teale Trophy – given to the top women’s team. They finished 62-over-par after four rounds. They had a total of 630 strokes. The Bahamas had 158 strokes in both the first and second round. The third round they scored 155 and ended with 159 in the fourth round.

Winning the cup was Puerto Rico. They went eight-over-par 576. The host and Trinidad and Tobago finished tied for second, both going 37-over-par. They ended with 605 total strokes.

Individually, Sophie Anand and Halie Turnquest were the top players for the women’s team. They finished 31-over-par with a total of 315 strokes.

Anand’s score in the individual rounds were 79, 80, 77 and 79. In the third round, she had her only birdie, coming on hole number 13.

This is her first time at CAGC.

For Turnquest, the reigning National Amateur Junior Champion, her scores in the individual rounds were 79, 78, 78 and 80. Overall, she had eight birdies. Four of those birdies came in the third round.

Ashley Michel, who made her second appearance at CAGC, finished 19th as she was 53-over-par 337 at the end of the four rounds. She finished the individual rounds scoring 79, 83, 87 and 88. She had four birdies – two of which were in the first round.

It was a tough four rounds of golf for Jenna Bayles, the 2019 National Amateur Female Champion. She finished at the bottom of the chart, going 62-over-par 346.

Her individual round scores were 85, 92, 88 and 81. She had four birdies – two of them were in the third round.

Puerto Rico’s Yudika Rodriguez finished one-under-par 283.

Over on the men’s side, The Bahamas finished at the bottom of the chart in seventh place. They finished 100-over-par 1236.

In the individual rounds, Team Bahamas went 303, 318, 309 and 306.

Winning that division was the host nation. They finished 17-over-par 1153.

Puerto Rico was second at 37-over-par 1173. Finishing third was the Cayman Islands at 65-over-par 1201.

The top three finishers for The Bahamas were Sebastian Iberri (21), Richard Gibson (23) and Paul Tsavoussis (tied at 25).

Iberri made his CAGC debut at this year’s edition. He finished 24-under-par 306. In the individual rounds, he finished with rounds of 75, 75, 77 and 79.

He ended the tournament with seven birdies, and had three in round two.

For Gibson, he finished 24-over-par 308. He scored 80, 79, 76 and 73 in the individual rounds, and had eight birdies – four in the third round.

Tsavoussis, the reigning National Amateur Male Champion, finished 29-over-par. He started off with a 73 in the first round but ended the other three rounds scoring 80, 79 and 81.

Winning the men’s individual play overall was the Dominican Republic’s Juan Jose Guerra. He was even par with 284 strokes.

He ended the tournament with seven birdies, three apiece in the first and third rounds.

Other Bahamian male players on the team were Oren Butler, Nadario Ferguson and Peter McIntosh.

Butler placed 36th overall and was 40-over-par 324. Nadario Ferguson was tied for 37th overall, finishing one stroke over Butler. McIntosh was 41st overall. He finished 56-over-par 340.

Next up for the BGF is the Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships (CAJGC) to be held here in The Bahamas at the Albany Golf Course from Monday July 22 to Saturday July 27, 2019.

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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