The second round of the 32nd Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships (CAJGC) is in the history books, and The Bahamas sits in third. The three-day event wraps up today on the Albany Golf Course at the Albany Resort in southwestern New Providence.
Jamaica moved from a tie for second to a tie for first with Puerto Rico. They both have a score of 96 after two days of competition. The Bahamas has a score of 87.
It is a close race to call in the 15-and-under girls age group as one stroke separates the two top competitors – Bahamian Sophie Anand and Jamaica’s Emily Mayne. Anand holds the lead with a one under-par over the first two rounds. She shot a two over-par 74 in the second round yesterday after shooting an impressive three under-par 69 on Wednesday.
Mayne shot even par in both rounds and her total is even par after two rounds of play.
Today’s round is expected to be a nail-biter between these two competitive junior golfers.
Sitting in third behind Anand and Mayne is the Cayman Islands’ Holly McLean with a total score of five over par.
Anand’s teammate Kyndall Campbell is in eighth place with a 41 over-par total score. In the second round she improved, shooting a 19 over-par 91. She shot a 22 over-par 94 in the first round.
In the 15-and-under boys category, Bahamian Heathcliffe Kane is tied with Jamaica’s Rocco Lopez for fourth place. Kane had a tough day as he fell off a little after a six over-par 78 on day one. He ended yesterday with a score of 10 over-par 82. His total over the two days is 16 over-par.
Taking the lead in that category is Caymanian Justin Hastings with a combined seven over-par after a spectacular one over-par 73 yesterday.
Kane’s two teammates, Benjamin Knowles and Zion Taylor, are in 13th and 15th place respectively.
After shooting a 25 over-par 97 in the first round, Knowles returned and shot five over-par in the second round. He has a total score of 30 over-par 97, tied with Jamaica’s Matthew Grant.
Taylor also improved from the first round. In that round he shot 18 over-par 90. He improved in the second round, shooting 13 over-par 85. His total after the two rounds is 31 over-par.
Puerto Rico’s Gustavo Rangel Badillo dropped to second after shooting nine over-par. His total score after round two is 10 over-par.
Gustavo Belardo, Badillo’s teammate, is in third place after repeating his round one score of seven over-par 79. He has a total score of 14 over-par.
After a six over-par, Bahamian Diego Azar shot a three over-par 75 in the 11-13 boys age group yesterday to maintain a lead heading into the final round. He equalled his round one performance with that score. On the front-nine he scored a 36 and on the back-nine he scored a 39.
He had a birdie on three holes – three, seven and 11.
The 13-year-old separated himself from Puerto Rico’s Daniel Belrado who ended the day 10 over-par 82. Azar now has a seven-stroke lead over Belrado. The Turks and Caicos’ Kurt Rivers had a better second round to end the day six over-par 78. He sits in third place with a total score of 19 over-par.
Bahamian Tyesha Tynes sits in fifth place in the 11-13 girls division with a total score of 42. It was a rough second round for her as she shot a 27 over-par 99. She shot a 25 over-par 88 in the first round. She will look to improve today, trying to improve her position.
Leading that age group is Puerto Rico’s Camila Negroni with a total score of 18 over-par, looking like she might walk away as the winner in that category.
Sitting 15 strokes behind Negroni is Jamaica’s Winni Lau with a score of 33 over-par. Jade Blakeley, from Barbados, is in third with a score of 38 over-par.
Bahamian Haylie Turnquest improved her score by 10 to sit in fourth in the 18-and-under girls category. Her teammate in that category, Ashley Michel, is tied for fifth with Puerto Rico’s Camila Robles.
After a 16 over-par 88 score in the first round, Turnquest improved her score in the second round with a six over-par 78. Her total score at the end of the second round is 22 over-par.
Michel had a bigger improvement in the second round, scoring eight over-par 88. She scored 19 over 91 in the first round. Her score at the end of both rounds is 27 over-par.
Barbados’ Emily Odwin has the lead in that division with a total score of seven over-par. Jamaica’s Hannah Foster is second with a 10 over-par. Sitting in third place with a total score of 15 over-par is Trinidad and Tobago’s Yeji Lee.
On the boys side in the 18-and-under category, Bahamians Saketh Hedge and Dominic Grieves ended the day in seventh and 15th position respectively.
Hedge has a total of 18 over-par over the first two rounds. He shot 12 over-par 84 in round two after shooting six over-par 78 in the first round.
Grieves’ second round was not very good to him. He shot 49 over-par 121. He had a flat first round also, scoring 33 over-par 105. He heads into the third and final round with a total score of 82 over-par.
Jamaica’s Justin Burrows has the lead in that age category with a total score of one under-par. Puerto Rico’s Andres Aranguren is a close second with a one over-par. The Cayman Islands’ Aaron Jarvis sits in third place with a score of three over-par.
Individual winners and the best team will be crowned at the end of the competition today.
Participating countries at the tournament are Barbados, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, the Turks and Caicos Islands and host nation, The Bahamas.