The Bahamas in third at CAJGC

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.

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Simba French

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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