The prestigious 52nd Jamaica Open Golf Championship was launched on Tuesday in the Great House at the Tryall Club in Hanover. The championship will be held between December 11-14 at the Tryall Club golf course for the first time. The championship was last held in 2017 at the Half Moon Golf Course.
The first day of the Open will feature a pro/am tournament with groups of amateurs and a professional golfers to each group in a shotgun start. Following the pro-am tournament will be the official opening in the evening.
The professional golfers will then take to the course on Thursday December 12 in a three-day fifty-four-hole) championship.
The competitors will be mainly from the USA with other golfers coming from Canada, the UK, the Cayman Islands, Antigua, Trinidad and Tobago as well as some of Jamaica’s professional golfers.
The president of the JGA was pleased to be launching the prestigious Jamaica Open for the 52nd time. He said “he Jamaica Golf Association is extremely pleased that we are partnering with Tryall this year to host the Jamaica Open at the Iconic golf course down in Hanover. This year we decided to move it to Tryall because Tryall has been one of the iconic courses in the Caribbean hosting the Johnnie Walker World Championships and a number of other international events, so we thought why not have one of the most prestigious events at one of the most prestigious courses in Jamaica.”
Chin announced that the purse money will be US$100,000 up from US$17,000, due to very favourable sponsorship level this year. He also said that the JGA will maximize the expected full field of one hundred and ten as they are ahead of schedule with over fifty paid registration already.
Rohan Marley, co-chairman of alacran foundation, a major sponsor of Jamaica Open spoke about being on board this year. He said “with Ms. Alessandra LoSavio, the founder of alacran foundation, she’d do anything for the youths of Jamaica, anything that develop athletes, wether its arts or music, she is into doing that. That’s the main focus of why we are sponsoring the golf tournament, to know that there is potential here for young youths to develop their golf skills and not just golf skills but sports in general.”
Ewan Peebles, director of Golf at Tryall said “we are delighted to host the Jamaica Open. It’s the first time we are hosting this event and frankly its overdue. With our history of tournament and championship golf it’s about time we hosted the national open. It will be the first time we have done it and hopefully it will not be the last.”
According the Peebles, the course recently went through a three-year upgrade including installation of a new irrigation system, and is ready to be exposed to the world again. He also said that the course will be open to the public to experience and view the championship golf that will be on display.
The 18-hole, 6836-yard, par 72 course was designed by Ralph Plummer. It is considered to be ‘among the most beautiful golf courses in the world.’ It boasts an array of stunning views, unique natural hazards and challenging greens. Nine holes border the Caribbean Sea while the other nine snake through the hillsides. The course is best known for hosting the Johnnie Walker World Championship between 1991 to 1995. Some of the world re-known golfers to grace the course include Fred Couples, Nick Faldo and Ernie Els.
Hernan Borja won the championship in 2017 with a score of 9 under par 207. The amateur section went to Justin Burrowes who was playing in his first Jamaica Open at sixteen years old. His score was 224 or 8 over par.
The sponsors on board this year’s Jamaica Open include the Tourism Enhancement Fund, Alacran Foundation, the Tryall Club, My Style (Main Event), Sports Development Foundation and the Jamaica Tourist Board.