Morris, Munn-Barrow & Boyd prevail in JGA National Senior Trials

Latest Jamaica News (McKoy’s News):  JGA National Senior Trials Sean Morris took the Men Senior category by just one stroke; the Ladies category went to Jodi Munn-Barrow by a whopping 13 strokes while Mike Boyd grabbed the Men Super Senior category by three clear strokes.  The three-day Jamaica Golf Association (JGA) National Senior Trials which ended on Sunday at the Caymanas Golf Club will be used to select the Jamaica team to the Caribbean Golf Association Four-Ball Championships in Florida from October 9-12.

Morris threw down three double bogeys, two bogeys along with just one birdie on the third and final day to post a seven over par 79 for a combined three-day ten over par 226.  The double bogeys were shot on holes number 7, 11 and 18 while the birdie was posted on hole number 6.

“Trials is always a very difficult event to play.  The best golfers in Jamaica are flexing their muscles, as such the competition is very fierce.  It’s probably one of the hardest tournament that we as amateurs in Jamaica will ever play even when we travel.” according to Morris.  He was however pleased with the back to back win coming off last weekend’s JGA Independence Classic.  “I am happy with the win.  I am always happy with the win.  I am not happy with the execution of some of my shots, there’s a lot of room for improvement and as such I have to go back to the drawing board.”

Morris was tracked closely by Dr. Mark Newnham who scored 5 over par 77 for a three-day total of 227.  His scorecard showed two double bogeys, one bogey and two birdies on the back nine which saw a heavy downpour of showers at about hole number 13 but which blew over before the golfers got to hole number 18.

The top five in the Men Senior category was completed by John O’Donoghue 236, Philip Prendergast 237 and Greg Chong 239 who squeaked into the top five after being in last place on day one.

Ladies winner Jodi Munn-Barrow extended her lead to 13 strokes over the steady shooting Maggie Lyn.  Both Ladies ended on 230 and 243 respectively after shooting 78 and 81.  Munn-Barrow who has been representing Jamaica for thirty-two years, was one of three golfers who posted scores in the seventies all three days and the only female to do so, with scores of 75, 77 and 78.  Regarding the trials she said “it was good.  I wish I was a little more consistent, I think I lost some shots around the greens but overall I was pleased with how I played so I am overall happy.”  She promised that the ladies will do well in the October tournament.  The third competitor in the Ladies category – Alison Reid who is responsible for the JGA’s Junior golf programme shot 97 for a three-day total of 294.

Mike Boyd and Bert Tomlinson who competed in the Men Super Senior category started the third round on 157 each but Boyd muscled his way to 80 while Tomlinson was three strokes back on 83, thereby giving the win to Boyd.  Boyd had no birdies on the day while Tomlinson had three but suffered from 2 double bogeys, a five over par 9 on hole number 7 and 5 bogeys.

Boyd said that the rain affected him but he was pleased with winning the category “honestly my club slipped because we didn’t get it covered properly so on a par 5 that I usually probably would be on for about 2 or 3 I ended up making a bogey.  It was a little bit frustrating there cause par 5s are usually holes that I make birdies or par cause I hit the ball long but I recovered and you have to trust your feeling and work with the caddie that you are working with because they help to calm you down sometimes when you get a little erratic.  I missed a few short putts but I did enough to win and it was ok.”

Completing the top five in that category were Robert Chin 240, Dorrel Allen 241 and George Hugh 243.  Peter Chin, the JGA president was four strokes back on 247 in 6th place after shooting 83 on the final day.

Chin was very pleased with the level of competition during the trials.  He indicated that Jamaica will be able to send a full team to the championships this year.  He was also expecting the Jamaica team to do well especially since they will have ample time to prepare for the championships.  He said “we are definitely fielding a full team and we are hoping to do better than last year.  Last year we didn’t have a full team, we didn’t have any ladies at all so hopefully with the ladies coming back this year we will do well in the overall championship.”

Jamaica will be competing for six trophies, three for the men, two for the women and a country trophy.  The men’s trophies are Ramon Baez Romano (Men 35+) , Francis & Steele-Perkins (men 50+), and the Higgs & Higgs (men 60+).  The Ladies will vie for the Maria Nunes (ladies 35+), and the Dessie Henry (ladies 50+), while the overall country winner will take home the Ambrose Guthrie Cup.

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