Rocco Lopez Ahead in Sandals Foundation Junior Golf Series

The third match in the Sandals Foundation Junior Golf Series was played on Sunday at the Caymanas Golf Club in St. Catherine, with Rocco Lopez posting the best score of all the young golfers. His par 72 score included five birdies and five bogeys.

Lopez competed in the 15 and Under age group where Aman Dhiman 77 and Matthew Grant 78 and were second and third respectively.

Coach Jason Lopez had high praises for Rocco. He said “Rocco has been playing very well recently.  He won the IMG junior tour event in Port St. Lucea, just north of Fort Lauderdale a few weeks ago.  I think that gave him a nice boost and he’s been playing well for most of the year, and he’s a big kid around 6’2” aready.  He’s playing well and I am very happy for him.”

The coach also said “the 15 and Under boys is kinda shaping up to be very strong for us.  I said to the boys last week that it’s all well and good that one person is shooting in the seventies but we need three guys to shoot in the seventies because as you know the 15 and Under boys is a three-man team, so said so done.  I guess they listened to me a bit so am very happy.”

The top three in the Boys 18 and Under category saw Radino Lobban and Kristian Chin both scoring 84 however Lobban grabbed the top spot by virtue of having a better back nine of 38 to Chin’s 42.  Michael Lowe 92 was third in the category.

Ryan Lue posted the second best score of the day to top the Boys 15 and Under  category.  He scored four over par 76. Aaron Ghosh 98 was a distant second or 22 strokes off the leader while Jerome Thomas 112 was third.

The Girls 15 and Under category went to Emily Mayne who posted 9 over par 81 while Winni Lau scored 103 for second.  Only two girls competed in that age group.

Matte Issa 84, Samantha Azan 100 and Khatri Annoushka 118 were the top three girls in the 13 and Under age group.

The younger and beginner golfers competed as a combined group of girls and boys.  The top three in the co-ed semi advanced group were Kemari Morris 103, Cameron Coe 111 and Matthew Aird 115.

The co-ed intermediate group played nine holes instead of the normal eighteen which the older ones play.  Shasa Redflefsen 50, Jordan Demetrius 51 and Savana Lue 57 captured the co-ed intermediate group.

The final group, the co-ed beginners had two competitors. They were Alessandra Coe 54 and Noah Spence 66.

A total of thirty-five golfers competed in the third match of Sandals Foundation Junior Golf Series on Sunday.

Jason Lopez, the national coach for the juniors spoke after the golfers came off the course. He said “They have been playing really well.  We got to go to three golf courses which is great. Not only is it fun but it exposes the kids to the different conditions which is what we want. It’s good for them cause it helps develop their overall game and we have been having some good scores so that helps as well.”

According to Lopez, the Sandals Foundation Junior Golf Series is part of the overall programme to improve the island’s junior golf as well as to help to prepare the team to take on the Caribbean and win its first junior championship.  The next Caribbean Junior Amateur Golf championship is scheduled for next year in the Dominican Republic. Jamaica placed second in 2018 and 2019.

The next match day will be Saturday December 7 at the Constant Spring Golf Club in Kingston.

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