Recently crowned national amateur golf champion William Knibbs recorded a score of five over par 77 to take the early lead in the two-day Emancipandence Golf Classic at the Caymanas Golf Club in St. Catherine on Saturday.
He was pleased with his performance, “I played very well today. (The) conditions were tough though, very and windy and in some cases there wasn’t much grass where the ball was situated so it was hard to actually play a good shot. With all that being said I really should have done better. I made a triple bogey on the last hole out of nowhere and that is unacceptable. Caymanas is my home ground and I know that these are parts of the problems that we face when it gets dry at Caymanas. My expectations for tomorrow are to just overcome the mistakes that I made today.”
Defending champion and former national amateur golf champion Sean Morris who went into the tournament with high expectations had a rough day on the course. He shot nine over par 81 to currently lie in 3rd position behind Dr. Mark Newnham who posted 78 or six over par.
According to Morris, “I had a rough day today. Shot 81, irons were just all over the place, wasn’t steady. (I) wasn’t accustomed to the greens being so firm, also missing the greens and I wasn’t converting the chips and the pitches from around the green. (I was) just out of sorts, not sharp. The wind blow also in a very weird fashion, not customary at Caymanas and the wind have me second guessing myself. All in all didn’t execute well today. Not tournament sharp.” He attributed this to having had to take time off from preparing for the tournament after the national championship which he played with an injured finger. He contends that it is not completely healed and that it did affect his game as well as the playing conditions.
Radcliff Knibbs is tied for third spot with Sean Morris having also shot 81.
Fourteen-year-old Aman Dhiman played with the big men from the blue tees for the first time. He shot 15 over par 87 for 8th place after day one.
Jodi Munn-Barrow leads the Ladies section after posting 81. She is followed by Jennifer Mendes on 93, Alison Reid 98 and Diane Hudson 99.
The Men Super Senior 0-12 handicap gave a good account of themselves with Wayne Chai Chong 73 posting the best score of all the golfers on the course today. He is followed by Robert Chin on 77 while Mike Bradford shot 79 to be in the 3rd position.
The Men and Men Senior 7-12 handicap is led by Tequan Goodwill 82 and Shamar Wilson also on 82. Barry Eligon 93 is currently in third. Another fourteen year old Trey Williams played with the big men and shot 99 for the fifth spot.
The classic is being contested under new rules that observe physical distancing among the players and as little as possible direct communication. The golfers are not using printed score cards to record or report the scores. They are doing so by way of an app that has been identified for that purpose.