Justin Burrowes came home to defend his Alliance Buccaneer Memorial Golf Tournament title, but it was not to be as William Knibbs dominated the golfers from day one to win the championship. Burrowes ended in fourth position after scoring 76 and 75 for a two-day total of 151 or eight strokes behind Knibbs.
Knibbs led the Men & Men Senior (0-6 handicap) category on day one after being only one of two golfers to score 71 or one under par. The other golfer (Lloyd Campbell) played in the professional section. Knibbs posted even par 72 on day-two for a combined total of 143 or one under par over the two days. His total included two birdies, one eagle, two bogeys and one double bogey.
He was pleased with his performance in the tournament which he has not won for a while. According to Knibbs “I was really happy with the win this weekend because it validated the hard work that I have been putting in for the past few weeks. I’d been struggling somewhat with my game for the last few months, so it was just nice to be able to pull off all the shots in competition.”
National Amateur golf champion Sean Morris recovered from sixth position on the first day to grab second place overall after scoring 77 and 70 respectively on day one and two. His tournament total was 147. He was one of three golfers who shot two under par 70 on the second day. The other two golfers (Wesley Brown and Sean Green) competed in the professional section.
The winner of the professional section was Wesley Brown who also came home to compete in the tournament. He shot 73 and 70 for the win. Sean Green (147) just four strokes behind Brown in second place. He had scores of 77 and 70 over the two days. First day leader Lloyd Campbell scored 71 and 77 for a combined score of 148 and placed third. The professional section was added to the tournament this year after a long lay-off.
Perennial female winner Jodi Munn-Barrow played consistently to score 76 on both days (152) to take the Ladies category. She said that the conditions were good for golf on the weekend but was rough in some areas. Michelle Gabay scored 88 and 81 for the two days (169) for second spot.
The Men & Men Senior (7-12 handicap) went to Philip Gooden who carded 77 and 82 for total score of 159. Second placed Luke Lindo was seven strokes behind on 166 after scoring 83 on both days. Kristian Chin 167 grabbed the third spot with scores of 82 and 85.
First day leader in the Men Super Senior (7-12 handicap) section, Dorrel Allen dropped to sixth at the end of the two days with a combined total of 162. He shared the sixth position with Peter Chin – president of the Jamaica Golf Association.
The category winner was former JGA president Wayne Chai Chong with scores of 80 and 74 (154). Robert Chin was second on 155 (81, 74) while Teddy Alexander took the third spot on 158 (77, 81).
Several juniors did well during the tournament including Ryan Lue 78, Aman Dhiman 83, Matthew Grant 86, Trey Williams 88, as well as Mattea Issa 91 and Winni Lau 93. The Juniors competed for the Vitoria Marley Trophy (she died in an accident on a golf course).
The two-day tournament is a JGA qualifier as well as a charity fund raiser for the Laws Street Trade Training Centre. The objective for this year is to hand over in excess of one million dollars to the centre to assist with its activities in the downtown area.
This year’s competition was played in the memory of seven of Jamaica’s outstanding past national representatives, namely Milton ‘Buddy’ Josephs, Izette Rhone, Lenan Lennie Chin, John Fulford, Al Chong, Claude Stewart and Mark Chin – former captain of the Buccaneers.
The awards presentation ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, November 30 at the Caymanas Golf Club in St. Catherine, (the venue for the tournament).