Junior Dinesh Jackree led the way after day one of the Republic Bank-sponsored Caribbean Junior Golf Open in the 16-17 boys category yesterday at the St Andrew’s Golf Course in Moka. Jackree , the defending champion, shot an even par 72 gross and has a one stroke lead over Ross Cabral.
National golfer Wan Ju Lee follows in third with his 75. There will be a new champion in the girls 16-17 girls age group as two-time champion Christina Ferreira has now aged out of junior golf . Sabrina Chan leads the way with a 98 from Barbados’ Tommi-Ann Grant who shot a 99.
Liam Bryden’s 79 leads the boys 14-15 category followed by James Arandia who shot an 80. Varun Singh is in third place with an 83. Sol Joanni from the Leewards golf club had to be disqualified as he unfortunately signed an incorrect card.
In the Girls 14-15 category, another close battle is developing between Ana Ferreira who fired an 82 and Sabrina Mitchell who had a round of 83. Kei Harris from Jamaica is in third place after her 18 holes took 87 strokes.
The Boys 11-13 category is led by two Jamaicans, Justin Burrows after a solid round of 73 is followed by countryman Jack Stein on 78. Dominican Republic’s Tony Kim shot 84 and Iz Hustler is in fourth with 85. The Girls 11-13 division seems to have turned into a two-way battle between Yae Eun Kim with a 81 and Serena Mackenzie who shot 82.
The highlight of the day was a hole in one on the 5th hole by Daronhil Mauricette.
There a 4 Juniors from Jamaica, 4 from Dominican Republic, 4 from Barbados and 6 from St Lucia competing this year. A total of 112 juniors are competing this year.
Today marks the start of a new tournament, the Trinidad Cup which is a 36 hole tournament for juniors who are 10 & Under. This year marks the 13th consecutive year of sponsorship by Republic Bank and the fourth in successive years as the Republic Bank Caribbean Junior Open Golf Championships.