Friday, February 23, 2018

Kumar, Joanni battling for T&T Open

 TWO 15-year-old juniors lead the way in the 107th Trinidad & Tobago Open that continued on its third and penultimate day yesterday at the St Andrew’s Golf Course in Moka. 

Overnight leader Sachin Kumar  was caught by first-day leader, Tobago junior, Sol Joanni of Leewards GC who today fired the lowest score of the tournament with a fine 69.  

Kumar’s scores to date are 73,72,71, and Joanni has shot 71,76 and 69, both amassing a gross of 216. Senior Dave Rajkumar is in third place with a 221 total.

Kumar leads the way in the Championship flight with his level par total of 216 followed by defending champion Shane Costelloe who has a 223 total after his 71 today. Seventeen year old Wan Ju Lee is one stroke further back on 224 and Clint Alfred and Liam Bryden follow on 225.

First flight leader Joanni had an outstanding score in the third round, shooting a three-below par 69, the lowest score for the Open so far.  Joanni’s three-day total of  216 is 31 strokes ahead of the second-placed Ryan Peters who is another junior and only 14 years old. Teenager Jonathan Mitchell at 249 is tied in third with Omesh Dinanath.

In the second flight, Nandlal Ramlakan from Brechin Castle G.C. is the new leader as he shot an 83 to total 253. The overnight leader Bill Ramrattan came back down to earth today shooting a 96 to be tied second with Tobago’s Samuel Alfred on 255, two shots off the pace.

Leading the way in the Seniors division is Dave “Davy” Rajkumar with a three-day total of 221. He extended his lead over Richard Camacho who trails by 10 shots in second place, with Reynold Deonath a further eight strokes behind.

In the Super Seniors division,  the fierce competition between Tyrone Leong and Monty Chapman continued with Leung shooting 79 yesterday to take a one-stroke lead going into the last day. 

The Trinidad and Tobago Presidents Cup team of Shane Costelloe 71 and Clint Alfred 74 today took a commanding 11-stroke lead over St Kitts  going into the final day. Defending champions Barbados are now in third place, 30 strokes behind the hosts. Team T&T have a three-day total of 448, with St Kitts on 459, Barbados 478 and St Marten on 485.

Once again,  no golfer could sink  the $240,000 prize on offer by Angostura for the first hole-in-one on a par three yesterday. The prize rolls over to today.