Wan Ju Lee held his nerve in the playoff of the Boys 16-17 category to win in an exciting end-game at the St Andrew’s Golf Course in Moka yesterday.
Junior Dinesh Jackree, the defending champion for this division of the three-day Republic Bank-sponsored Caribbean Junior Golf Open, hit himself into trouble when he found the trees on his drive from the 18th hole playoff tee that put him off the main fairway.
Jackree was always coming from behind after that stroke as Lee drove controlled down the middle of the fairway to get a good lie on the 18th green.
Lee’s second shot to the hole was pitched perfect and stuck six feet to the right of the pin. After Jackree ended up in the rough, 25 feet to the right of the hole and managed a decent chip shot within five feet, Lee took the measure of his put before walking up and putting directly into hole to win the playoff.
Lee made a quick fist punch to the air to celebrate his triumph and the two players shook hands.
“I was really under pressure because Dinesh (Jackree) was playing really good today but I knew I would have won because I practice a lot for a playoff (situation) so I knew I was gonna win,” Lee said.
Lee and Jackree were tied for 223 after regulation play when Jackree missed a 12-foot putt that would have won him the title by a few inches. Lee sank his putt to send the title decider into a playoff.
Ross Cabral was third on 232.
Sabrina Chan claimed the Girls 16-17 crown while Jamaican Justin Burrowes (240) led a clean sweep by foreigners of the top places in the Boys 11-13 age group.
Dominican Republic’s Tony Kim was runner-up (244) while Burrowes’ teammate Jack Stein finished third on 249. They were three of 17 foreign golfers from Barbados, Jamaica, Dominica Republic and St Lucia who teed off in the competition.
T&T’s Liam Bryden (228) and Ana Ferreira (249) won the Boys and Girls 14-15 divisions
REPUBLIC BANK CARIBBEAN JUNIOR OPEN SCORECARD
TRINIDAD CUP Winner
Thomas Taylor-Cross 170
1.Stephany Kim 240
2.Serena Mackenzie 243
3.Sarah Ramphal 299
1.Justin Burrowes 240 (Jamaica)
2.Tony Kim 244 (Dom Rep)
3.Jack Stein 249 (Jamaica)
1.Ana Ferreira 249
2.Sabrina Mitchell 250
3.Kei Harris 257 (Jamaica)
1.Liam Bryden 228
2.James Arandia 245
3.Marc Maingot 246
1.Sabrina Chan 286
1.Wan Ju Lee 223 (Playoff)
2.Dinesh Jackaree 223
3.Ross Cabral 232
HOLE IN 1 - 1st Day
Daronhil Mauricette – 5th Hole (St Lucia)
HOLE IN 1 - 2nd Day
Sol Joanni – 15th Hole (Tobago)
LOWEST GROSS –
Wan Ju Lee – 223
SPIRIT OF GOLF – Kei Harris (Jamaica)
BEST SCORE OVERSEAS – Stephany Kim (Dom Rep) 240