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Trinidad and Tobago had a difficult opening day of the 27th Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships (CAJGC) at Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico yesterday.

Dinesh Jackree had the round of the day for T&T with a level par 72 that put him in second in the Boys 16-17 category behind leader Juan Jose Guerra of the Dominican Republic.

T&T’s Wan Joo Lee, who won the Republic Bank Caribbean Junior Golf Championships in April, lies in third with 77. 

Tobago resident Sol Johanni shot 80 on a windy, hot day at Dorado Beach’s Sugarcane Course.

In the Girls 16-17, Ysabelle Lawrence is in a three-way tie for third with a first round 85, while Ana Ferreira shot 89. Kristina Ortiz of the Dominican Republic is the first round leader with 76.

Liam Bryden’s 74 put him in third place in the Boy’s 14-15 category behind Puerto Rico’s Juan Aldarondo (69) and Rodrigo Sanchez (70) of the Dominican Republic.

Varun Singh totaled 81 and Ryan Peters had 88 competing in the Boys 14-15 category.

Sabrina Mitchell is in third in the Girls 14-15 category, trailing Diana Velez (79) of Puerto Rico. Serena Mackenzie shot 88 in her debut season in this age group.

In the girls 13 and under category, debutant Sarah Ramphal (94) lies in third behind the Dominican Republic’s Maria I. Sanchez (84) and Puerto Rico’s Diana Velez (87). 

Zoe Correia (109) put in a respectable performance in her debut season, after picking up the game only six months ago.

The 13 and under boys duo of Brandon Matabadal (92) and nine-year-old Zico Correia (95) were solid on their CAJGC debuts rounds. Juan Cayro Delgado (72) of Dominican Republic is the 13 and under leader.

T&T will be looking for an improved performance on day two of the championships today. The tournament ends tomorrow.

The junior golfers finished in third position in 2013 behind Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, with three players winning individual titles.

Sachin Kumar, who became the youngest Trinidad and Tobago Open Golf Championship winner in 2014, won the Boys 14-15 category.

Matthew Marquez copped the Boys 16-17 crown, while Christina Ferreira won the girls 16-17 category.

The Trinidad and Tobago junior golf team is supported by Republic Bank, the Stephen Ames Foundation and the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago. 

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