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T&T golfers lie sixth in Copa de las Americas

By Kern De Freitas

Trinidad and Tobago's golfers improved their position in yesterday's second round of the 2013 Copa de las Americas, but still remained with the uphill task of getting into contention for a top three spot on the final two days at Doral Golf Resort & Spa Miami's par-723 TPC Blue Monster Course.

T&T jumped one place to sixth from the first day on Thursday, improving on their scores by six strokes to leapfrog Venezuela.

Talin Rajendranath recovered from Thursday's eight-over 80 to post one-over 73, T&T's best score of the day, cancelling out his four birdies with five bogeys, including on holes two and three, and then again on 18.

His men's teammate Matthew Marquez didn't enjoy his first day par performance, enduring three bogeys and a double bogey in the first six holes. He also had three bogeys on the back nine to card a second round 79.

Kelsey Lou Hing was steady to deliver a round of four-over 76 to improve on her first day performance by four strokes, after starting brightly with a pair of birdies on holes three and four.

T&T's fourth team member, Monifa Sealy, was consistent, repeating her first day 78 after a tough start, which included a birdie, three bogeys and a double bogey in the first seven holes.

Leading the tournament are Canada with a gross score of 590, who edged first day leaders Argentina to be ahead by a single stroke. Colombia are two strokes off the lead in third, and Mexico (594) are close behind in fourth.

The tournament continues today and ends tomorrow.

Team standings:

1. Canada (590) 2. Argentina (591) 3. Colombia (592) 4. Mexico (594) 5. USA (597) 6. T&T (618) 7. Venezuela (622) 8. Guatemala (660)

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