Junior golfers hitting the sweet spot

first_imgThe efforts of the Junior Jamaica Golf Association (JGA) and the golf coaches over the last few years are now paying dividends. The Junior Golf fraternity is thriving and preparing well for the international stage.Over the past weekend, the Junior JGA’s second tournament in the Junior Series was held at Constant Spring Golf Club. While this is the home course for many of the juniors, the Junior JGA also supported the participation of players from Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. Thirtytwo Junior golfers between the ages of six and 16 played and brought in some very commendable scores.Players were grouped by age, and tees were set according to international standards. In the Boys’ Under-15 category, Radino Lobban, from St Ann, shot 83 on Day 1 and 76 on Day 2 to win the category overall. Elric Li placed second and Wahid Thomas third.In the Boys’ Under-13 section, Tristan Brown and Rocco Lopez had two days of competitive golf. Brown won on Saturday with a score of 74, while Lopez shot 79. Although Rocco gave away hole 9 on Sunday, with a four putt, he still managed to win for the day with a score of 76. Due to Tristan’s outstanding score on Saturday, he managed to win the category overall by two strokes. Matthew Grant placed third, while Justine McKenzie won the Girls’ Under-13.In the Under-11 grouping, there was an amazing performance by 10-year-old Trey Williams. Williams led his age group with an 88 on Day 1, then outdid himself on Day 2 with an 86. Brady Holmes, aged 10, came second with a 94 on Saturday and an excellent 87 on Sunday, marred only by missing a one-foot putt on the final hole 18 to give Trey the outright win on Day 2. Also in this category, Bjorne Dennis and Sebastian Azan fought it out, but Dennis managed to edge Azan out of third place with one stroke.IMPRESSIVE SCORELek Drummond won the Under-9 category with an impressive score of 42 over nine holes. Mattea Issa placed second with a score of 44, followed by Samantha Azan, who shot 48.The Beginners section had players aged six to eight years, who played nine holes from 100 to 150 yards. Seven-year-old Kemari Morris was the clear winner, shooting 46, with Cillian Hall in second place with a score of 54, and Spencer Taylor shooting 58.This second match in the JGA Junior Series was made possible in part by sponsors of the Alliance Buccaneer Memorial Tournament and the Jamaica Golf Association. The third match in the JGA Juniors Series will be held on December 3 at the Constant Spring Golf Club as a part of one of the biggest tournaments of the year for the golfing fraternity of the year – S.A.N.T.A.last_img read more

Tip for NCAA Final Four 1st-timer: ‘It’s going to blow you away’

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback “Man, where do you start? First, it’s understanding the enormity of it, that when you get there, it’s going to blow you away,” Wright said. “And I would even give more advice now in that when we went in ’09, it blew us away, right, so I knew to expect that.”Wright’s Wildcats lost the national semifinals to North Carolina in ’09. In 2016, Villanova beat the Tar Heels for the championship.“The difference in seven years, what they had done to the Final Four and all of the trappings and the murals on the side of buildings of your players, everything had grown so much, I was shocked. Still shocked, even though we had been there before,” Wright said.“Just to understand, don’t feel like you’re not worth it when you get there and you’re blown away. It happens to everybody. And just try to concentrate on the basketball part of it.”Everything about the last month has been new and exciting to Moser and the Ramblers, starting with their Missouri Valley Conference championship and first NCAA appearance for the school since 1985.Nothing has fazed Sister Jean’s team.“So I love that they’re enjoying this,” Moser said. “Now, with that said, times it by about 100 with the Final Four hoopla, and I get that. I’m going to let them enjoy the ride, and when we’re in film, when we’re in practice, when we’re in walk-throughs in the ball room, everything is going to be as normal, as focused and about what we do. These guys are mature enough to handle it, and that’s all I can do. I mean, you can’t simulate what’s about to happen. They’ve got to go through it, and I want them to go through it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery LATEST STORIES With Majerus gone, Moser has tried to channel him through mutual friends and admirers, such as former University of Utah player and Saint Louis assistant coach Alex Jensen.“I worked with Al Jensen, who’s now at the Utah Jazz, and we were texting each other and going to have a conversation, and we were talking about a couple things Coach Majerus was doing,” Moser said. “But I definitely am in the school of thought, it is my first time, and if I can get any advice or anything, I’ll take it all in and then mix it to what we do.”Beilein said what sets Final Four weekend apart is the time demands, including media obligations.“It’s our duty as college basketball teams and (for) fans to satisfy those requests. But it is, it’s a lot of the same questions over and over and over and over again, and you’ve just got to do it and do it the right way,” Beilein said. “Do not get frustrated by it because you will have enough time to plan if you plan your day right.”Along those same lines, Wright said the grandness of the whole thing can be overwhelming.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I wish Coach (Rick) Majerus was around,” Moser said. “Obviously I was so close to him, and, ironically, it was 20 years ago almost to the date that he was in San Antonio with his Utah team. I wish I could tap into that.”Moser will be the only coach in the national semifinals in San Antonio this weekend who has not previously taken his team to a Final Four. Michigan coach John Beilein, whose team will face Moser’s 11th-seeded Ramblers in Saturday’s first game, is making his second Final Four appearance with the Wolverines. Michigan lost the NCAA championship game in 2013 to Louisville.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownOn the other side of the bracket, both Villanova’s Jay Wright and Kansas’ Bill Self are leading their teams to the Final Four for a third time. Each has won a title.The 49-year-old Moser worked as an assistant for the late Majerus at Saint Louis for four seasons in between a stint as Illinois State head coach and taking the Loyola job in 2011. Majerus, who died in 2012, took Utah to the Final Four in 1998, losing to Kentucky in the title game. 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(AP Photo/David Goldman)A big believer in asking for advice, Loyola-Chicago coach Porter Moser is in the process of tapping into his friends and associates in search of a few Final Four hacks.Moser did not want to reveal during a teleconference Monday with reporters to whom he was turning for tips. He did mention one person he would have liked to have been able to connect with during the last phase of the Ramblers’ improbable NCAA Tournament run.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenterslast_img read more