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BCIC swings for junior golfers

Published:Wednesday | May 22, 2019 | 12:12 AM
From left: BCIC National Junior team members Justin Burrowes, Emily Mayne and Rocco Lopez.
From left: BCIC National Junior team members Justin Burrowes, Emily Mayne and Rocco Lopez.

The third staging of the PGA Latinoamérica BMW Jamaica Classic closed with an exciting finish from American Evan Harmeling, who secured the first place trophy and a cheque for US$31,500 on Sunday, May 19th, 2019, at the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course in Montego Bay.

Over 144 of the region’s top golfers from more than 14 different countries competed at the event from May 16–19.

BCIC provided six national junior golf team members with the opportunity to ‘Play with a PGA Pro’ at the BMW Jamaica Classic Pro Am on May 15. Justin Burrowes, one of Jamaica’s leading amateurs, will be participating in the tournament itself and was also a member of the BCIC-sponsored National Junior Golf Team, led by coach Jason Lopez.

His teammates were Rocco Lopez and Emily Mayne. The second BCIC-sponsored team was the Campion Golf Team, whose members are Winnie Lue, Aman Dhiman and Trey Williams.

Tournament director Peter Lindo, expressed, “We are very grateful for the support that BCIC has given to junior golf. The participation of the junior golfers in this event will give them valuable exposure to world-class golfers, which they may not have otherwise experienced.”

FUTURE LEADERS

Lori-Ann Glasgow, general manager of marketing (BCIC) added, “We are happy and proud to be able to give these top young golfers a chance to participate in such a prestigious international tournament. BCIC is committed to the development of our future leaders through sports and education and I believe that this is a rare opportunity which will contribute to the growth and development of golf and give our top junior players the requisite exposure and advancement needed to excel in the sport locally and internationally.”

In keeping with its commitment to promoting youth development through education and sports, BCIC has sponsored several initiatives, such as the All Jamaica Junior Squash Championships and the 2018 Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships, with a particular focus on not only raising the awareness of golf in Jamaica, but also providing opportunities for young women to be involved in the sport through their #GirlsforGolf Initiative.

Outside of Florida, Jamaica is the only English-speaking stop on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and the 17th country and the first English-speaking Caribbean nation to host an official PGA Latinoamérica event.