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Burrowes rallies to win Buccaneers Golf tournament

Published:Monday | November 23, 2020 | 12:11 AMLennox Aldred/Gleaner Writer
Justin Burrowes plays a tee shot during his round at the Alliance Buccaneers Memorial Golf Tournament at the Caymanas Golf course in St Catherine yesterday.
Justin Burrowes plays a tee shot during his round at the Alliance Buccaneers Memorial Golf Tournament at the Caymanas Golf course in St Catherine yesterday.

Justin Burrowes pulled off a remarkable comeback on the second and final day of the Alliance Buccaneer Memorial Golf tournament to claim victory by five strokes at the Caymanas Golf Club in St Catherine yesterday.

Burrowes came into the final day in third place after his opening round one over par 73, however, he was in a no-nonsense mood yesterday, firing in seven birdies to finish with a score of five-under-par 67 and a total of 140.

Defending champion William Knibbs saw his title snatched after carding a one-over-par 73 to add to his opening-round even-par to finish with a total of 145.

Overnight leader Rocco Lopez found the going tough on day two as he could not pull off his day one heroics where he shot a two-under-par 70. He fell back into third place after carding a five-over-par 77, which included six bogeys and a double bogey.

Mark Newnham was the only other golfer to get into red numbers in the two-day tournament as his second round one-under par 71 saw him getting a total of 148, which was good enough for fourth place.

Pressure

Burrowes, who lit up the front nine with five birdies, knew he had to start well on the final day to put the pressure on the leaders.

“I had a good front nine, which set things up for me,” he said. “The back nine was a little of a grind, which caused me to double bogey hole number 12, but I rebounded from that and executed to the end, and I am happy for the win.”

For Knibbs, a lack of sharpness from inactivity got the better of him on the final day.

“I didn’t hit many greens on Sunday, but I am pleased with the fact that I could shoot one over,” he said. “Overall, my performance was okay, but I had a lot of unforced errors, which I would attribute to rust.”

Shamar Wilson won the Men’s seven to 12 category by beating Metry Seaga after another round of 77 for a two-day total of 154.

Mattea Issa shot a second-round 84 to add to her opening round 78 to claim the ladies zero to 12 category. Rodino Lobban claimed the Junior boys 16-17 category with rounds of 78 and 88 while the boys 14-15 category went to Aman Dhiman, who shot rounds of 81 and 78. Samantha Azan took the junior girls 11-13 category with rounds of 90 and 89.