Barbados’ top junior female player, Emily Odwin, grabbed a third place finish when the 2017 Caribbean Junior Golf Championships concluded in Trinidad and Tobago Thursday.
Competing in the girls’ 11-13 division, Odwin posted 89 in sunny conditions on Day 3 of the regional tournament and carded a 54-hole gross 259, on the final day of competition at the St Andrews course at Moka.
Brooke Rivers of the Turks & Caicos islands, who shared the title with Odwin last year in Barbados, emerged the clear champion with a gross 242 as she dominated the division from Day 1.
Rivers, who completed the front nine on one-under-par, posted 77 Thursday and was 13 strokes clear of second-placed Bahamian Sophie Anand (255) who ended with an 85 after being tied with Odwin at one stage.
Among the 16-18 girls, defending champion Valeria Pacheco of Puerto Rico was consistently too strong for her rivals and ran away with the title after holding a clear 12-stroke lead at the end of 36 holes. She posted 79 for a gross 235 and was followed by Kei Yae-Eun of the Dominican Republic (248) and Kei Harris of Jamaica on 249.
There were no stoppages for rain on the final day but some afternoon showers chased in the final group of players around 3.30pm, to close-out a testing three days of golf on the Moka course.
Champion and hometown favourite Sachin Kumar of Trinidad, successfully defended his boys’ 18 and under crown and also emerged the top player of the championships. He posted a three-day gross 222, while following up Wednesday’s 73 with another one-over-par 73 that gave him a four-stroke victory over second-placed Rodrigo Sanchez of the Dominican Republic, who shot 75 for a gross 226. Third was Gustavo Betances of the Dominican Republic with a gross 227.
Barbados junior champion Iz Hustler made up some ground with a final day 75, the best score among his compatriots, but finished 10th in a field of 23 players with a 54-hole gross 239.
Barbados player Xzavier Wiggins slotted 6th in the 14-15 division which was won by Andres Aranguren of Puerto Rico who sealed it with a two-over-par 74 and a gross 224. Wiggins posted a gross 244 while Aaron Jarvis of the Cayman Islands finished second on 234.
Yeji Lee (gross 238) of Trinidad won the girls’ 15 and under division while Gustavo Rangel of Puerto Rico took the boys’ 11-13 category with a three-day gross 229.
The 30th annual Caribbean Junior Championships were staged by the Caribbean Golf Association and attracted 94 players from Barbados, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Turks & Caicos, Puerto Rico , USVI, host Trinidad & Tobago and Bahamas.