OECS on Dominican Republic’s tail
The hosts Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States’ team surged yesterday and pulled within three strokes of the Dominican Republic in the race for the Hoerman Cup at the RBC 56th Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships at Royal St. Kitts Golf Club.
Raymond Percival’s outstanding second round 69 led the OECS squad to the best team score of the day, a solid 288 (+4) which has them threatening the Dominicans at the top of the leaderboard.
Puerto Rico also improved, posting a 289 (+5) after a disappointing 301 on Wednesday and pulling away from the rest of the pack to form what effectively now appears to be a three-team race for the championships’ most prestigious prize.
What the Dominicans lost in the Hoerman Cup category, they made up for in the Ramón Báez competition, where mid-amateurs Juan Campusano and Hiram Silfa put together a magnificent Best Ball score of 64 to pull ahead of Jamaica, which had similarly dominated the first round, by two strokes.
The Puerto Rican tandem of Felipe Colón and Raúl Rivera also had a great day at -3, and are tied for third place with the Cayman Islands.
Among the ladies, Monifa Sealy shot -2 to lead a Trinidad & Tobago
squad which shot even par and increased its lead over Puerto Rico to nine strokes. The battle should remain between those two countries, as third-placed Cayman Islands is 25 strokes off the lead.
Things remain much tighter in the seniors’ competition, where Barbados and Bahamas are now tied at +5, with Trinidad & Tobago and Puerto Rico, both shooting 72, in third and fourth-place respectively, at +6 and +7.
As for the super seniors, Puerto Ricans Carlos Matos and Elvin González, Sr., still hold the lead at +1, but Trinidad & Tobago is lurking in second place, only two strokes back. (PR)