Jamaica’s William Knibbs and Justin Burrowes shot five over par and seven over par, respectively, in the opening round of the Latin America Amateur Golf Championship in Mayakoba, Mexico, yesterday.
Knibbs is tied for 48th place while Burrowes is tied for 69th in the 108-man field.
With windy conditions to contend with throughout the day, Knibbs started the day with a bogey on the opening hole, then followed that up with a double bogey on hole five and two more bogeys on holes six and eight to make the turn at five over par 41.
He would, however, fare a lot better on the back nine following birdies on holes 11 and 13. However, bogeys on holes 12 and 16 saw the Jamaican closing out the back nine with even par.
Burrowes, on the other hand, had a tougher opening round, as he also began the day with a bogey to follow up with a double bogey on hole three. A birdie on the par-three fourth hole was the only respite as two more bogeys on holes five and nine meant the diminutive right-hander made the turn at four-over-par.
Burrowes would hold par through holes 14. However, a bogey and a double bogey on holes 15 and 16 meant he would finish the back nine three-over-par and total seven over par 78.
“It was rough for everybody,” Burrowes said. “The wind was very strong today. I don’t think I have put myself out of the tournament, and I still believe I am in a very good position to make the cut.”
First appearance Knibbs, who is making his first appearance at the tournament, described his round as a tale of two nines.
“On the front nine, I was a bit sloppy as I dropped a few shots in places I thought I could have done better,” he said. “But I was really proud of myself, the way I fought back on the back nine by making a couple of birdies. All in all, the five over score on the day is not that bad as I am right in the thick of things for Friday’s second round.”
Colombia’s Ivan Ramirez is one of the early front-runners, after a three-under-par 68 with Chile’s Lukas Roessler, and Gabriel Birke, and Brazil’s Guilherme Grinbergare two shots back after one-under-par rounds.
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