The team of Eryn Blakeley, Hannah Foster, and Emily Mayne finished third overall at the Toyota World National Team Qualifier held in Mexico City last week.
Although they fell short of winning the single qualifying spot available to be able to play in the 2019 Toyota National Team Championships to be held in Japan in June, the fact that this was the first time any Jamaican female team earned an invite to one of the biggest events in junior amateur golf worldwide is momentous in itself.
These international events showcase Jamaica’s junior talent in the golfing arena. The continued support of the Sports Development Foundation and the Jamaica Olympic Association, which both sponsored the team, will put Jamaica’s junior golfers on a clear path to the Olympics in the future.
All three girls will be vying to represent Jamaica on both the National Junior and Ladies teams with Emily and Eryn competing in the Girls 14–15 age category, along with the island’s finest juniors this weekend in the National Junior Trials being held at the Caymanas Golf & Country Club.
Among the competitors will be Justin Burrowes, who represented Jamaica in the Latin America Amateur Championship in Chile. Also in contention in the Boys 18 and under category are Jack Stein and Sebert Walker, who are both currently at school abroad, Sandals-based Radino Lobban. Michael Lowe and Luke Wright.
Over 30 junior golfers will be vying for a place on Jamaica’s team to the Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships in The Bahamas in July. The categories included are Boys & Girls 18 and Under, 15 and Under, and 11-13. The trials, which started on Friday, will end today.