Confident Jamaican golfers Justin Burrowes and William Knibbs are set to tee off at the 7th Latin America Amateur Championship that runs from today (January 20) to January 23 at the Teeth of the Dog Golf Course in the Dominican Republic.
The golfers, who left Jamaica on Monday, had practice rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday prior to the start of competition.
Burrowes said he plans to give it his best shot, having made the cut in his two previous outings in 2019 and 2020.
“I can’t really tell you how I am going to finish but I am definitely going to give it my best shot. I feel prepared mentally and physically. It’s just to go out there and execute,” he said.
“I am going to play as hard as I can and try and enjoy it as much as possible. I think that will give me the best result so I am going to commit to that.
“The first time I played this event, it was at the same course, so I have played it before. I have been to the resort twice before so I am kind of familiar with the area so I kind of have an idea of what to do.”
Burrowes said playing well on the course in 2019 when he shot a four-under par 68 on the third day of the tournament, makes him confident of doing well.
“I had a pretty good round at the same course (in 2019) so that gives me confidence. It always helps when you know that you can score pretty well on a course. I remember that day very well. I left a few shots out there, so hopefully, I can get them back this week.”
Knibbs, did not make the cut in 2020, but remains confident he will do better this time around.
“I am a much better player than I was two years ago,” he said. “Two years ago I barely missed out on the cut. I am expecting to make the cut and be in and around contention should I execute correctly.
“Preparations have been going pretty well. I had a personal best at my home course on Saturday, so that could not have come at a better time. As long as I am physically ready, the mental part usually takes care of itself. The plan is to make Jamaica proud.
Knibbs shot nine under par 63 at Caymans Golf Club on Saturday.
More than 100 golfers from across the Caribbean and South America are expected to participate in the tournament