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Jamaica breaks new ground in WATC.
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IN THIS ISSUE

Jamaica Competes in 2014 WATC

One Player's Perspective on the host country and the WATC.

Inaugural Summer Camp A Success

Under the Rules

Understanding the Rules - Unplayable Lie

Parting Shot
JAMAICA COMPETES IN 2014 WATC

This year, the Jamaica Golf Association broke new ground by fielding a team to the World Amateur Team Championship, which was held in Japan in September. The team members who competed in the Eisenhower Trophy from September 9-14 were Sean Morris, Jonathan Newnham and Keith Stein.
 
October 1958 saw the first championship played on the Old Course of St. Andrews. At that time, 115 players from 29 countries competed. To date, 26 nations have hosted the World Amateur Team Championship. The United States, Canada and Spain finished first, second and third respectively in this year's competition.
 
ONE PLAYER'S PERSPECTIVE
 
It was a wonderful feeling to have represented Jamaica in Japan in the WATC2014...our first time ever at this event.
 
The standard of golf was just simply amazing and an eye opener to the quality of amateur golf that is played worldwide. Puerto Rico and Dom Rep had teams there and finished  in the 30 's and 40's while Jamaica finished in the 50's—still behind our rivals in the CAGC. It is an indication that we must improve our golf in Jamaica if we are going to be victorious in this event.
 
I spoke to players from Figi, Guam and Bahrain. Their figures in terms of their golfing community is quite large when compared to the amount of courses they have.
 
The Japanese culture is awesome. Everyone is orderly and respectful and the country is clean. The food is excellent and so are the beers. Tokyo is a great city (we spent one night there). shopping is amazing, but expensive because of their high standard of living.
 
Note however that they don’t cater to people with big feet and big waists at the shopping malls. You will not find your size!  It was fun trying to bridge the language barrier and when you find someone who understands and speaks English, it is wise to ask as many questions as you can.
 
I asked one attendant in an outlet store that was located near to the hotel why is it that she was running around the store upon every request I made. She said it is simply to show how happy they are to serve the customer.
 
No tipping is allowed in Japan. They will feel insulted and that they are being bribed for doing their jobs.
 
Great Country...Great Tournament !!!
 
Sean Morris
Team Member - WATC 2014
Jamaica's representatives at the World Amateur Team Championships Opening Ceremony. Left to right - Mark Newnham - Team Manager. Sean Morris, Jonathan Newnham and Keith Stein. 
INAUGURAL SUMMER CAMP A SUCCESS

The first JGA Junior Golf Summer Sleepover Camp was held at Half Moon from August 17 - 22, 2014. Ten (10) children participated in the camp—three girls and seven boys ranging from ages 7 to 18. The participants were from both Kingston and Montego Bay. Spencer Edwards, Byron Bernard and Sebert Walker were the Professionals who taught the campers. Each child had an individual lesson with Spencer, where they were videotaped and the mechanics of their swing analysed.

Each morning started with a talk, then the children were divided into groups—short game or swing lessons and switched after the break. Each afternoon, mini tournaments were conducted in a different format.

The final day of camp was Tournament Day. In the morning, there was a short game competition. A five hole and nine hole tournament took place in the afternoon.  (The children were grouped according to skill level). On the final day, the parents came out to watch the children during the tournament and attend the prize giving.

The camp was organized of Michele Gabay, Lisa Lindo, and Alison Reid. A Junior Tournament Series will get underway at the end of October and the Junior Cup early in 2015.
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Participants from the JGA's Summer Camp at Half Moon.
 
UNDER THE RULES ...
 
Each month, Sweet Spot will feature an article on the rules of golf. The aim is to foster a better understanding of the rules of the game and assist with clarifying same. You are encouraged to submit your questions, which will be answered by ‘The Handicapper’. Send your email with questions to jamgolf2014@gmail.com.

Understanding the Rules - Unplayable Lie:

If you find yourself in an unplayable lie through the green you have 3 options:

1. Take 2 club lengths relief no closer to the hole and give yourself one penalty stroke, or
2. Replay the shot from the original position and give yourself one penalty stroke, or
3. Take the ball back as far as you want keeping the point where the ball lays between you and the hole and give yourself one penalty stroke.
All three options require the ball to be dropped unless option 2 takes you back to the tee when the ball maybe teed.

If you find yourself in an unplayable lie in a bunker you have 3 options:

1. Take 2 club lengths relief no closer to the hole, but still in the Bunker and give yourself one penalty stroke, or
2. Replay the shot from the original position and give yourself one penalty stroke, or
3. Take the ball back as far as you want in the Bunker keeping the point where the ball lays between you and the hole and give yourself one penalty stroke.
All three options require the ball to be dropped unless option 2 takes you back to the tee when the ball may be teed.

The Handicapper
PARTING SHOT
 
Don’t forget to enter the Heroes’ Weekend Classic scheduled for October 18 & 19, 2014. Call in your entries at 625-9445-6.

The Cook Up returns to the Countryside Club on Saturday, October 25. We look forward to seeing you out in your numbers for an evening of fun, excitement and palate-pleasing delights.

 
 
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