Inaugural Jamaica Open NY Championship

The Marine Park Golf Course was the site of the first-ever Jamaica Open New York Golf Championship, held on Monday, August 4 as part of Jamaica’s 52nd annual independence celebrations in New York City. Eighty-six golfers were present but a select 12 competed professionally for a grand prize of $1,650.

The winner, Adam Fuchs from Plainview, NY, played a near flawless round, scoring two under par and winning by only one stroke.

Fuchs, 32, and his wife are expecting their first child within the next two months. “This [money] will buy me a lot of diapers,’’ Fuchs said after he was given his prize.

However, the Open was more than just a day to take in the course’s panoramic views. The event was also an opportunity to emphasize the strong relationship between New York City and the Caribbean community.

“I chose the Marine Park Golf Course, because of its close proximity to the Caribbean Diaspora community,” explained Alsion Roach, CEO of the Alsion Roach Group, who the created the Jamaica Open.

Jamaica Consul General Herman Lamont, former Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness, New York State Senator Kevin Parker and New York Assemblyman Nick Perry were present at the award ceremony.

The tournament not only stressed the relationship between New York and Jamaica, but also served the two communities. The proceeds from the Open went to such charities as Books4Kids Jamaica, Palmyra Foundation and The New York Urban League.

The Marine Park Golf Course is an 18-hole par 72 championship course and measures 7,091 yards from the Championship Tees.

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