Adam Fuchs of Plainview, NY, posted three birdies and one bogey on August 4, 2014 for a score of 2-under-par 70 at Marine Park Golf Course to capture the inaugural Jamaica Open New York Championship.
The Jamaica Open New York (JONY) Golf Championship is the brainchild of Manhattan- based finance executive Alsion Roach, president and ceo of The Alsion Roach Group of New York. The Golf Championship was an integral feature of the celebrations in New York City commemorating Jamaicaâ€™s 52nd anniversary as an Independent country. The organizers strongly believe that this successful event demonstrated and celebrated the vibrant and productive relationships between New York City and the Caribbean community.
The championship was held at Marine Park Golf Course in Brooklyn New, York, an 18-hole par-72 public course. It was designed in 1964 by world renowned architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and boasts panoramic water views, country club quality greens and fairways, a beautifully manicured driving range, and prevailing winds off Jamaica Bay.
The championship was divided into amateur and professional sections and Fuchs won the professional division by one shot over Jae Kwon of Palisades Park, N.J. In recent years he played on the Florida mini tour circuit and also finished as runner-up in the New York State Open held on Bethpage Black.
In his near flawless round he hit 14 of 18 greens and 13 of 14 fairways. Fuchs received the winnerâ€™s check of $1,650. The total purse was $5,000, so while Adam was the 1st prize winner, there were 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place winners as well. According to Fuchs who will be a father of his first child in six weeks, â€œThis will buy me a lot of diapers.â€™â€™ He further stated, â€œSince this is the first Jamaica Open itâ€™s always nice to have your name on the first one.â€
A total of 97 players participated in the tournament and all indicated that they would return in 2015. â€œYesterday after the tournament every single golfer came up to me and said they would register for next yearâ€™s Jamaica Open and they would all bring golfers with them,â€™â€™ said Alsion Roach.
Jamaicaâ€™s Consul General Herman Lamont, former Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness, New York State Senator Kevin Parker and New York Assemblyman Nick Perry were on hand for the award ceremony.
Part proceeds from JONY will benefit Books4Kids Jamaica, Palmyra Foundation and The New York Urban League 501 (c) (3).
For more information on the Jamaica Open visit www.jamaicaopenny.com
Submitted by: Alsion Roach
Compiled by: Karl A. Haughton