JAMAICA Hoerman Cup player Sean Morris and Delroy Johnson yesterday parred the 18-hole course at Sandals Golf and Country Club to sit atop the leaderboard with scores of 71 each on the opening day of the Jamaica National Amateur Golf Championship at Upton, St Ann.Morris and Johnson, a former Hoerman Cup player, lead a field of 60 golfers vying for the national amateur title, which is being played outside the Corporate Area for the first time in its 24-year history.Tracking Morris and Johnson are Sandals-based Zandre Roye, two over par, 73, and Jonathan Newnham, three over, 74, entering today’s second round of the three-day Labour Day weekend tournament.Playing alongside Roye, the fourth group to tee off yesterday morning, Morris promised to turn up the heat today on an already hot but windy course.”It’s a three-day event and, as such, I eased into the round this morning. I have some new equipment in the bag, which takes a while to get used to.”It was a bit tricky with the wind gusting up to 20 miles per hour, at least a constant 10, playing on tiny greens. Regulating the greens can be challenging, a bit tricky. Your short game has to be in good nick, and I have always had a good short game,” warned Morris, a Jamaica Hoerman Cup player since 2004.Newnham, though three shots behind joint leaders Morris and Johnson, is backing himself to rally today.”There were some positives. I hit the ball really well, but didn’t score well, but there are positives going into tomorrow. If I can tighten my short game, I will have a really good chance by Monday,” Newnham said.Newnham teed off in the third group, which included former Sandals-based former Caribbean junior champion, Romaine Evans, who had a terrible start, 12 over par.David Mais, tournament director, said the turnout was affected somewhat by the funeral of a member of the golfing fraternity, which clashed with the first day.”A lot of the Constant Spring players were out attending the funeral of Rodger Braham, a member of the JMMB team and a keen golfer who played at Constant Spring,” he said.
GT suspended Bank MD Bejide. The Monrovia City Court on Friday, August 31, granted an interim bail to Ayodeji Bejide, a Nigerian national and managing director (MD) of Guaranty Trust Bank (GT Bank) Liberia in the sum of US$50,000.Bejide had been held in police custody since Tuesday, August 28, after he responded to police invitation on allegations that he had physically assaulted one of the bank’s employees, Edward Freeman. Mr. Freeman is believed to have been injured on the lips following the incident.Before securing the US$50,000 bail, Bejide was released by another court, Criminal Court ‘B’, where his legal team had filed a Petition for the “Writ of Habeas Corpus” against the Liberia National Police (LNP) for deliberately refusing and neglecting to release or formerly charge him after the expiration of the 48 hours provided under the Constitution.A drama ensued shortly after defendant Bejide’s lawyer, Abraham Sillah of the Heritage and Partners Law Firm, secured his release through the writ, when the Monrovia City Court arrested him (Bejide).The court’s action was based on a request from authorities of the Ministry of Justice, which formally charged Bejide with aggravated assault.Although Magistrate Kennedy Peabody did not say when the court would begin Bejide’s trial, it can be recalled that on Tuesday, August 28, a video shared on Facebook showed Mr. Freeman bleeding from his lips in Bejide’s office after Bejide reportedly threw a calculator at him, allegedly wounding him on the lips.After reportedly wounding Mr. Freeman, Bejide was heard in the video telling the employee to calm down, threatening to dismiss him if he made any further comment.Mr. Freeman then walked out of Bejide’s office at the end of the video, displaying his wounded lips to other employees, some of them explaining how Bejide on many occasions had treated them in a similar manner.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)