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Veteran Denzil Hall is celebrating as overall champion of the 2018 Seniors Golf Open tournament at the Barbados Golf Club.
In the tournament for players 50 years and over, Hall dominated over 36 holes while posting 82 Stableford points in the two-day event which was played last week.
The consistent Hall was a clear winner in the Super Seniors category (60 years and over) before being adjudged the best overall player in the four categories of competition.
While Hall was distinguishing himself among the Super Seniors, accountant Gordon Walker managed to stave off a serious late surge from the big-hitting Charles Cox in the 12-and-under handicap division.
After two competitive rounds, both players were tied in the division with 75 stableford points, but Walker emerged winner on the count-back system as he recorded a superior final nine holes, scoring 19 points to Cox’s 17.
This division produced some of the most memorable moments of the tournament as Cox produced a rare albatross as he amazingly holed the ball in two strokes on the par 5 No. 18. After a big drive, off the white tees, Cox pulled off the stunner with his seven iron, over water, to collect a whopping five points on a single hole and trigger the tiebreaking system.
“It was the first Albatross of my career but I have had about six holes in one. It was a great feeling to pull it off,” he said.
Among the women, Zerina Belgrave topped that division with 75 points over 36 holes and was followed by Allison Rimple, who registered 72 points.
Eamon Kearney won the men’s 13 and over handicap category with 80 points while Peter Hennessy was two points back on 78.
Aamong other prize winners were -Graham Woods (longest drive on Day 2); Harry Watkins (closest to pin on Day 1); Helen Foster (women’s closest to pin on Day 1); Manni Newell (women’s closest to pin on Day 2); Mac Lampkin (men’s closest to pin on Day 2); Allison Rimple (women’s longest drive on Day 1) and Charles Cox (longest drive on Day 1). Some 42 players, including a number of visitors to the island, contested the two-day tournament. (PR)