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Full house for Open

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TOP Barbados and Caribbean golfers are fine-tuning their drives and putts for the 2010 United Insurance Barbados Open tournament at the Royal Westmoreland course from October 8 to 10.
Regarded as the island’s national championships, the Barbados Open is organised by the Barbados Golf Association (BGA) and attracts the leading regional men’s and women’s amateur golfers over 54 holes of keen competition.
“We are fully subscribed again this year with players from around ten countries. We are also happy to have United Insurance returning as sponsors of this major tournament and we expect exciting competition in all divisions,” said BGA president Birchmore Griffith.
More than 130 players are booked to hit the fairways and greens over three days, with more than 40 expected from Trinidad and Tobago and others from Grenada, Guyana, St Lucia, Guadeloupe, Antigua, St Kitts-Nevis, Britain and host country Barbados.
Play will be contested in five divisions: men’s championship, women’s, men’s first flight, senior men and super senior men.
Top Barbados player James Johnson is defending the men’s championship but can expect a stern test from fellow Barbados national players Marcus Clarke and Julian Jordan (reigning Caribbean champions), Judd Cozier, Briton Rob Stevens and Trinidadians Shane Costello, Mitchum Jasper and Deryck Gonsalves – all low to scratch handicap golfers.
Among the women, Lynn DeCambra-McLeod will be among those seeking to lift the title, with fellow Barbadian Julia Stephenson and Trinidadian Pauline Figuera-Raynor among the other contenders.
BGA president Griffith is defending the super-seniors title, while veterans Ricky Skeete and Robert Piggott are favoured to continue their domination of the senior men’s division.
However, they are certain to have a fight on their hands trying to fend off Trinidadian Michael Commissiong, who along with Carlos Baynes, defeated the Barbadians to win the title at the Caribbean Golf Championships earlier this year. (CH)