Johnson hangs on to 11th title
JAMES JOHNSON had his worst day of the 29th United Insurance Barbados Golf Open yesterday, but the high standards he set over his first two rounds ensured that a final round, two-over-par 74 was more than enough to see off any possible challengers and comfortably land his 11th national championship.
Barbados’ long-time No. 1, Johnson finished the competition three under par and his eventual margin of victory was 16 strokes, with second placed Judd Cozier and Marcus Clarke, in third, well behind.
Cozier enjoyed his best round of the tournament, his 75 including a sensational chip in for eagle from the fairway on the 18th.
Muffin Stollmeyer was a convincing winner in the women’s division, her brilliant even par second round followed by a 79 yesterday, which left her a distance ahead of 11-year-old Mavi Vergos in second spot.
The Seniors provided one of the most competitive fields, with Michael Haynes emerging with the silverware after a final round 77 was enough to see off Ricky Skeete and Robert Piggott.
Former West Indies cricket star, Desmond Haynes, had the best round of the final day, a one-over 73 giving him fourth spot in the gross and the trophy for the best overall net.
Three consistent rounds earned Trinidadian Monty Chapman a five-stroke victory in the Super Seniors, the Millennium Lakes golfer posting scores of 75, 74 and 76 over the three days.
Scotsman Bill Weir, of Royal Westmoreland, finished second while Stephen Farmer was a further three back in third.Please see leading scores in today’s DAILY NATION.