30-strong Trinidadian contingent for 2014 golf open
Around 30 players from Trinidad and Tobago are expected in Barbados to contest the 2014 Massy United Insurance Barbados Open Golf Championships from September 19-21.
Executives of the Barbados Golf Association (BGA) said the Trinidadians usually make up a high percentage of the visiting players and they expect them in their numbers again this year.
The championships are expected to be fully subscribed with 150 players, with golfers also coming from North America, Europe and other Caribbean territories.
Players will compete in five divisions at three courses – the Barbados Golf Club, Apes Hill and Royal Westmoreland. All three days of the championship flight, featuring players with 0-9 handicaps, will be played at Royal Westmoreland while other divisions will move around.
Director of business development for title-sponsors Massy United Insurance, Mickey Armstrong, said the Barbados Open was a highly anticipated tournament on the regional calendar and his company was proud to be associated with it.
“It should be noted that United Insurance – before we became Massy United Insurance – has been associated with the Barbados Open for more than 25 years and through our outstanding partnership with the BGA, the Barbados Open has emerged as one of the longest running and most popular annual golf tournaments in the Caribbean,” he said.
He further said the BGA should be applauded for their good work over the years, particularly in the high standard of organisation of the championships, and also in their efforts to expand the tournament in recent times.
Hosting the tournament on three courses, Armstrong said, presented different challenges and experiences for golfers and was a bonus and a positive attraction in favour of the Barbados Open as a sports-tourism event.
The Massy United Insurance executive further said that they were pleased to continue their support for golf and for sports in general, even in tough economic times. (BB)