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Bajan golfer stars at Florida tourney


Bajan golfer stars at Florida tourney

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Former Barbados junior captain Donald Leacock is continuing his impressive form on the golf course in Florida.

Leacock, 18, recently won a major tournament hosted at the University of South Florida (USF), where he upstaged a number of leading players in South Florida.

The Barbadian won the USF Premier Junior Tour with a 36-hole gross score of 141, four strokes better than his nearest rivals – Michael Stewart (145) and Otto Mand (145).

Stewart shot a second round 69 but that was not good enough to stop Leacock who shot rounds of 70 and 71 to win the traditional Claw Trophy.

It was an impressive win by the former Harrison College student in his first competitive outing at USF as he showed clean ball striking and good touch around the greens.

The course has some of the toughest par 5s in the south and is regarded as a shot-maker’s course which challenges players to hit irons into small greens.

Leacock, a member of the Barbados senior Hoerman Cup team in 2013, is on a four-year programme at USF, based in Tampa, and hopes to qualify for NCAA tournaments in the 2015-2016 season. (BB)