BGA pleased with young players
Players, sponsors and organisers are hailing the success of the 34th edition of the Barbados Open Golf Championships which were completed over the weekend.
Jointly sponsored by Sagicor Life and Sagicor General Insurance for the second year, the major tournament, which has come to be regarded as the island’s national championships, was contested over three days at the Royal Westmoreland and Apes Hill clubs among local and visiting golfers.
During the awards ceremony at Apes Hill on Sunday night, Barbados Golf Association (BGA) president Trevor Tasker said that organisers were impressed with the level of play during the Sagicor Barbados Open, particularly from young Barbados players.
“The performance of our junior players was pleasing to us at the BGA. We had two female juniors who finished first and second in the women’s championship and we also had two junior boys who performed in the senior tournament,” said Tasker.
The president said Barbados still had more work to do to get on par with other Caribbean islands whose teams were spearheaded by their juniors at the recent Caribbean championships, but things were looking positive.
Both Tasker and Sagicor director David Wright praised the management and staff of the two hosting clubs for providing courses in top class shape.
Wright further disclosed that the sponsors were happy to partner the BGA for such a major event.
“This is our second year of sponsoring this tournament and we continue to observe the synergies between Sagicor and the BGA which makes this sponsorship mutually beneficial. Both organisations share a mutual belief in the promotion and development of sports, understanding the important role it plays in the lives of people and how it also acts as a unifying force that brings people together,” said Wright, who assisted in the presentation of prizes.
At the end of 54 holes of toiling in the Barbados Open, James Johnson collected his 14th Open title, with a 54-hole gross 213 while Simon Proverbs finished second with a gross 224. Third was 15-year-old Barbados player Xzavier Wiggins (gross 232).
Among the women, 16-year-old Barbados player Alyssa Inniss-Giitens won her first Barbados Open title with a three-day gross of 228. That was ten strokes ahead of fellow Barbados player Emily Odwin, who was second on 238. Defending champion Kimesha Anthony was third with a gross 255.
The Super Seniors division was won by American Robert Cunningham with a gross 238 while former BGA president Birchmore Griffith was second with 256. Trinidadian Monty Chapman was third with 259.
Among the seniors, champion Bill Weir retained his crown, winning by the count-back system over Robert Piggott after both finished with a gross 236.
Trinidadian Daniel Soopaya won the men’s first flight (10-20 handicaps) with a gross 255 while his compatriot Deryck Chanardip was second on 256. Third was Barbadian Walter Redman on 271.
Another Trinidadian, Duncan Shaw, took the men’s second flight with a Stableford score of 107 points, two better than second-placed Tom O’Sullivan (105).
Players from the United States, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua, St Kitts and host country Barbados contested the Open. (PR)