National junior player Joshua Jones and coach Jaleel Marshall are celebrating as champions of the Barbados Golf Association's 2015 Challenge Cup.
The winners produced a combined net score of 59 on Saturday to grab the Cup during an exciting tournament, which was supported by ICBL, at the Barbados Golf Club, at Durants, Christ Church.
The Jones and Marshall combination repelled all comers with some highly competitive play on a good day for golf as they registered five birdies and an eagle (on No.12) , enroute to victory.
Close to 100 players contested the two-ball/ better-ball event which also saw the second and third-placed teams locked on net scores of 60. Orlando Crichlow and Earlyn Shuffler secured second place with a better performance over the last nine holes, as they edged the fast improving David Degg and Shawn Kinch on the count-back system.
Fourth were lawyer Tony Reece and retired banker Horace Cobham with a net 62 strokes.
Several prizes that tested the skills of golfers were also up for grabs and Barbados players, Simon Proverbs and Lynn DeCambra-Mcleod , took prizes for the longest drives of the day.
Proverbs struck his tee-shot close to 300 yards, into wind on the eleventh hole, while DeCambra-Mcleod took the women's prize on hole No.17.
Closest-to-the-pin prizes were won by teenager Mavi Vergos (women) and Patrick McKeown, who took the prize in the men's division as he landed his tee-shot within four feet of the hole on No.16 , a par-3 which forces players to hit from west to east over water .
During a presentation ceremony at the BGC club-house, BGA President Cally Boyea thanked all players for making the Challenge Cup a success and sponsors ICBL , Cin Cin Restaurant, Banks, and LIME for their support.
Boyea also praised the management and staff of the Barbados Golf Club for hosting the Challenge Cup and disclosed that the next tournament will be the BGA Trophy, a strokeplay event in May .
By Bernard Babb
Lynn deCambra-Mcleod and Simon Proverbs took prizes for the longest drives in the tournament.
Champions Jaleel Marshall and Joshua Jones (in cap) were presented with the BGA Challenge Cup by ICBL representatives Murl Walcott (second from left) and Kendal Ince (right). At left is BGA President Cally Boyea.
A strong finish from our boys on the final day of The Republic Bank Caribbean Junior Golf tournament.
Report from The Republic Bank Junior Caribbean Golf Open.
Xzavier had a rock solid round despite two strange rules sitations one of which resulted in a penalty. I think it's important to mention in both cases he called the officials over himself meanwhile his playing partners were unaware of what occured. Xzavier's actions exemplify the spirit of the game and is an example of the type of values golf can teach young men and women.
Xzavier showed great maturity and was not rattled instead putting his head down and posting 80 which was good enough to edge out his playing partner Demar James of Antigua and Zico Correia of Trinidad for 3rd place in the 11-13 Boys.
Joshua posted 86 for the second day in a row which I believe is a very commendable effort. This was Josh' debut representing Barbados and his first trip to any course outside of Barbados. He fought his swing the whole week but was able to think his way around the course and manage his game to finish respectably in the middle of the pack.
Christian unfortunately didn't keep up his fine play from the Day 2 and slipped to an 88. I think the experience will do Chrsitian and provide a yard stick for him to see where he must improve going forward. He has a great enthusiasm for the game and once he continues to learn and improve at the rate he is already I believe he has a bright future in Caribbean junior golf.
Iz broke 80 for the second time in the event posting 79 despite leaking some oil down the finishing stretch. Iz started the day chasing home favourite Ryan Peters who was unflappable shooting 1 under on the outward nine. This put Iz in a position where he needed to make up shots on a layout which rewards conservative play. Ryan hung tough the back nine and despite Iz's efforts to make up shots the course did not yield any birdies. Regardless, he finished 2nd six shots behind Ryan and posted the best 3 round total of all our juniors.
All in all it was a great week and definitely one we should all take encouragement. I think the boys have seen that they compete at the highest level of junior golf in the Caribbean and I am very excited for the CAJGC in St. Croix in July.
Coach, Barbados Junior Golfers
We are pleased to announce the 2015 BGA Challenge Cup to be played at the Barbados Golf Club on Saturday April 18, 2015, see full details on the attached flyer.
The format is two-ball better ball; along with the main prizes there are also prizes for the longest drive, and closest to pin for ladies & men.
To enter, simply email or sign-up on the notice board at the BGC. We look forward to your participation in the Challenge Cup again this year.
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