National player Carlsen Leacock slammed the contenders to win the men’s title in the 2015 Massy United Insurance Barbados Open while Leiza Munn-Blakeley took the women’s equivalent, at the Royal Westmoreland Club.
Going into the final day, yesterday, Leacock held a convincing five-stroke lead after the first 36 holes and produced another impressive round to stave off his rivals on a rainy and pressure-filled day .
The champion, who previously won the Barbados Open in the 1980’s, posted a three-over-par 75 yesterday to finish with a three-day gross 226, which was six strokes better than second-placed Roger Bostic, who shot 76 yesterday for a gross 232.
Third was Scott Stollmeyer, with a 54-hole gross 233 and fourth, defending champion Julian Jordan, who shot 77 for a gross 234.
“ I am very happy about the win. Conditions were a bit challenging with the rain but I knew I had to play well to make it happen and I did it,” said Leacock, who is known for his attacking play and shot-making.
Thirteen year-old Xzavier Wiggins, who shot 76 on Saturday and was among the contenders chasing Leacock, finished fifth in the men’s championship, with a gross 238. Another national junior Iz Hustler was seventh with 243.
Among the women, Jamaica-born Munn-Blakeley, who represented Barbados for the first time this year at the Caribbean championships, won the women’s championship with a 54-hole gross 245. She registered 80 yesterday and ended well clear of second-placed Marilyn Jackson (277).
National junior Allyssa Inniss-Gittens, a 14 year-old student of St. Winifreds, won the women’s first flight with a gross of 262, having shot 85 yesterday. Second was Emily Odwin, another national junior, with a gross 295.
In other divisions, which were also completed on the final day at Royal Westmoreland, Malcolm Hunte successfully defended his title in the men’s first flight, with a gross 268, while Walter Redman was second on 271 and Manesh Panjwani third with 274.
Among the Seniors (50 years and over), Ivan Codrington miraculously held on to his one-stroke overnight lead and shot 80 yesterday, to win by one stroke over defending champion Charles Cox.
Codrington dropped some critical strokes after entering the hazard at the 18th hole, but held and finished with a gross 233 while Cox shot 234 and Robert Piggott 239.
Bill Weir also defended his Super Seniors crown, winning over Terry Hanton with a gross 227. Hanton shot 234.
More than 100 players who took part in the tournament, which was also played at Apes Hill and the Barbados Golf Club, and among them were West Indies ODI captain Jason Holder, coach Phil Simmons and physiotherapist CJ Clark.
After play on the fairways and greens- players, officials, sponsors and other supporters of golf were last night attending a major awards ceremony in the club-house at Royal Westmoreland.
By Bernard Babb
Massy United Insurance Barbados Open golf champion Carlsen Leacock goes for the green on Hole No.8 enroute to his victory at Royal Westmoreland yesterday.
Leiza Munn-Blakley shot a gross 245 to win the women's championship.
There are two new champions of golf in Barbados.
A disappointing final day for the Barbados team in the 2015 Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships. Barbados Carlsen Leacock and Elvis Medford in the Mid Amateur - Ramon Baez Trophy secure a third spot in their divison.
The Hoerman Cup - Men's first division.
The Barbados team in the Hoerman Cup division didn't manage to improve their position during the final day of play. In stead the team lost one spot and ended up 5th out of 8th teams in the table. The Dominican Republic team took the trophy by winning with only 2 shots margin against the host Jamaica in a dramatic finish.
Barbados individual results was:
T5 James Johnson, 78 (+6), Total: 301 (+13)
T16 Julian Jordan, 80 (+8), Total: 311 (+23)
T21 Scott Stollmeyer, 80 (+8), Total: 314 (+26)
T27 Roger Bostic, 82 (+10), Total: 322 (+34)
T31 Donald Leacock, 79 (+7), Total: 329 (+41)
The George Teale Memorial Trophy - Women's division.
The Barbados ladies golfers ended up last in their division, 25 shots behind the Cayman Islands team.
Barbados individual results was:
T18 Leisa Munn-Blakely, 87 (+15), Total: 352 (+64)
20 Julia Stephennson, 91 (+19), Total: 362 (+74)
21 Lynn DeCambra-McLeod, 92 (+20), Total: 363 (+75)
Ramon Baez Trophy - Mid Amateur
Carlsen Leacock and Elvis Medford managed to secure third spot in the Mid Amateur division. The pair was overtaken by Jamaica with one shot on the final day but manage to keep the USVI team behind them by only one shot. The winners from the Dominican Republic had already secured the trophy before the last day of play. The Barbados team posted a 73 (+1) on the final day with a total of 291 (+3) for the whole tournament. This was the best Barbados achievement in this years Championship.
Francis & Steele-Perkins Trophy - Seniors
Robert Piggot and Michael Haynes was the only realistic hope for a trophy win before the final day in this years Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships. They where 3 shots behind the leaders from Trinidad & Tobago but did not manage to catch them during the final day of play. To make thing worse the team was also overtaken by the USVI and Jamaica team who both had two great scores on the day (-4 and -3). Robert Piggot and Michael Haynes score was 72 (E) with a total of 286 (-2) for the whole tournament. This was enough to secure a 4th place in this very competitive division with Trinidad & Tobago as Champions posting a total of 283 (-5).
Higgs & Higgs Trophy - Super Seniors
The Barbados Super Senior team, Cally Boyea and Bitchmore Griffith did not manage to sustain the good run they had from Thursday. A disappointing final day 85 (+13) saw the the team remain as 8th in the table with only the Cayman Island behind. The team posted a total of 318 (+30) for the whole tournament.
Arthur Ziadie Trophy - The overal team Championship of the 2015 Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships.
This years Championships have been slightly disappointing in a Barbados perspective. The Barbados team ended up as 7th with only the Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands behind. It's a massive climb up to this years Champions from Trinidad & Tobago.
The Barbados team have fought hard for every point but there are certainly huge room for improvements within the team. The Mid-Amateurs and Seniors have done a solid tournament and individuals like the team Captain James Johnson will always deliver on a high standard but the team need more to be able to compete at this level.
By Benny Larsson
Arthur Ziadie Trophy table
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