This two-day tournament , which concludes Sunday November 27, is rated as the second major on the BGA’s calendar and also coincides this year with sporting events being staged to recognize Barbados’ 50th anniversary of political independence.
Close to 100 players , many of them wearing the national colours of yellow and blue, are expected on the greens and fairways at the BGC where the course is expected to be challenging after extensive upgrade work and the relaying of greens over the past year.
During a media conference to launch the RBC Classic, BGA President Trevor Tasker thanked the sponsors for their continued commitment to the Classic and revealed that through the assistance of joint sponsors RBC Royal Bank and Royal Fidelity, the tournament remains a greatly anticipated one among golfers and it had also contributed to the development of the island’s junior players.
“We are indeed thankful for the unwavering support that RBC Royal Bank and Royal Fidelity have given us. From the inception, The Classic has set a tradition of producing exciting golf and we look forward to keen rivalry again this year. Together we share a wonderful vision for the growth of this tournament …, inclusive of initiatives for the juniors, and the support for the juniors will also continue, ” said Tasker.
Area Vice President for RBC Royal Bank Barbados, Wenrick Clarke told the media conference that RBC had a proud tradition of supporting golf around the world and has maintained significant relationships with the PGA Tour, including sponsoring two prestigious events – the RBC Canadian Open and the RBC Heritage.
Clarke further said that they were proud to support the RBC Classic in Barbados for the 12th year and were committed to making a positive difference in the communities in which they operate. “Assisting youth development gives us the opportunity to support the next generation of golfers and once again this year we will be presenting the RBC High Performance Award to a junior golfer who has done well on and off the golf course,” he said.
Country Head for Royal Fidelity, Jillian Nunes said her company was happy to be associated with the RBC Classic for the third consecutive year and , apart from providing some other incentives, Royal Fidelity will be sponsoring a range of nearest-to-pin prizes over the two days of competition.