Speaking at a media briefing held at the Lower Broad Street office of Massy United Insurance, president of the BGA Cally Boyea revealed that Massy United Insurance is among their longest serving partners and a consistent supporter of golf in Barbados.
Massy United Insurance director of business development Mickey Armstrong explained why they want to be involved in local sports. "At Massy United Insurance, we believe that contributing positively to the communities in which we operate is just as important as offering protection for the things our clients hold dear. That's why we support a wide range of activities and partner organisations across our 14 territories. We've supported sports, in particular, for over 30 years, including golf, youth cricket, basketball, sailing, horse-racing and chess."
The highly anticipated Open is slated for September 19-21 and will be played over three venues, the Barbados Golf Club, Apes Hill and Royal Westmoreland.
This offers the players the opportunity experience the greens at the three venues, however the championship flight will be based at the Royal Westmoreland for the three days, while the other Categories start at the Barbados Golf Club on Friday, travel to Apes Hill on Saturday and join the championship flight at Royal Westmoreland on Sunday.
More than 100 local and visiting golfers from the region and beyond are expected for this event which has been won by Barbados top amateur James Johnson, who was present at the media briefing, unbroken from 1997 to the present.
His Division will be based at Westmoreland which Johnson calls his home course and will be eager to add the 2014 title to his growing list of Open titles.
In the women’s division Julia Stephenson and Muffin Stollmeyer are twoof the leading names to look out for.
Having been in existence for over three decades, the Open is one of the longest running and most popular annual golf tournaments in the Caribbean.
No professionals in this years open
However this year there will not be any professionals in the Open as last year when the Association celebrated the 30th anniversary of the tournament.
According to Boyea, the participation of the professionals are important, however they are actively seeking out “the right level of pros to come.”
“We want to do it right,” said Boyea who added that “it is important to have that level of player to stimulate competition and to show the young players the level they have to strive to get.”
( Editorial content curtsey of the Barbados Advocate (BG) )