Over the first 18 holes on Saturday, Layne fought off some pressure in the championship flight , to lead by one stroke as Barbados players Scott Stollmeyer and Julian Jordan also had good rounds and are sitting within striking distance.
Stollmeyer , who had an eagle on No.15, shot a gross 73 for second place , while Jordan, who won the Massy United Insurance Open in September, was third on 74.
Both Jordan, who shot 36 on the first nine, and Layne, who registered six birdies over the first 18 holes, said they will be aiming for low scores and a place on the podium on Sunday.
Former Barbados cricketer Nolan Clarke shot 76 while one stroke behind were Ansari Muhajiri (77) and Roger Bostic (77).
Among the women, Jamaican-born Leiza Munn emerged early leader in the championship flight by five strokes , with a gross 77, while veteran Helen Foster was second on 80 and teenager Mavi Vergos, third with 82.
The men’s first flight appears highly competitive with veteran Malcolm Hunte leading a field of 20 players with a gross 80. Just one stroke off the pace, was RBC executive Frank Drakes and Collis Lynch, both tied on 81.
Long-serving Barbados player Ricky Skeete seemed well poised to make run for the Senior men’s title as he led the field with a gross 74, three strokes ahead of Ivan Codrington (77). Veteran Barbados player Michael Haynes was third on 79.
In Stableford play, among the high handicappers , three players were tied for the lead among a field of 30 players . John Odle, David Degg and Adam Gilbert all scored 37 points over the first 18 holes, while Bill Weir was positioning himself for a bid for the Super Seniors trophy (60 years and over) with a gross 73, two strokes ahead of Teddy Grell (75).
The leader in the women’s stableford competition was Zerina Belgrave on 38 points.
The RBC Classic is organised by the Barbados Golf Association and more than 100 players are competing in the 36-hole tournament, which is jointly sponsored by Royal Fidelity Merchant Bank and Trust for the first time this year.