Top: Barbados players Simon Proverbs and James Johnson are locked in a straight fight for the title going into the third and final day, today (Sunday), of the Sagicor Barbados Open Golf Championships.
Right: Alyssa Inniss-Gittens posted 80 yesterday. Following her first day 74, Inniss-Gittens now leads the field by six strokes,
By Bernard Babb
At the end of day 2, at Royal Westmoreland yesterday, Proverbs maintained his slim one-stroke lead over the defending champion and will be forced to show his mettle over the last 18 holes to stave off the Barbados captain.
On a sunny day, with somewhat higher winds, both leaders slipped as they posted 3-over-par 75's but were still clear of the field in the men's championship flight . After 36 holes, Proverbs posted a gross 146 and Johnson, 147.
Trinidadian Johnathan Millien shot the day's best score of 73 but that was good enough to keep him in third place and four shots behind the leader. Fourth was young Barbados player Xzavier Wiggins with a gross 154.
Johnson, seeking his 14th Barbados Open, started slowly on the front, as he posted 40, but completed the back nine with a one-under-par 35 that kept him in striking distance of the man threatening to dethrone him.
Proverbs, 24 and seeking his first Open title, posted scores of 39 and 36 to hang on to the lead.
Among the women, national player Alyssa Inniss-Gittens stumbled but maintained the lead in her quest to lift the title as she posted 80 yesterday. Following her first day 74, Inniss-Gittens now leads the field by six strokes, with a 36-hole gross 154, after second placed fellow Barbados player Emily Odwin shot 79 for a two-day gross 160.
Defending women's champion Kimesha Anthony of Antigua, struggled for the second day running , posting scores of 82 and 81, to remain third on a gross 163.
Veteran Barbados player Robert Piggott seemed well-positioned for a run at the senior men's title , when he registered 77 yesterday to lead the field by four shots (gross 150). Defending champion Bill Weir (154) was four shots off the pace , while early leader Trinidadian Wayne Baptiste was third (156).
Over at the Apes Hill Club, Trinidadians Daniel Soopya and Deryck Chanardip will be tussling for honors in the men's first flight (10-20 handicaps) as they were separated by a stroke after the second day.
Soopya, who shot 82, holds a one-stroke lead with a gross 173 while Chanardip shot 85 for a gross 174.
Richie Alleyne could also be pressed to retain his title in the Super-Seniors as he was overtaken by Robert Cunningham, who shot a 78 to emerge the new leader by two strokes with a gross 161. Alleyne holds a gross 163, while Birchmore Griffith was third on 166.
The 54-hole Sagicor Barbados Open enters its third and final day, today (Sunday) with men's and women's championship flights, and senior men at Royal Westmoreland, while Super seniors and men's first and second flights are being played at Apes Hill. Players from Trinidad and Tobago, host country Barbados, Antigua, St. Kitts, the United Kingdom, USA and Canada are contesting the 34th edition of the Barbados Open which is organised by the Barbados Golf Association.