Several of the island's top golfers are still celebrating after an exciting 12th edition of the RBC Golf Classic which was staged last weekend (November 26 and 27) at the Barbados Golf Club.
After 36 holes on a testy Durants course, in brilliant sunshine , players collected their awards and rewards during a ceremony in the club-house on Sunday night- hosted by the sponsors RBC, and tournament organisers, the Barbados Golf Association.
Both RBC vice-President, Wenrick Clarke and BGA President Trevor Tasker thanked the players, officials and BGC staff for a highly successful tournament this year which attracted 116 players.
The operations staff at BGC were also particularly lauded for being able to produce a good course for tournament play after heavy rains leading up to the Classic.
Clarke said the sponsors were happy to partner with the BGA for the Classic, which is a highlight of the local golf calendar, and which allowed local and international golf enthusiasts to match wits and skills over two days.
"It makes us particularly proud to serve such a higher purpose as doing so allows us to create opportunities for our clients beyond our banking halls. For us, success isn’t only measured by the dollar value of a transaction. We seek opportunities to help our clients and communities build a better future," Clarke said.
He disclosed that RBC had a rich history of supporting golf around the world and listed the Canadian Open and the RBC Heritage as two of the globally recognised events .
The RBC executive further related that the company was particularly pleased to partner the BGA in creating the RBC High Performance Award for deserving juniors in Barbados, which will assist with the total development of young players, both on and off the course.
This year the High Performance Award is being jointly shared by Emily Odwin and Alyssa Inniss-Gittens, two teenaged national juniors who finished tied for second place in the women's championship with a gross 175.
Among the top performers in the 2016 RBC Classic were: Men's champion - Carlsen Leacock (gross 155); Women's champion - Julia Stephenson (172); men's first flight winner - Oaziah Layne (157); Women's stableford winner - Eryn Blakeley (70 points); Men's Stableford winner - Alwyn Browne (73 points); Senior Men's Stableford winner - Tony Reece (70 points); Senior men's strokeplay champion - Richard Payne (gross 149); and Super Seniors champion - Ricky Skeete (gross 153).
The next event on the BGA's calendar is the year-ending Presidents Putter at the Royal Westmoreland course on December 11.
By Bernard Babb
Men's first flight champion, 14-year-old Oaziah Layne goes for the green on No.14 after an errant tee-shot.
Fourteen year-old Oaziah Layne won the men's first flight and was presented with his trophy by Meryl Stoute, RBC's Team Leader for Business Banking.
Tony Reece was the winner of the senior men's stableford competition.
Junior national player Xzavier Wiggins hits a tee shot in the RBC Classic.
Men's champion Carlsen Leacock (second left) accepted his trophy and awards from Wenrick Clarke (RBC vice-president), Jillian Nunes (Country Head of Royal Fidelity) and BGA President, Trevor Tasker.
Women's strokeplay champion Julia Stephenson (right) and women's stableford winner Eryn Blakeley (left) accepted their prizes from Deidre Cox , RBC Manager of Private Banking.
The RBC High Performance Award is being shared this year by national junior players Emily Odwin and Alyssa Inniss-Gittens. Making the presentation were Jillian Nunes (left), Country Head of Royal Fidelity Merchant Bank, and Wenrick Clarke , Area Vice-President of Royal Bank.
Men's Stableford winner Alwyn Browne (left) accepted his prize from RBC's branch manager Alford Ashton.
Senior Men's champion Richard Payne (left) and Super-Seniors champion Ricky Skeete were presented with their trophies by Meryl Stoute of sponsors RBC.
Wayne Boucher, who was third in men's stableford play, hits out of the bunker at hole. No.8.
Former Jamaica player Mark Blakeley, hitting off the No.6 tee, finished second in the RBC Classic for the second straight year.
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