Defending Champion James Johnson, has pulled out of the annual two day tournament because of prior commitments.
Johnson has been in tremendous form in 2013 wining the Barbados Open, the Rockley cup and placing second at the Trinidad open.
His absence this year leaves the 2010 and 2011 champion, Stephen Layne with a golden opportunity to recapture the title he missed-out on last year.
Layne didn’t enter the 2012 edition of the classic, but This time around says he’s pumped-up and fully focused on lifting the trophy in 2013.
“I’ve been preparing slowing trying to adapt to the greens since I arrived here this week, and it seems promising”, said Layne.
Born in Barbados, Layne migrated to Canada in 1986 with his family, and made his first return to the island for the 2007 RBC Classic.
“It’s one of those tournaments that intrigues’ me, I played in the classic in 2008 and 2009 before finally wining it in 2010, and every since then I have been finishing in the top three”.
Winning the men’s championship flight might not be a cake-walk for Layne, there are a couple entrants who could spring a surprise.
Former champion Orville Alleyne, along with Scott Stollmeyer and Dawn Bisphamwill be in the hunt for the top prize.
On the women’s side, all eyes will be on Muffin Stollmeyer. The Barbados open champion will be hoping to cap-off a successful season, but will have a good fight on her hands against Marvi Vergof.
Over 120 golfers are expected to feature in the tournament which tees-off at 7 a.m. tomorrow morning.
The two-day competition, sponsored by RBC for the ninth year, will once again comprise the men’s championship, men’s 1st flight, senior open, women’s championship, super senior, men’s open and women’s open.