After the first 18 holes, Johnson was two strokes off the pace as Jordan, who showed good form on the fairways and greens on a testing day, posted even par 72 to lead the championship contenders. One stroke behind him was the experienced Carlsen Leacock , who shot a gross 73.
Johnson shot 74 for third position , while another Barbados player, Scott Stollmeyer was fourth on 76.
The male and female championship divisions (featuring players with 0 to 9 handicaps) are being played at Royal Westmoreland and the tournament is being contested over 36 holes after the scheduled first day on Friday was washed out by rain.
Following some encouraging hours of sunshine early yesterday, players were forced to contend with intermittent showers in the afternoon which tested their powers of concentration and caused the course to play somewhat longer.
Jordan, who led the field with a 3-under par 33, after the first nine holes seemingly enjoyed the conditions and will be hoping for another round of steady play today (Sunday) to give the 12-time champion something to think about.
Lawrence, who won the recent Agostini Open in Trinidad, is hoping to press the leaders over the last 18 holes today (Sunday) after playing the course for the first time yesterday.
Fourth among the women was former Jamaica player Leiza Munn-Blakeley , who shot 81 off a nine-handicap, while another 15 year-old Trinidadian Sabrina Mitchell, shot 83.
Over at Apes Hill, where other divisions in the Massy United Barbados Open were contested yesterday and also hit by rain, Trinidadian Ravi Deonarine registered 84 and was making a bid to win the men’s first flight (11-19 handicaps). He was followed by Barbadians Malcom Hunte (85) and Richard Edghill (87).
Among the Seniors (50 years and over), Newton Daisley and Terry Nanton were tied for the lead on a gross 82 while Bill Weir was seeking to defend his Super Seniors (60 years) title and leading the field with a gross 75.
The final day's play in all divisions of the 2014 Massy United Insurance Barbados Open will be hosted at Royal Westmoreland on Sunday, before a major awards ceremony after competition on the fairways.
By Bernard Babb