By Bernard Babb
Golfers across the island are in training for the island’s biggest championship, the 2017 Sagicor Barbados Open.
The 34th edition of the annual Open tournament will be played from August 25-27 and organisers, the Barbados Golf Association, disclosed that competition will be staged in seven divisions and contested at the world-class Royal Westmoreland and Apes Hill courses.
It is a major event for Barbados and the region and more than 100 players from the Caribbean, England and North America are expected to compete, in a tournament that has come to be regarded as the island's national championships.
BGA President Trevor Tasker and Mark Blakeley, Sagicor's Vice-President of Marketing and Business Development, said they were both looking forward to an exciting event.
Blakeley said Sagicor was proud to support the Open Championships for the second year running and also continue their service and support to communities and people across the Caribbean.
“For Sagicor and Sagicor General, sponsorship of such a prestigious event, affords us the opportunity through sport, to foster and build on our long-standing support for the communities in which we operate,” said Blakeley.
Blakeley further disclosed that Sagicor was no stranger to Golf and in 2001, through their Legacy company The Barbados Mutual, they had sponsored the Mutual Bank Open tournament in partnership with the Barbados Golf Club.
Tasker said the BGA was happy to have Sagicor on board again as title sponsor for the Barbados Open and such support played a major role in assisting the Association to fulfill its mandate of growing the sport on the island.
Specific to the Barbados Open, the BGA President said the tournament presented the opportunity for Barbadian golfers to compete against best local and regional players, and for the right to be rated as the best golfer on the island.
“This year we are anticipating about 120 players to compete across all divisions and to date we have entries from Trinidad, Canada, USA and UK, and some queries from Guadeloupe. We are anticipating a very competitive field and it should be three days of exciting golf,” he said.