As part of efforts to attract juniors to the sport and the competition, RBC and The Barbados Golf Association (BGA) have teamed up to offer the Junior High Performance Award.
Manager of marketing, corporate communications and brand at RBC, Joseph Charles, made the announcement during a Press conference at the Barbados Golf Club, Durants, Christ Church.
“In keeping with our mandate to assist with junior development in Barbados, the bank in collaboration with the BGA will be presenting the award,” he said.
“This award will be given to the young golfer who demonstrates that they have the requisite balance of talent, hard work, discipline, and the willingness to succeed.”
“And above all, the quality of character and values which are commensurate with the standards at RBC.”
Over 120 golfers are expected to feature at the tournament, and President of the Barbados Golf Association, Hadley Byer said golfers from Europe and North America would be among those in contention for the top prize.
The two-day competition, which is being 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.
The men’s open is especially expected to be keenly contested with the participation of defending champion James Johnson and Canadian Steven Layne.
Having won the competition in 2011, Layne was unable to return the following year to defend his title, so an intriguing contest between him and Johnson is on the cards.
General Manager of the Barbados Golf Club, Betty-June Leacock said the players participating this year could expect the greens to be a little faster, which should be a challenging experience, but an enjoyable one at the same time.