By Bernard Babb
Players, organisers and sponsors are celebrating another successful staging of the RBC Classic, the island’s second biggest tournament on the calendar of the Barbados Golf Association.
This year’s event coincided with the Independence Games being staged by the Barbados Olympic Association and was contested last weekend, on November 25 and 26, on a well-prepared and inviting course at the Barbados Golf Club.
In between efforts to stave off their rivals and land podium finishes, several players commended the staff at the BGC for producing a course in top shape , where the fairways offered rewards for good drives and the greens rolled true and relatively fast.
Among such players was veteran Barbados player Julian Jordan, who finished mid-table in the men’s championship but said he was happy that two of the island’s young national players stood up to be counted and won the event.
Winners of the main championship divisions of the 2017 Classic were 16 year-old Iz Hustler among the men and 13 year-old Emily Odwin among the women.
Jordan also said it was a tournament he always looked forward to playing and lauded sponsors RBC, Royal Fidelity and the BGA for working to elevate the RBC Classic to “a Tier-1 event” on the golf circuit.
Close to 100 players took part in the 13th annual RBC Classic and among them were a number of well known cricketers - including Desmond Haynes, Nolan Clarke and Shamar Brooks.
During the traditional post-event awards ceremony at the BGC club-house, Managing Director of Royal Bank (Barbados), Robert DeSilva , and BGA President Trevor Tasker , both thanked all stakeholders for making the tournament a success and were particularly full of praise for the performance of the young players.
“At RBC we are committed to making a positive difference in the communities in which we operate and we strongly believe that sports help our youth to be better equipped to grow and reach their full potential.With our involvement in events like the RBC Golf Classic,we bring to life our purpose of helping our clients thrive and communities to prosper,” said DeSilva.
The tournament was organized by the BGA and Tasker further said that the emergence of the young players underscored the importance of the Association’s junior development programme , which includes order of merit competitions during the course of the year.
The President also suggested that it was significant to note that several of the younger players had broken through to earn places on the senior national team over the past two years and lauded RBC for their support of the Classic and junior golfers over the years.
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