Barbados players Elvis Medford and Carlsen Leacock emerged the early leaders yesterday (friday), after the first round of the 2015 Massy United Insurance Barbados Open at Royal Westmoreland.
Medford and Leacock both shot six-over-par 78 and were two strokes ahead of defending champion Julian Jordan (80) after the first 18 holes of the 54-hole tournament.
While the more experienced players generally struggled in bright sunshine on the expansive Westmoreland course, 13 year-old Barbados junior player Xzavier Wiggins also threatened to upstage his senior rivals and was one stroke off the pace in the championship flight.
Wiggins, a student of Queens College, shot a gross 79 which included an impressive even par 36 on the front-nine.
Medford announced himself among the contenders early yesterday with a two-under-par 34 on the front-nine , with birdies on No.5 and No.6, but was checked on the back-nine with a string of double-bogeys.
However, he is seeking to maintain his position among the front-runners , while hoping to move ahead of the more aggressive Leacock, who sank four birdies yesterday and seems to be driving well.
Scott Stollmeyer and Maurice Forde were also among the top six , both with 81, while former Barbados national players in tennis, Roger Edghill (84) and Michael Date (86) were having an encouraging run.
Over at the Barbados Golf Club, where five divisions were played yesterday, Leiza Munn-Blakeley led the women’s championship with a gross 88 while second was Marilyn Jackson on 91.
Young Barbados player Alyssa Inniss-Gittens shot 86 to be leader of the women’s first flight.
The senior men’s division, featuring players over 50 years, seemed poised for a keen battle as defending champion Charles Cox fired a one-over-par 73, and was being chased by Ivan Codrington (76) and experienced Barbados player Robert Piggott (77).
Defending champion Bill Weir took an early lead among the Super-seniors with a gross 76, one stroke ahead of Denis Foster.
Competition in the three-day Massy United Insurance Barbados Open continues today with play at Apes Hill and Royal Westmoreland.
Barbados players Elvis Medford
13 year-old Barbados junior player Xzavier Wiggins
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