"Bispham Seals it"
Hadley Byer, President - Barbados Golf Association, Rae-Debbie Skinner, RBC Market Head - Business Banking, Dawn Bispham, the new RBC classic Champion.
Dawn Bispham is the new champion of the RBC classic.
Coming into the final day on Sunday at the Barbados Golf Club with a two stroke lead over Canadian Stephen Layne, Bispham held his nerve to win his first ever RBC tournament.
Scores of 72 and 77 over two days gave Bispham a gross total of 149 in a competition where almost everyone struggled with their putter on the fast greens.
“I just played my natural game and let the others make the mistakes, and when they did, I just capitalized and kept my head down”, said Bispham.
Stephen Layne, Dawn Bispham - RBC classic champion.
Bispham who is a caddie at the Sandy Lane Golf Club and a Taxi Driver at the Bridgetown Port says the turning point in his performance was his Eagle putt on one of the par five holes, which kick-started his march to the title on day one.
“I came into day two with a level mind and I didn’t try anything out of the way because I was in front. I just focused on making par and having a solid game all the way around the course”.
Second place went to Scott Stollmeyer who was one stroke behind 2011 champion Steven Layne, coming into day two.
He had solid starts of birdie and par on the two opening holes on each day of the competition, and ended with a total of 151, shooting 75 on day one and a gross score of 76 on day two.
“Today was really just some issues on the greens. I hit the ball well all weekend long but the putting made the difference”, said Stollmeyer.
2011 champion Steven Layne would be kicking himself after some costly mistakes. One such error was finding the water hazard on the ninth hole and dropping a shot after a solid drive off the tee.
“Getting accustomed to the greens was the biggest challenge, I guess I needed a little more time on the course. Back in Canada the Greens are a lot slower”, said Layne.
His total over 36 holes was gross 154, 74 on the first day and 80 on day two.
The Net prize in the Championship flight went to BGA president Hadley Byer, he finished with a score of 143.
In the ladies Championship flight, Rae “muffin” Stollmeyer sealed the title after carding a two day gross score of 161, shooting 82 on day one and a 79 on day two.
The stand-out junior was 12 year-old Mavi Vergos who won the 1st place net prize among theChampionship ladies finishing with 148.
In the other categories; no one could match Collis Lynch in the men’s first flight, his net score of 168 was two better than second place Chris Cobleywith 170.Horace Cobham won the net prize in that section with a score of 147.
Ricky Skeete collected the top prize in the senior menwith 152 gross,whileMichael Haynes ended with Net 148.
Inthe Super Senior section, thatwas won by Bill Weir with 145 Gross, while Naz Hosein grabbed the Net prize with 132.
The Ladies stableford was won by Zerina Belgrave, as she amassed 80 points over the two days.
Bispham leads the Classic
Barbadian Golfer Dawn Bispham stole the show on day one of the RBC golf Classic at the Barbados Golf Club on Saturday.
Playing in the keenly contested Championship flight, Bispham who is a five handicap, shot a gross score of 72, after a one over par performance on the front, and one under on the back nine.
A lot of focus was on Canadian Stephen Layne coming into this tournament, after the late withdrawal of his main rival, Barbadian golfer, James Johnson.
Layne, the pre-tournament favourite and 2011 champion is just two shots off the pace, carding a gross score 74 to be second.
One shot back and Nipping at Layne’s heels is Scott Stollmeyer who went into the club house with gross 75.
In the ladies section Leiza Munn leads the pack with net 70, struggling on the front nine at six over, but recovered well to shoot level par on the back nine.
Helen foster is second with 72 and Julia Stephenson rounding out the top three with 74.
Not to be left out, Xavier Wiggjns with a net 75 was the stand-out performer in the Junior boys, while Mavi Vergos was equally as impressive carding an identical score of net 75 to lead the girls.
In the other categories, Collis Lynch was the toast of the men’s first flight, ending day one with a net 68. Chris Cobley is second with 71, while there is a four way tie for third place between Livy Webster, Jon Layne, Frank Drakes and Horace Cobham.
There was no stopping Bill Weir in the Super seniors, he carries a five shot lead over his opponents heading into day two with his net score of 65.
Ivan Codrington is leading the senior men, while Alwin Browne and Hank Lucas are tied for the top spot in the Stableford competition with 34 points.
Day two begins at 6:30 a.m. and the closing Ceremony is slated for 6:30 p.m at the Barbados Golf Club.