It’s James Johnson once again.
Barbados’ top golfer secured his 11th national title, winning the men’s championship when the 29th United Insurance Barbados Open concluded yesterday evening at the Sandy Lane Country Club.
On a day hit by early morning rains and sometimes blustery winds, the perennial Barbados champion produced his worst round on the final day, registering a two-over par 74, but was still too good for the competition as he posted a 54-hole gross 213.
Johnson had led the field by a whopping 13 strokes going into the final day but struggled by his own standards to eventually win by three-under-par. Second was Judd Cozier, who shot an improved 75 to finish with a gross 229, including an eagle on the ninth hole, while Marcus Clarke was third on 231 after posting 79 on Sunday.
Trinidadian Dave Rajkumar, who bravely fought the Barbadians on home turf, took fourth spot with a tournament gross 234.
Among the females, Muffin Stollmeyer produced an impressive comeback to capture the women’s championship as her main rivals 11 year-old Mavi Vergos and experienced Julia Stephenson stumbled.
Stollmeyer, who trailed Vergos on the first day, shot a final day 79 to finish with a gross 235 over 54 holes. Vergos was second (259) and Stephenson third (2670).
Promising teenager, 14 year-old Spencer Smith of