Two hundred and eighty-eight golfers are expected in Barbados next week for the Sir Garfield Sobers Festival of Golf to be staged at the Sandy Lane Golf Course in St. James.
At the launch of the tournament today at the Sandy Lane Country Club, tournament director Dennis Foster outlined plans for the highly anticipated annual event which comes off on April 25, 26, 27 and 28 and is considered the premier event of its kind in the region.
He revealed that of those registered 230 were overseas with 127 from Trinidad and Tobago, 70 from England and the other golfers from other regional territories. Among the Barbadians expected to showcase their talents is James Johnson, local amateur champion for the last two years.
Johnson is the current Caribbean amateur champion as well as the Trinidad & Tobago amateur champion. Johnson is the first Barbadian ever to win that prestigious championship. Among the other regional players expected to give a good account are Julian Jordan, Clint Alfred and Wayne Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago.
This year’s tournament does not include a professional category but that factor has not prevented the overwhelming interest shown in the event. Among the others registered are Rae Stollmeyer, Helen Foster and Lynn deCambra-McCleod who will carry local expectations against the likes of the highly rated Pauline Raynor of Trinidad. The ladies’ championships is expected to be wide open.
Among the seniors, Michael Comissiong of Trinidad will be hard to beat but his work will not be plain sailing as he has to contend with compatriot Richard Lara and local player, Michael Haynes. Monty Chapman gets the pundit’s eye among the super seniors, but this category is also difficult to predict.
The action is expected to tee off about 8 a.m.†