This year’s United Insurance Barbados Open Golf Championship will be a magnificent spectacle with a number of innovative events.
That was the promise made by president of the Barbados Golf Association, Hadley Byer, at a media conference held today at the Barbados Golf Club, Durants, Christ Church to launch the championship.
Byer said the Barbados Golf Open would be played on four golf courses and would include a pro-am (professional and amateur) tournament and special social events which were designed to ensure that it was not just golf but good fun for all involved
The four-day championship will start on September 6 at the Barbados Golf Club and then move to the Country Club at Sandy Lane, it will then shift to Royal Westmoreland Golf Club on the final day for the closing ceremony.
For the first time in the tournament’s history there will be a professional section of the championship to be held at Apes Hill, St. James
“A number of professional golfers have already registered for the championship. Among them are our local pro at the Barbados Golf Club Michael Marshall, Sean Edey the pro at Royal Westmoreland, Mitchell Casper and Chris MacMillan from Trinidad and other golfers from the Caribbean. United Insurance has donated $20,000 for this tournament. So the pros who have been asking for a tournament of this magnitude now have something to compete for. The amateurs will be vying to capture the prestigious Barbados Men and Ladies Championships,” Byer said.
Marketing manager of United Insurance, Sharron Elcock Alleyne, said this year’s tournament should be a spectacular one and the deployment of four courses was a welcome upgrade to an event that has been a major part of the island’s sporting calendar for the past 30 years.
Defending champion James Johnson said one of his biggest challenges this year would be playing on the three different courses and adjusting to the conditions would be a test of his skills.
Johnson added that he was eagerly looking forward to playing in the pro-am and beating some of the professionals. (DH)