Barbadian pro Sean Edey, along with amateurs Sean Byer, Derek Hamilton and Ravi Deonarine, emerged winners of the inaugural United Insurance Barbados Open pro-am tournament at Apes Hill on Thursday.
The foursome posted a nett-score of 210 and won on the count-back system, ahead of Trinidadian pro Chris Richards and amateur players Rodney Phillips, Asraph Ali and Asgar Ali, who also shot a nett 210.
Organisers said the winners played a better back-nine holes, where they shot level par compared to the second placed team who were one over.
Third were Barbadian pro Roger Beale Jnr. and the team of Paul Cooper, Patrice LeClaire and Steven Scoone who registered 211.
Edey, a young heavy-set professional in his 20s, shot 74 while Beale, his fellow Royal Westmoreland pro, shot even par 72 and took an early lead in the professional segment of the 2013 Barbados Open.
Under some much welcomed sunshine, after threatening rains earlier in the week, the pro-am tournament got going with a 12.30p.m. shotgun start before the champions defied the challenge of the undulating Apes Hill course and highly competitive rival teams.
The Pro-Am was one of the new elements introduced this year to the United Barbados Open, to coincide with a special 30th edition of the annual championship. Each professional, boasting a zero handicap, was accompanied by three amateur partners and the team competed as a best-ball foursome, with the amateurs using their handicaps
Professionals from Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Kitts and England took part in the Pro-Am event and they are continuing their rivalry, for cash prizes, over the next three days, also at Apes Hill.
Among the professionals taking part in the 54-hole pro-competition are: Mike Marshall (Barbados), Sean Edey (B’dos) Jesse Jattan (Trinidad) , Franklyn Stephenson (B’dos) , Chris Macmillan (Tobago), Roger Beale (B’dos), Chris Richards (T’dad), Andrew Linch (England) , Alex Sanderman (England) and Fitzroy Collins (Tobago).
Action for the amateurs in the 2013 United Barbados Open, where James Johnson is seeking his 12th crown, started today at the Barbados Golf Club and continues tomorrow at The Country Club at Sandy Lane and concludes on Sunday at Royal Westmoreland. (BB)