Barbados player Donald Leacock emerged winner of the third annual Crane Resort Golf Classic when the event was played over 18 holes at the Barbados Golf Club, at Durants, last weekend.
A former Barbados junior captain, Leacock shot a gross 69 to win the stroke-play competition among low handicap players in a tournament where 86 male and female players teed off on a rain-affected course.
The champion, who is seeking his second national senior cap in the 2014 Hoerman Cup regional tournament this year, sealed the win with a birdie on the 18th hole in a group where Collis Lynch and Charles Leacock also ended their rounds with birdies. Another teenager, 14-year-old Mavi Vergos won the women’s stableford competition with 39 points, while Claire Boucher was second with 36 points.
The Stableford system, often modified to suit tournament play at the club level, is a popular system which allows high handicap players to be more competitive.
Rather than counting the total number of strokes taken, as in stroke-play, golfers play against the par score for each hole and score points based on the number of strokes taken.
Lynch played himself to a podium finish for the second straight year, in strokeplay competition, as he copped the first nett prize with a score of 63. Second was Frank Drakes (nett 66) and former Barbados tennis champion Tyrone Mapp, third with 68.
In Stabbleford play for men with 13 and over handicaps, British visitor Julian Mounter, a former BBC broadcaster, won the division with 42 points, ahead of Charles Leacock (40 points) and Eric Layne (37 points).
Mounter, a Crane resident on his 13th holiday in Barbados, said the victory was his best showing in tournament play and praised the Crane Classic as an event that allows visitors to mix and play alongside Barbadian golfers.
Following competition on the greens and fairways at Durants – players, sponsors and supporters came together for dinner and the award of prizes during a ceremony in the Town Hall at the Crane Resort on Saturday night.
Several of the attractive prizes included weekend stays at the luxurious property and Operations Manager Korey Boyce said the tournament was a good fit with the market positioning of the Crane Resort and also brought together Barbadians and visitors in an exciting event.
Other prize winners included: Harriett Linton (longest drive/women; Scott Stollmeyer (longest drive/men); Xavier Wiggins (Most outstanding junior); Sharon Kemp (England) – closest to the pin (women) and Dean Eccleston (closest to the pin/men). (BBC)