Businessmen Martin Pritchard and Ian Pickup are celebrating as the champions of the Barbados Golf Association’s 2014 Challenge Cup.
The winners produced a combined net score of 59 on Saturday to grab the Cup during an exciting tournament at the Barbados Golf Club, Durants, Christ Church.
Over 100 players, ranging in ages from 12 to 78, contested the two-ball/better-ball event which also saw the second and third-placed teams locked on net scores of 61.
Geoff Taylor and Gerald Schmelter were adjudged second and edged Peter Downes and Gordon Walker on the count-back system. Several prizes that tested the skills of golfers were also up for grabs and National Hero and former Barbados golfer and cricketer Sir Garfield Sobers upstaged his younger rivals as he won the Closest-To-The-Pin-Prize on the 10th hole. Sir Garry, now 78 and still timing his strokes delightfully, landed his tee-shot within two feet of the pin on a tee-box which forces players to hit from south to north.
The prize for the longest drive for women was won by Kei Harris while Jaleel Marshall took the men’s equivalent on the 11th hole.
During a presentation ceremony at the BGC club-house, new BGA president Cally Boyea thanked all players for making the Challenge Cup a success and sponsors Sagicor General, Automotive Arts, Just Grillin Restaurant and Banks for their support. Boyea also praised the management and staff of the Barbados Golf Club for hosting the Challenge Cup and disclosed that the next tournament will be the BGA Scramble
on May 10, also at Durants.
National trials for players seeking to represent Barbados in the 2014 Caribbean Golf Championships in Puerto Rico, will also start on May 31. (BB)