National junior players Iz Hustler and Alyssa Inniss-Gittens emerged the top players after the third series of “Order Of Merit” tournaments staged by the Barbados Golf Association.
Played at the Barbados Golf Club, at Durants, the tournaments are part of the BGA’s development programme for juniors and are coordinated by coach Denis Foster and spread over a 12-month period.
Hustler, who made his senior team debut at the Caribbean Championships in the Bahamas earlier this year, registered scores of 75, 76 and 73 in the last three competitions to cement himself at the top of the order while Inniss-Gittens, who also represented Barbados among Caribbean women in the Bahamas, posted 86, 85 and 86 for her win.
They along with promising 13-year-old Grantley Adams Memorial student , Dario Sargeant, and 12 year-old national junior Eryn Blakeley , will receive full scholarships at the Barbados Golf Club.
Sargeant, an emerging talent who shot 88 in his last tournament, and Blakeley, who won the women’s stableford division in the RBC Classic, were voted the most improved juniors in the 2016 BGA programme.
The full scholarships provided by the BGC will allow the juniors to play year-round , free of charges, as they seek to further develop their games.
The next tournament on the BGA’s calendar for juniors will be the Barbados Junior Championships which will be contested at the BGC from January 3-5 in 2017.