Veteran national player Julian Jordan leads a Barbadian contingent competing in the 2017 Trinidad and Tobago Golf Open which tees off tomorrow.
Jordan, the 2014 Barbados Open champion and a regular in regional competition, is among more than a dozen Bajan golfers competing among 136 international players in the annual 72-hole event at the St. Andrews course.
Among some other Bajan players contesting the 110th Trinidad and Tobago Open are national juniors Xzavier Wiggins and Iz Hustler, seniors Birchmore Griffith and Richie Alleyne, BGA president Trevor Tasker and former president Hadley Byer , Maurice Forde, Dawn Bispham, Roger Bryan, Ansari Muhajari and Shurland Forde.
The four-day Trinidad and Tobago Open carries added significance this year as regional players will be seeking to gain points to boost their international amateur rankings and the top four finishers in the championship flight will also qualify for a new PGA/Latin America tournament in Jamaica.
The 2017 Trinidad and Tobago Open is being used a qualifier for the inaugural Jamaica Classic, to be played at the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course in Montego Bay, from June 12-18.
For the second straight year, Barbados champion James Johnson, a three-time winner of the Trinidad and Tobago Open, will be absent from Port-of-Spain because of other commitments.
Johnson, who last won in 2015, also carried off the championship in 2011 and 2012 and lost a play-off for the title in 2013, when he was narrowly defeated by Trinidadian Shane Costelloe.
The title last year was won by 18-year-old Trinidadian Sachin Kumar, who also will not be defending his crown, and the field appears to be an open one this year.
In addition to the strokeplay of the competitive Trinidad and Tobago Open, The President’s Cup is also being contested where the scores of the top two players from Barbados, Trinidad and St. Kitts will determine the team title.
Barbados won the President’s Cup in 2015 before the Trinidadians reclaimed it last year with good performances from Sol Joanni and Sachin Kumar.
“We are expecting some exciting golf over the four days. We have a good field of quality players across divisions and we are hoping to do well,” said BGA president Tasker.
Following the Trinidad and Tobago Open, Barbados is also expected to host a sizeable contingent from the twin-island Republic for the 2017 Barbados Open later this year.