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Organiser: Bigger, better golfing in 2013

James Johnson (centre) being presented with the Champion’s Trophy by David Alleyne, Chief Operating Officer of United, and Hadley Byer (right), BGA president.

The island’s leading golf tournament, the United Insurance Barbados Open, will be bigger and better next year coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the event.

Following the 29th annual tournament which concluded last Sunday at The Country Club at Sandy Lane, Chief Operating Officer of United Insurance David Alleyne assurred local and visiting golfers that the 2013 tournament would be a special event.

“We will work with the BGA to make the 30th anniversary a special one. These are challenging times but as we go forward United feels that we have a duty, as a good corporate citizen, to continue to support endeavours that allow our people to enjoy clean and wholesome activities and provide an outlet for the expression of excellence,” Alleyne said.

After three days of competition on the greens and fairways, organisers, sponsors, players and supporters gathered for the awards ceremony at the clubhouse of The

Country Club where BGA President Hadley Byer thanked all for making the 29th United Barbados Open, a successful tournament. He also specially thanked cricket legends, Sir Garfield Sobers and Desmond Haynes, for accepting invitations to play in the three-day tournament which is regarded as the national championship of local golf.

At the end of 54 holes of competition, top Barbados player James Johnson won the title for the 11th time in 15 years while Muffin Stollmeyer (formerly Muffin Johnson), a national female player, won the women’s championship. Other winners were: Men’s First Flight – Spencer Smith (249); Senior Men – Michael Haynes (227); Super Seniors (over 60 years) – Monty Chapman (225). (BB)

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