Scores of golfers in for classic

More than 100 players will tee-off in the 8th RBC Royal Bank Golf Classic being played at the Barbados Golf Club on November 24 and 25th.

Organised by the Barbados Golf Association, BGA President Hadley Byer said he expected the tournament to be over-subscribed with places open for 120 players.

(From left) Joseph Charles, Hadley Byer and Betty-June Leacock at the media briefing.

During a media conference at the Barbados Golf Club yesterday, Byer said there were more than 400 golfers in Barbados and this meant that there would be tight competition for entry spots.

The RBC Classic is a major event on the BGA’s calendar and the president said he was again anticipating lots of interest from abroad. According to him, foreign golfers last year made up 20 per cent of the entries.

Top Barbados player James Johnson is defending champion in the RBC Classic, which was won by Canada-based Barbadian Stephen Layne in 2010.

Speaking on behalf of the sponsors, RBC’s corporate communications manager Joseph Charles said his company had supported the event from its inception and they were proud to be associated with one of the island’s premier golf tournaments. He said RBC also had a proud tradition of supporting regional and international golf.

Funds raised from hosting the annual RBC Classic will go towards assisting the development of junior golf in Barbados and Charles reported that again this year the bank would present a High Performance Award to a young golfer who showed the best skills and character throughout the season. This award was previously won by junior national players Serena Smith and Donald Leacock.

During the media conference, RBC marketing manager Frank Drakes also made a presentation of $3 000 to the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Barbados. This was a donation to a charity identified by the BGA, following the “Birdies For Charity” initiative which coincided with the Caribbean Golf Championships in St. Kitts in August.

General manager of the Barbados Golf Club, the host club of the Classic over the years, Betty-June Leacock reported that some upgrade work was currently being done on the greens and the course would be in top shape for the 2012 tournament.

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