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Jarvis & Blakeley come out tops

Collis Lynch (left) second overall, receives his trophy from BGC general manager Betty-June Leacock and general manager of the Crane, Michael Phillips.

Collis Lynch (left) second overall, receives his trophy from BGC general manager Betty-June Leacock and general manager of the Crane, Michael Phillips.

Seventy-five players teed off but in the end, Ricardo Jarvis and Liza Blakeley emerged winners of the second annual Crane Golf Classic last Sunday at the Barbados Golf club.

Competing among the low handicap players (12 and under handicap) in the†Stableford tournament, Jarvis scored 42 points over 18 holes to win the men’s division while Blakeley won the women’s competition with a score of† 36 points.

Blakeley edged out British visitor Patricia Newson and 12 year-old Mavi Vergos for the women’s title, winning on a count-back system after all three players were locked on 36 points.†Jarvis was followed by Collis Lynch (second on 40 points) and Trevor Tasker (third on 37 points) in the men’s division.

The Stableford system, which is often modified to suit tournament play at the club level, is a popular system in the United Kingdom and allows high handicap players to be more competitive. Unlike traditional scoring methods, where the aim is to have the lowest score, under Stableford rules †the objective is to have the highest score.

Rather than counting the total number of strokes taken, as in stroke-play, golfers play against the par score for each hole and score points based on the number of strokes taken.

Among the higher handicap players in the Crane Resort-sponsored tournament on Sunday, retired Canadian Army Colonel William “Sandy” Dawson (24 handicap), a resident guest at the Crane,†won his division as he†scored 40 points† over†the 18 holes. Second was Barbadian Algie Leacock (21 handicap), with 37 points and third, Roger Moore (37 points).

Following competition on the greens and fairways at Durants – players, sponsors and supporters came together for dinner and the award of prizes during a ceremony at the luxurious Crane Resort on Sunday night.

General manager of the Barbados Golf Club, Betty-June Leacock thanked the players and sponsors for making the tournament a success, while Michael Phillips, the general manager of the Crane Resort, said†he was impressed with the growth of the classic in two short years.

“This tournament is a good fit with our market positioning, bringing together Barbadians and visitors, and we anticipate that it will be even bigger †in 2014,” Phillips said. (BB)

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