Champions James Johnson and Helen Foster will defend their titles in†the 2013 United Insurance/Digicel Rockley Open golf tournament which tees off on Saturday.
Johnson, the island’s top player, is seeking his third consecutive Rockley Open title and is expected to fend off challenges from main rivals Judd Cozier, a five-time winner, and Canadian Bill McIntyre.
One hundred players are set to tee off in the tournament which will be played over 36 holes on Saturday and Sunday.
This prestigious annual event will see some of the island’s best golfers matching skills against a large number of overseas players, mainly from Canada and England, who are on winter vacation in Barbados.
Plans for the tournament were announced at a media briefing on†Wednesday at the Rockley Club, Christ Church, where United’s† underwriting manager Carl Norris said his company was happy to be†again associated with the tournament.
“This is the†seventh year of sponsorship of the Open †by United Insurance and we are pleased to partner with Rockley Golf Club and fellow sponsors for two great days of golf in the tournament,” said Norris.
Commercial director of†Digicel, Alex Tasker, said he was expecting an exciting weekend of golf and a high level of play from the island’s best. He also said Digicel was happy to continue its†support for the tournament†and they were aware of what it meant to stay the course as they were celebrating their ninth anniversary in Barbados
Rockley Club captain Clarence Hiles said the United Insurance/ Digicel Open was the club’s biggest tournament and thanked the sponsors for their continued support of the event.