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Cozier reclaims golf title

sportsjuddcozierJudd Cozier staged an upset en route to securing his seventh Rockley Open Golf title when the United Insurance/Digicel-sponsored tournament concluded on Sunday.

Forced to play second fiddle to perennial Barbados champion James Johnson over the past two years, Cozier produced one of his best showings on the local circuit to defeat the defending champion and reclaim the Rockley Open title by five strokes.

Cozier’s victory was set-up by an impressive†first day 65, which†was five strokes better than Johnson’s 70. Both were keenly locked in battle on the second day, shooting 74 each, but the early lead proved too much for Johnson to trim on the tight Rockley course

Cozier, also a Barbados player, took the title with a 36-hole†gross 139 while Johnson shot 144. Third was Swedish visitor Richard Zaar with 147.

Johnson had won the Rockley Open in 2011 and 2012, while Cozier previously won in 1997, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Among the women, Debbie Fung emerged the new champion as she posted a gross 157 over 36 holes

Fung, who was second to Helen Foster last year, was chased by†experienced† Barbados player Julia Stephenson (169) and third-placed Christine Nash (174). The improving Simone Ward took the women’s nett prize (score of 128) while Rockley Club captain Rolf Phillips took the nett prize in the men’s first flight with a score of 139.

David Walker emerged winner in the men’s second flight (16 and higher handicap) with a two-day gross 168 while Brian Watson (25 handicap) took the nett prize in that division.

Marketing officer of United Insurance, Karen Richards, said they were happy to support another exciting Rockley tournament and were looking forward to continuing their association with golf later in the year with the staging of the United Open.

Ninety-two players took part in the 2013 United Insurance/ Digicel Rockley Open with around 40 of them being visitors from Europe and North America. (BB)††

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