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Barbados Open tournament to begin Sept 19

The 2014 Massy United Insurance Barbados Open Golf Tournament, being organised by the Barbados Golf Association (BGA), will be played on three courses from September 19 to 21.

The BGA president Cally Boyea said they were expecting the tournament to be fully subscribed with 130 players again this year from the Caribbean, North America and Europe, playing at Apes Hill, Royal Westmoreland and the Barbados Golf Club.

Top golfers in the championship flight, consisting of players with 0 to 9 handicaps, will play their 54-holes of competition at Royal Westmoreland while the other divisions will compete at the BGC, at Durants, on Friday, September 19 and at Apes Hill on Saturday, September 20.

All players, in all divisions, will contest the final 18 holes of the Massy United Insurance Open at Royal Westmoreland on Sunday, September 21, where the awards ceremony will also take place after competition on the greens and fairways.

Following recent rebranding, this is the first year that the Open tournament will be played under the Massy banner and Micky Armstrong, director of marketing and business development for Massy United Insurance, said they were happy to continue their support of the Open championships .

“We have been supporting the Barbados Open tournament, in partnership with the BGA and other associates, for many years and we look forward to another weekend of exciting golf in this prestigious event.

“Massy United Insurance has a good record of supporting sports and causes in communities in which we operate and we remain committed to the philosophy of providing great coverage and service and being good corporate citizens,” Armstrong said.

Massy United’s support for golf not only extends to the Open tournament but has also embraced the BGA’s annual development summer camp for young players at the Barbados Golf Club.

Last year, perennial Barbados champion James Johnson  won the men’s  Open title for the 12th time as he came back from two strokes down on the last day to defeat OECS player Trevor Levine. Rae “Muffin” Stollmeyer, also a Barbados national player, won the women’s championship for the second straight year with a 54-hole gross 229 as she finished seven strokes ahead of 13-year-old Mavi Vergos.

The Barbados Open is one of the most popular annual tournaments for leading Caribbean players and organisers are preparing to host scores of visiting players again this year.

Last year 130 players from Trinidad and Tobago, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Martinique, Antigua,  the USVI, Canada, the United States, England and host country Barbados took part in the 30th Open Tournament.


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