Two new Golf Classic champions
Two new champions are celebrating victories in the 2014 RBC Royal Bank Golf Classic after outstanding performances yesterday(Sunday) at the Barbados Golf Club.
Scott Stollmeyer fended off his closest rivals in the men’s championship to post an even par 72 yesterday and produced a podium finish while former Jamaica player Leiza Munn-Blakeley continued her domination of the women’s division and converted an early three-stroke lead into victory.
Stollmeyer, driving solidly off the tee and displaying good touch around the greens, took the championship with a 36-hole gross 145, which was four strokes better than early contender Stephen Layne of Canada, who shot 77 on the final day to finish on 149.
Barbados Open champion Julian Jordan registered 76 yesterday for a gross 150, which was good enough for third place, ahead of former Barbados cricketer Nolan Clarke (152) and Roger Bostic , 154.
Among the women, Munn-Blakeley, who finished second in the Massy United Insurance Barbados Open in September, shot 79 over the final 18 holes yesterday for a 36-hole gross 156, which was six strokes better than second-placed teenager Mavi Vergos , who registered 162. Third was veteran Helen Foster on 165.
Zerian Belgrave maintained her grip on the women’s Stableford competition and won the division with 71 points, which was six better than second placed Anne Gilbert (65).
Veteran Malcolm posted a convincing win in the highly competitive men’s first flight after he held a slender one-stroke lead over the front-runners after the first 18holes.
After scoring 80 on Saturday, Hunte added 78 yesterday for a gross 153 which was eight strokes clear of second-placed Roger Bryan (161). Collis Lynch, Chris Cobley and David Vowles were all tied for third with a gross 165.
Long-serving Barbados player Ricky Skeete predictably grabbed the Senior’s men’s title despite a 72 from rival Michael Haynes and a late surge from Ivan Codrington, with 73. Skeete won with a two-day gross 148, while Codrington shot 150 and Haynes 151.
In Stableford play, among the high handicappers, David Degg upstaged the field of 30 golfers to win with 73 points, one ahead of David Hodges and Hank Lucas who both shot 72 over 36 holes.
Bill Weir held on to his Super Seniors trophy (60 years and over) with a gross 148, three strokes ahead of Teddy Grell (151).
The RBC Classic was organised by the Barbados Golf Association and more than 100 players took part in the two-day tournament, which was jointly sponsored by Royal Fidelity Merchant Bank and Trust for the first time this year.