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Forde wins Crane Classic

Maurice Forde is celebrating as winner of the fourth annual Crane Resort Golf Classic which was played on Saturday at the Barbados Golf Club.

A left-hander, who attended a Florida university on a golf scholarship, Forde shot a gross 74 to win the stroke-play competition among low handicap players in a tournament contested by 75 male and female players.

The champion, who played in a four-ball group that included BGA president Cally Boyea, experienced Newton Daisley and retired banker Horace Cobham,  sank four birdies en route to his outstanding podium finish.

Forde took two trophies on awards night at the luxurious Crane Resort as he also produced the longest drive, lashing his tee-shot 290 yards on hole No.17.

Maurice Forde and Sharon Kemp collecting their trophies from BGC general manager Betty-June Leacock (l) and the Crane’s Karishma Chugani.

Maurice Forde and Sharon Kemp collecting their trophies from BGC general manager Betty-June Leacock (l) and the Crane’s Karishma Chugani.

British visitor Sharon Kemp, a research scientist, won the women’s stableford competition with 34 points, edging Monica Morrow (also 34) on the count-back system .

The Stableford system is a popular system which allows high handicap players to be more competitive in tournament play. 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.

While David Cox won the nett competition in the men’s 12 and under handicap, former Barbados tennis champion Tyrone Mapp played himself to a podium finish for the second straight year. He finished behind Cox, on the count-back system, after both posted nett scores of 71. Third was Roger Bryan on 72.

In Stabbleford play for men with 13 and over handicaps, British visitor Kevin Fryers  won the division with 37 points, ahead of retired banker Clennel Goodman (36) and Roger Moore (35).

The Crane Classic has been growing as an event that allows visitors to mix and play alongside Barbadian golfers and 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 in the town hall of the resort on Saturday night.

Several of the attractive prizes included weekend stays, and dining options at the luxurious property, and among the other prize winners were Claire Boucher (longest drive/ women);  Tristan Blades (closest to the pin/women) and Andy Dickson (closest to the pin/men).

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