Full golf field
Over 100 players expected for Barbados Open
A full field is expected for the 2015 Massy United Insurance Barbados Open Golf Championship which will be played at three courses again this year.
President of the Barbados Golf Association, Cally Boyea, said the championship will be played from August 28 to 30 with varying divisions at the Barbados Golf Club, Apes Hill and Royal Westmoreland.
“The Barbados Open is a highly regarded tournament across the Caribbean and wider afield. Entries are still coming in but we expect it to be fully subscribed again this year,” he said.
Boyea spoke at a media conference at the Bridgetown Board Room of sponsors Massy United Insurance yesterday where he thanked the sponsors for their support of the event over the years.
He said the relationship spanned 26 years and Massy United Insurance has been a long-standing partner with the BGA in promoting the sport of golf.
The year marks the 31st staging of the annual Open championship and more than 100 players are expected to compete in six divisions .
While other divisions will play at the Barbados Golf Club, on Friday, August 28, and Apes Hill on Saturday, August 29, top golfers in the championship flight (0-9 handicaps) will play their 54-holes of competition at Royal Westmoreland.
All players, in all divisions, will then contest the final 18 holes of the Massy United Insurance Barbados Open at Royal Westmoreland on Sunday, August 30, where a major awards ceremony will follow play on the greens and fairways.
Director of Strategy, Business Development and Marketing, for Massy United Insurance, Michael Armstrong, said they were happy to continue their support of the Barbados Open championships.
“Massy United Insurance has had a longstanding relationship with the BGA for more than 25 years and we have worked with them to ensure the success of these highly anticipated championships.
We look forward to partnering with them again this year as we seek to promote the sport of golf through these championships,” said Armstrong.
The Director of Marketing further said they were no strangers to supporting sport in the 14 regional territories in which they operate and apart from golf, Massy United Insurance was also a leading sponsor of such sports as horse-racing, cricket, football, squash, hockey, road tennis, sailing and others.
Barbados player Julian Jordan, who denied perennial champion James Johnson a 13th title last year, will defend his title while Sally Schofield is also expected to defend the women’s crown.
The Barbados Open is one of the most popular annual tournaments for leading Caribbean golfers and players are also expected from England, the United States and Canada.
Last year 130 players from Trinidad and Tobago, St Maarten, St Kitts, Martinique, Antigua, the USVI, Guyana, Canada, the United States, England and host country Barbados participated in the tournament.