Barbados Open tees off on Friday
Some of the island’s most promising young golfers will square-off with the old guard in the 2015 edition of the Massy United Insurance Barbados Open Championships this weekend.
In the men’s championship flight, which features players with 0-9 handicaps, young Barbados golfers Iz Hustler, Xzavier Wiggins and Christian Mason will test their skills among the seasoned favourites when the island’s premier tournament tees off on Friday.
Among the females, young Barbados players Emily Odwin and Alyssa Inniss-Gittens are expected to compete in the women’s division.
Play is being staged at three courses again this year, and male and female golfers in the championship flight will play their 54 holes at Royal Westmoreland.
Competitors in the other four divisions will play on Friday and Saturday at the Barbados Golf Club at Durants and the Apes Hill club in St. James. All players will then complete the final day on Sunday at Royal Westmoreland where an awards ceremony is scheduled for the late evening.
National juniors Hustler, Wiggins and Mason , who represented the island at the 2015 Caribbean Junior Championships in St Croix, have been showing improvements over the past year but will have to produce their best games to get a slot on the leaderboard.
For 14 year-old Hustler, who will play with a 1 handicap, it will be his third outing in the top flight while both 13-year-old Wiggins and 15-year-old Mason are competing in the championship flight for the first time.
Both Hustler and Wiggins were among the top regional players this year when they placed second and third in their divisions at the Caribbean junior championships.
Wiggins, a highly promising Queen’s College student who successfully lowered his handicap from 12 to 6 in recent times, also impressed with his play during the early rounds of the senior trials back in July.
“Preparation for the Open is going good and I would like to play well. My objective is to break 80 on each day and possibly finish among the top five,” said Wiggins.
The juniors will contest stroke-play against seasoned players such as defending champion Julian Jordan, James Johnson, Carlsen Leacock, Roger Bostic, Scott Stollmeyer and others.
The annual Massy United Insurance Barbados Open, being played over three days, is a major tournament for local and regional golfers and has come to be regarded as the island’s national championships.