Leacock in the lead
There could be a new Massy United Insurance Barbados Open Golf champion at the end of the final 18 holes at Royal Westmoreland tomorrow.
Veteran Barbados player Carlsen Leacock jumped ahead of the contenders with an emphatic even-par 72 today that pushed him to five shots clear of the field.
On a day when players were forced to fight off their rivals and intermittent showers, Leacock moved his two-day gross to 150 at the expense of fellow national players, Elvis Medford and defending champion Julian Jordan, who are six strokes behind.
He has been driving and putting well and has his eye on the championship. “My aim is to win the tournament. I will continue to play my game and hopefully I can go all the way,” the attacking Leacock said.
Jordan, who upstaged James Johnson to win his second Open title last year, shot 76 today for a 36-hole gross 156 while Medford registered 78 for the second day running.
Roger Bostic, who made his debut for Barbados at the recent Hoerman Cup in Jamaica, fired a one-under-par 71 but that was good enough to keep him in third slot with the others on 156.
Fast-rising national junior player Xzavier Wiggins sent another strong message to his senior rivals today, posting an impressive four-over par 76 to add to his first day 79.
It means the 13-year-old Queens College student, who will have to keep his nerve tomorrow to upstage his more seasoned opponents, now has a 36-hole gross 155 and is tied for second with Scott Stollmeyer who rebounded with a two-over-par 74 today.
Over at the Apes Hill Club, where five divisions were played today, Jamaica-born Leiza Munn-Blakeley maintained her grip on the women’s championship as she posted 77.
That took her two-day gross to 165, well ahead of second-placed Marilyn Jackson on 183. Junior national Alyssa Inniss-Gittens shot 98 and continues to lead the women’s first flight with a gross 184.
Among the senior men, over 50 years, Ivan Codrington seemed to be positioning himself for a run at the championship in a highly competitive field, where defending champion Charles Cox was one off the pace.
Codrington posted 77 for a 36-hole gross 153, while Cox’s 81 took him to 154.
Third was veteran Barbados player Robert Piggott on 160.
Barbadian Malcolm Hunte leads the men’s first flight with 177, ahead of Michael Jackman on 180 and CJ Clark on 182.
Defending champion Bill Weir maintained his grip on the Super-Seniors division with a 36-hole gross 156, which was three strokes better than Denis Foster (159) and Terry Hanton (159).
The 2015 Massy United Insurance Barbados Open concludes tomorrow with all players contesting their final 18 holes at Royal Westmoreland before the presentation of awards in the late evening. (BB)