SPORTS – Leacock takes the lead
by Bernard Babb
Veteran Barbados player Carlsen Leacock seems to be the man to beat today, the last day of the 2015 RBC/Royal Bank Classic at the Barbados Golf Club.
On a windy day at the Durants course yesterday, Leacock, who won the Barbados Open in August, shot a one-under-par 71 to hold a five-stroke lead over the field after the first 18 holes.
He appeared in good form as he shot 34 on the front nine and 37 on the back to pull away from the pack.
The leader was followed by left-hander Maurice Forde (gross 76) and 14 year-old Iz Hustler (76) as highly favoured national players James Johnson (gross 77) and Julian Jordan (79) struggled.
Former Jamaica player Mark Blakeley was locked fourth with Johnson and former national player Orville Alleyne, on a gross 77, while national junior Xzavier Wiggins was tied with Jordan, Dawn Bispham, fellow junior Christian Mason and Elvis Medford – all on 79 strokes.
Canada-based Stephen Layne, also a former champion, wobbled on the front nine and was off the pace as he shot 81 while former Barbados cricketer Nolan Clarke registered 84.
Among the women, former national player Helen Foster was leading the championship flight by five strokes over another experienced rival, Julia Stephenson.
Foster shot 78 and Stephenson 83 and were being chased by teenager, Alyssa Gittens-Inniss (86).
The men’s first flight appears highly competitive with Andrew Linton leading a field of 25 players with a gross 78, which was one stroke ahead of Cardinal Burnett (79).
Ivan Codrington, who won the senior men’s division at the Barbados Open, moved ahead of his rivals yesterday with a gross 74, four strokes ahead of Igna Smart (78) and six ahead of Credon Walcott (80) and Michael Haynes.
In Stableford play, among the high handicappers in the men’s open division, Peter Hennesy made a leap on the contenders with 42 points and was followed by Wayne Boucher (39) and Clenell Goodman (38).
Claire Boucher (34) and Zerina Belgrave (32) were leading the women’s open stableford division.
Men’s super-seniors champion Bill Weir was positioning himself for a bid for another trophy (among players 60 years and over) with a gross 73, nine strokes ahead of rival Teddy Grell (82).
The RBC Classic is organised by the Barbados Golf Association and more than 120 players are competing in the 36-hole tournament, which is jointly sponsored by Royal Fidelity Merchant Bank and Trust. (BB)