The Bahamas Professional Golf Tour (BPGT) and RMS Insurance wrapped up their million-dollar hole-in-one classic on Friday evening at the Royal Blue Golf Course at Baha Mar as pro golfer Gregory Maycock emerged as the winner of the fourth classic of the signature series with a score of 71. He then fell about 20 feet short of winning the million-dollar prize.
Maycock shot a 71 one-under par. Finishing second was JR Russell with a score of 77. He was five-over par. Rounding out the pro golfer division’s top three was Riccardo Davis. He finished six-over par, ending the day with a score of 78. The Grand Bahama native Maycock said: “Coming into this competition was not easy for me. Playing at Baha Mar is not easy. You have to just sit back and wait for things to happen.”
Maycock had a slow start but was patient and it worked out for him.
“We started on the back (nine) and I shot 38. I got three bogeys and one birdie and I was struggling. I went on the front nine and shot 33. I almost shot a 32 but I missed a six-foot birdie. I was just trying to stay relaxed and not get excited and just do what I had to do and stay within the moment,” he said.
Maycock said he has been playing on Royal Blue Golf Course for three months, and added that figuring it out is very difficult. He also said that wind played a huge factor in making it difficult. He said he is not going to change anything for the next tournament but will try to relax and seize the opportunities when they are presented.
On the amateur side, Richard Gibson Jr. and Ryan Major both shot a 73 one-over par. Finishing tied for third were Lynford Miller and Pablo Nahmais. They were three over par with a score of 75.
After winning the pro side of the tournament, Maycock took a swing at the million-dollar hole – the par three 12th hole. Newcomer Sean Longley went up against him.
Longley swung first. With the crowd cheering him on, Longley swung but not with enough power as his ball fell far short of the hole.
Maycock gave it a shot to see if his golf experience would help him out. He took a swing at the ball. It looked like it was on target as he and the crowd looked on to see where the ball dropped. Unfortunately for him the ball fell about 15 feet behind the hole.
After coming up short, Maycock said: “That was fun. It was my first time trying my hand at a million dollars. I had a few hole-in-one opportunities before but never for a million dollars. It could have happened. You just have to hit the right shot, hope it hit the pin and go in.”
For Longley, this was the second tournament he has played in since he started playing 12 months ago. He said: “Being inexperienced and having everybody watching you, I said let me calm down. I thought I hit it properly. The ball was on target but I just didn’t hit it properly. I had fun.”
He continued by saying that he will go for the million-dollar prize again if the opportunity presents itself.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism