Maycock, Gibson win; organizers preparing for fifth classic
At the end of August, the Bahamas Professional Golf Tour (BPGT) hosted the fourth classic of its 2018 signature series of professional golf play. Professional golfers as well as a very strong amateur field teed off at the Royal Blue Golf Course at Baha Mar with their sights set on the super bonus of $1,000,000 – given to the golfer who sunk a hole-in-one. The RMS/MASSY $1,000,000 Hole-in-One Jackpot was the featured attraction of the event.
From the opening drives, tournament play was intense. Players came out to register earlier than in the previous classics, to get in some practice drives, swings and putts in preparation for a competitive 18 holes of golf, and hopefully for a shot at the million dollars.
Tour favorite, veteran pro and golf coach Jim ‘Swing Doctor’ Duncombe returned to the greens and was joined by another veteran and golf great in the person of Jimmy Delancy. The seasoned pros kept the game moving along at a steady yet strategic pace.
Tournament play remained fierce and competitive, ending with Greg Maycock and Sean Longley both qualifying for a shot at the $1,000,000 Hole-in-One Jackpot. The chance of a lifetime bonus was intensely observed from the club house.
Playing at hole 12, Maycock landed a mammoth drive just 15 feet short of the hole. Nonetheless, he was the winner of the pro division of the classic, finishing at one-under par 71. Maycock commented that his back nine was definitely less impressive than his front nine, but over the past three months he has been able to practice at the Royal Blue Golf Course more quite often, thereby improving from a two-time second place finisher in both the first and second classics to the champion this time.
JR Russell earned his first cash prize in the signature series, finishing with a five-over par 77, and has advanced on the BPGT leaderboard. Special congratulations to tour founder and director Riccardo Davis for finishing third in the pro division with a score of six-over par 78.
In the amateur division, Richard Gibson Jr. secured both the individual title and the team title with his team members. Individually, he shot a one-over par 73. Ryan Major ended his day with a second place finish in the amateur division, also shooting a one-over par 73. Bahamas Golf Federation (BGF) President Lynford Miller finished third with a three-over par 75.
A special thank-you is extended to Royal Blue Head Professional Andy Deiro who officiated the hole-in-one competition.
The sponsors and tour partners who helped to make the fourth classic a success were the Royal Blue Golf Course and Tavern, Superclubs Breezes, Under Armour and Sun Tee, R&E Imports and Sales, Bentonite Beauty Clay, Graycliff Hotels and Bahama Barrels and Kalik.
The awards presentation was hosted by BPGT Marketing and Public Relations Director Kira Horton and she was assisted by BPGT Volunteer Karon Gordon. They presented the winners with their prize packages. Congratulations were extended to all of the registered players.
Round five off the BPGT golf classics will be held on Friday September 28 at the Royal Blue Golf Course. Tee-off for that event is set for 2:30 p.m. Interested persons are encouraged to register early in order to receive early bird specials and discounts.
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