Stephen Johnson leads BGF’s Sands Beer Cup Race
Last year the Bahamas Golf Federation (BGF) and the Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Co. Ltd. inaugurated the first annual Sands Beer Cup Golf Series, which awarded prizes to golfers who consistently perform well in BGF sponsored tournaments during the year. This year, the second annual event, consists of six tournaments played over 11 rounds on courses in Nassau, Freeport and Exuma.
The event started with the Grand Bahama Open in March and will conclude with the Albany Invitational on October 6, when the winner of the Sands Beer Cup will be crowned. The cup will go to the golfer with the most points from the best six rounds. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third places plus winners and runner-ups in various divisions. The winner will also receive two round trip tickets on SkyBahamas plus a weekend stay for two at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge.
The rules are very simple. To win the cup, the golfer must be a member of the BGF and must have played in at least 6 of the 11 rounds of golf. Scoring is on a Modified Net Stapleford basis, which allows points per hole based on net scores. However, the maximum handicap allowed is 24. Also, there must be a minimum of six players in each division in order to qualify for a prize. Golfers playing in any of the events are automatically entered in the race.
Competition for this year’s cup is very stiff with only three points separating the three top spots. Currently leading the race with the best four rounds is Stephen Johnson with 148, followed closely by Richard Gibson Jr. with 147 and Vernon Wells with 146. Rounding out the top six places are Lynford Miller 141, James Beaumont 140 and Kevin Marche 139.
Johnson also leads the mid-amateur division with 148, followed by Miller and Beaumont in second and third respectively at 141 and 140. Tom Kohlewesky sits in fourth with 135.
Gibson has a big lead in the regular division with 147 followed by Nolan Johnson & Oren Butler tied for 2nd with 133. Pablo Mahmias is fourth with 132.
The senior division is led by Damon Pinder with 131, Gaston Lampron and Ken Basden both tied at second with127 and Jake Neudorf fourth with 125.
In the super senior division, the leader is Vernon Wells at 146, followed by Kevin Marche second with 139 and Carrington Williams, third at 134. Oswald Moore and Allan Gardner are tied for fourth with 131.
With three rounds left, golfers still have an opportunity to improve their scores and move up the leaderboard with a good round at the Paradise Island Open September 29 and September 30 or the Albany Invitational on October 6.
The finishing event at Albany on October 6 promises to be an exciting tournament as players battle to win the Prestigious Sands Beer Cup. Golfers also have the opportunity to win prizes in both the Albany Invitational and the Sands Beer Cup. This is a fundraising event for the BGF and all golfers are encouraged to come out and support the federation.