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Tsavoussis takes early lead at national amateur championships

The first round of the Bahamas Golf Federation’s (BGF) Royal Fidelity National Amateur Championships teed off on Monday at the Lyford Cay Club with golfers from New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco and Exuma in action, competing in various division for national titles.

Paul Tsavoussis, a member of the national team, shot a one-under 71 to take the early lead in the men’s regulars. He was followed closely by Nadario Ferguson with a one-over 73. Two-time defending champion Richard Gibson Jr sits in third with a three-over 75.

Jenna Bayles leads the ladies under-49 division with a score of 82. She is followed by last year’s champion Ashley Michel with an 87 and Tynesha Tynes at 88.

In the ladies 50-and-over division, Yvonne Maissen leads with an 87. She is followed by Kika Borghese with a score of 102, and Jean Aberle with a score of 109.

BGF President Lynford Miller is the early leader in the mid amateurs. He shot a six-over 78 yesterday. Mark Carter is second with a nine-over 81, and Paul Fox rounds out the top three with an 86.

The seniors division is led by Peter McIntosh with a three-over 75. BGF executive member Horace Miller is second with a six-over 78, and Ted Adderley and John McIntosh are tied for third with a score of 83.

Raymond Gibson leads the super seniors with a 11-over par 83. Ulrich Filser, Dominque Lefevre and Rodney Miller all are tied at a close second with a score of 84.

On Friday, the event moves to Albany, and then the Royal Blue Golf Course at Baha Mar on Saturday. The final round will be played at the Ocean Club Golf Course on Paradise Island on Sunday when the male and female national champions will be crowned.

Other golfers will join the field on Saturday and Sunday to compete for the President’s Cup which is a net event based on the best scores over the final two days of the nationals.

Golfers can qualify for the 2019 Sands Beer Cup from the nationals.

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