Local amateur golfers braved the inclement weather as they vied for the top spot in the Bahamas Golf Federation (BGF) 2019 Sands Beer Cup, as well as The Players Championship at the Royal Blue Golf Course at the Baha Mar resort, that was held this past Saturday and Sunday.
Coming out on top with the coveted 2019 Sands Beer Cup was 16-year-old Nyah Singh. The Players Championship, which had to drop from 18 holes to 12 holes on Sunday because of bad weather conditions, was won by Cameron Johnstone.
Finishing second to Singh was Heathcliffe Kane and third place went to Jenna Bayles. All three of the golfers, who are juniors, were tied up at 188 points coming into yesterday. Singh scored the most points yesterday to break the tie.
Lynford Miller, president of the BGF, said the Sands Beer Cup was very competitive this year.
“This year we had more juniors that entered and apparently the juniors showed up and they came out on top with the wins. We had the super senior, which was very competitive. We had a three-way tie for second. Marvin Bethel actually broke the hold on the other two guys and took first runner-up. Victor Skinner from Freeport, he wasn’t able to attend but his score, he was so sure of that he actually keeps the lead the whole way through. The other divisions, in the regulars we have a junior player who actually won, Mr. Heathcliffe Kane. In the ladies, it was Singh and in the mid-amateur it was myself. Another player who unfortunately couldn’t show up was Bryan Albury, who won the seniors division. This year we had a very tight competition,” Miller said.
Singh played in nine out of a possible 10 rounds. Kane and Bayles both played in seven rounds. The Sands Beer Cup began with the Grand Bahama Open back in April of this year.
According to Singh, she was not aware that there was a three-way tie.
“To be honest I didn’t even know that it was a three-way tie. Like always, every time I step into a tournament, I always try to do my best and I talk to God all the way through. That kept me humble and focused,” Singh said.
She continued; “I was just talking to God all the way through and I was taking my time, even though I took long most of the time. I was trying to take my time and not be slow at the same time. So, I was just taking my time, you know, breathing every now and then.”
The diminutive golfer said she started to play golf five years ago and has honed in on her skill for the last two years. Miller was surprised that she won, but said he noticed her dedication over the years as she was seen on the golf course and driving range more as she practiced her skills.
Singh said for her, the difficulty of the course amidst the poor weather conditions over the weekend was a six on a scale of one to 10.
“The tees that I was hitting from was closer than those I normally hit from, so that was a plus but the wind and the rain, it was hard in that aspect.”
Singh is ready to play new tournaments and is already talking about defending her title next year.
According to Miller, it was exciting to see the juniors come out on top.
“It’s very exciting because being a newcomer to golf, there weren’t a lot of juniors when I started so to see the juniors coming out, it proves that our program and our junior golf programs are being developed. The second-place runner-up, the first-place runner-up, and the winner for this tournament were actually junior players, so it’s amazing to see that we have a vibrant up-and-coming junior golf program and we’re looking forward to having more kids come out and enjoy the sport of golf,” Miller said.
On hand to congratulate Singh was Stephen Johnson, last year’s winner.
Johnstone had a final score of even par 120. He came into the final round with a score of one under par 71. He shot one over par 49 in the second round.
Second to him was Miller, who finished with a score of eight over par 128. Third place was won by Peter McIntosh, with a score nine over par 129.
The net winner was Zion Taylor.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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