After missing the previous round, professional golfer Lemon Gorospe finally picked up his first win in the 2019 Bahamas Professional Golf Tour (BPGT) in the RMS Million Dollar Hole in One Classic at the Royal Blue Golf Course, Baha Mar resort, on Friday, September 27.
Massy Insurance was also a sponsor in this event.
In the amateur division it was junior golfer Zion Taylor who finished at the top.
Gorospe finished the day with a score of one-over par 73. His round included four birdies on holes three, eight, 10 and 16.
“I played decent. My putter helped me shoot the score that I got. My driver did not help me at all. It was a kind of a mixed bag around, but I ended up winning which is what you try to do in these events,” Gorospe said.
Gorospe had Keno Turnquest and last round’s winner Greg Maycock close behind him. Turnquest and Maycock were tied with a score of two-over par 74. In the end, Turnquest was given second based on the count back.
The course was a little windy but Gorospe, who works at Albany, said playing on Albany’s course which is windier helps him when he plays at these events.
He knows that he has a target on his back. He said he hopes to win the next round and to get a lead on the field.
Gorospe said; “Those are guys that I grew up with. We all try to compete and do out best. Ill try to extend the lead and get further on this tour we have happening here.”
There is a tight race for the money purse as Maycock still has the lead. Gorospe is in second and now ahead of third place Riccardo Davis who has now missed the last three rounds with an injury.
Over on the amateur side of the tour, Taylor finished nine-over par 81. He held off second place Timothy Ryder who finished with 11-over par 83. Third place saw Andre White finishing tied with Heathcliffe Kane and Gerhard Beukes. White won third place on a count back.
“Today felt really good. I put a lot of pressure on myself. On the final holes I came through clutch and I came out with the win,” Taylor said.
Taylor had a birdie on hole 17. He said he chipped it in from 30 or 40 yards out.
The 14-year-old is used to playing with the older guys.
“I am pretty used to playing with the older guys because when I first started playing golf, they were the ones who got me into it and competitive to get better. It helps.”
The Albany Golf Academy student is not worried about the older players coming for the top spot next round. He just want to go out and play his game – more importantly, have fun.
Veteran professional golfer Jim Duncombe and amateur Andre White took a swing at the “Million Dollar Hole in One” challenge but both were unsuccessful.
Brian Moodie, president at RMS Insurance, title sponsor of this round, said: “It is important to sponsor these events for the youths. There are plenty of mature and well-versed golfers here today but one of the prize winners here today was a 14-year-old young man – that is important. It is important to get involved in sports and to realize the rewards that come at the end of dedication and efforts to better themselves in sports and education, preferably both.”
He plans on sponsoring the BPGT next year having sponsored last year’s tour – the first year of the BPGT.
The Auto H&L Classic is up next. That will roll off on October 25 at the Royal Blue Golf Course.