The Auto H&L Classic, the fifth round of the Bahamas Professional Golf Tour (BPGT) Signature Classics, is in the books and it was Greg Maycock who came away as the winner in the professional division. John Hall was victorious on the amateur side.
The round was played on Friday on the Royal Blue Golf Course at the Baha Mar Resort.
Maycock shot a one-over par 73 to secure the win.
“My round got off slow. I was just hanging in there trying to make things happen. It wasn’t happening as much as I wanted it to, but I was hanging in all day. I had about two or three birdies. It wasn’t anything exciting – the golf course was playing tough today,” Maycock said.
Maycock finished with two birdies – on holes four and nine. He shot a 35 on the front nine, and on the back nine his score was 38.
It was a very windy day, and Maycock said it was difficult to adjust.
“The winds were about 20 miles per hour, and you had to add it in or subtract it – it was difficult. It was rough out there for four hours,” the Grand Bahamian said. The long-time golfer attributed his success on Friday to his short game.
Finishing two strokes behind Maycock for second place was David Harris. He shot a three-over par 75. He had four birdies in the round but his double bogeys on holes seven and 15 hurt him.
Lemon Gorospe was the winner of round four – the RMS Insurance Million Dollar Hole-in-One Classic. He had a difficult back nine that included two double bogeys that did not help his final score of five-over par 77, finishing third overall.
Prior to this round, it was a close race in the money purse. With just two more rounds left in this year’s BPGT Signature Series, Maycock has separated himself from Gorospe and Riccardo Davis, the tournament organizer, who are in second and third respectively in the money purse standings.
“There isn’t any shaking off. David, Lemon, Keno, Riccardo – it isn’t any shaking off. It is just being in the mix. If you can run with those guys, they have to shake themselves off as far as I am concerned. I’ll just hang with them,” Maycock said.
Maycock is looking forward to playing in the next round – the R&E Imports and Sales Classic is set for Friday, November 27 at the Royal Blue Golf Course.
“I am going to stick with the same, that is all I got in the tank – stick with the same game plan and hang in there as long as I could,” he said.
Professional golfer Matthew Cox won the closest-to-pin competition. He was also fourth overall with a score of six-over par 78.
Hall’s six-over par 78 was enough for him to secure first place in the amateur division. He double bogeyed holes two and four but his two birdies on holes 11 and 14 helped him to shoot a decent score.
“To be honest, I did not know I won. I didn’t play my best today. I had some bogeys on the front nine. On the back nine, I had some pars and birdies,” Hall said. “On the first five holes, the wind messed me up. The wind played a factor in it, but it was still on me. I was still putting bad.”
For the University of The Bahamas golfer, this was his first win of the BPGT. The BPGT has been accommodating to UB golfers, providing them with another avenue in the university’s young golf program with more competition.
Hall hopes to have less putts and get on the greens more in the next round.
Kevin Marche was second with a score of 10-over par 82.
Auto H&L was the title sponsor of this round. It is regarded as the leading supplier of Japanese cars in The Bahamas and is located on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway.
After the R&E Imports and Sales Classic next month there is one more round remaining that will be played in December, wrapping up the 2019 BPGT Signature Classics.