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Maycock, Miller top leaderboard at Breezes Classic

Bahamian professional golfer Greg Maycock finally got a win in the Bahamas Professional Golf Tour (BPGT) professional division, shooting a three-under par 69 to capture the title at the Breezes Golf Classic at the Royal Blue Golf Course at the Baha Mar Resort on Friday. Bahamas Golf Federation (BGF) President Lynford Miller captured the amateur division after finishing that round with a score of six-over par 78.

For Maycock, this win was overdue after flirting with the top three positions in the previous two rounds. He finished second in the Bahamas Waste Open and third in the Hillshire Farms Classic.

Maycock had birdies on holes one, four, 13, 15 and 17. His score on the front nine was 35, and he lowered that score on the back nine with a 34.

“Coming into this tournament, I have been playing good golf. I was just trying to stay focused and see if I could pull it off and shoot a low number and I did. I shot a 69. It was a matter of making a few putts,” Maycock said.

Keno Turnquest, winner of the Hillshire Farms Classic, and Matthew Cox were tied for second. They both shot two-over par 74.

Turnquest shot a low 35 on the front nine, but he struggled on the back nine with a 39. He bogeyed holes 1 and 18, and doubled bogeyed hole number 17.

For Cox, he posted a score of 38 on the front nine, and his score of 36 on the back nine helped him to finish high on the leaderboard.

Georgette Rolle was the only female competing in the professional division and the only female to compete that day. She finished fourth with a score of six-over par 78.

She said she hasn’t played much golf and added that it was good to get out there and play against the guys. She is hoping for more females to come out and register for the next round.

“We normally do have a couple of the female junior golfers playing. Definitely next time we’ll get some in and maybe some of the other female professionals will come on down to play. I know it’s really difficult to get away from work but we’ll see,” she said.

With the win, Maycock is now the sole leader in the money standings. Sitting in second behind him is tour founder Riccardo Davis who missed the previous two rounds with an injury. Turnquest is in third place.

As it relates to the next round, Maycock said: “I have to keep doing what I am doing which is playing good golf and posting a low number.”

Miller scored a 36 in the first round, converting two birdies. His Achilles heel was the back nine where the experienced amateur golfer scored a 42. Miller also received a two-shot penalty because he accidentally hit the wrong ball into a hole.

“I started okay but I got a little shaky in the middle but coming down to the end, I was able to buckle down and get back in it for the win,” Miller said.

He is hoping for more amateurs to come out to compete in the next round. Miller said he hopes the past winners come out in the next round and offer more competition.

Andrew Marolla and Anthony Hinsey were tied for second, scoring seven-over par 79 in the amateur division.

The RMS Classic is next on the BPGT’s calendar, set for September 27 at the Royal Blue Golf Course at Baha Mar. It will feature a $1 million Hole in One giveaway.

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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