It was a masterful day for Grand Bahamian professional golfer Greg Maycock as he shot five-under par 67 to win the Bahamas Professional Golf Tour’s (BPGT) R&E Imports and Sales Classic on Friday, at the Royal Blue Golf Course at the Baha Mar Resort.
Winning the amateur division of the classic was Lynford Miller, shooting two-over par 74.
With that win, Maycock has distanced himself from his peers on the tour. This was his second consecutive round that he won, having won the Auto H&L Classic back in October.
On Friday, Maycock was in fine form as he finished 12 strokes ahead of the second-place finisher. The experienced golfer had a hole-in-one on hole number 16, a par three hole.
He also had five birdies to go with that eagle. His birdies were on holes 2, 5, 10, 11, and 13. Maycock’s one bogey came on hole number four.
The win puts Maycock significantly ahead of second-place Lemon Gorospe in the race for the player’s purse. In third place is BPGT Director and Founder Riccardo Davis. Keno Turnquest is close behind Davis.
“My feelings after the hole-in-one was stay calm – still needed four holes to finish the round and I did well, 67 and won. I am hoping to play well again next month,” Maycock said.
The next round, the Tour Championship that is sponsored by LunnGold Organization, is set for December 29. With Maycock looking like he locked up the top spot, it will be a battle for second and third place to close out the tour for 2019.
Matthew Cox and Samuel Kemp finished tied for second behind him at the R&E Imports and Sales Classic, both shooting seven-over par 79. Cox got the second-place finish on a countback. Kemp, the president of the Bahamas Professional Golfers Association (BPGA), finished third.
Cox had a disappointing day on the course finishing with two double bogeys and five bogeys. He had two birdies, on holes 10 and 11.
Kemp had several even pars and five bogeys and a double bogey on hole 18 proved crucial as he ended up with the same score as Cox.
Miller finished his round with three birdies. He had a difficult time on the front nine, finishing that half three strokes over par.
“After a rough start, I was able to get it under control and bring it back in. It was good and I had fun. Today were some new conditions – it got a little bit cold but we weathered it and I came out on top,” Miller said.
As for next round, Miller said he is hoping to go even par or under with that event being the final one for the year.
Finishing eight strokes behind Miller was Timothy Ryder. He had a birdie on hole number five as he ended his round 10-over par 82. In third place was Mark Carter. He was one stroke behind Ryder, finishing 11-over par 83. Carter had one birdie on the first hole. From there, things went downhill for him.
Nyah Singh, who is preparing to enter college, and Javonnah Moxey from the University of The Bahamas’ (UB) golf team got their feet wet on the tour, participating for the first time.
This is the second year that the BPGT Signature Classics has been in existence.