Thursday, April 18, 2024

Stollmeyer extends lead


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THERE’S JUST NO catching Scott Stollmeyer now.
The opening round leader moved 11 shots clear of the field at the Garry Sobers Golf Championships after hitting a three-over par 75 during yesterday’s second round of the men’s championship flight at the Apes Hill Course.
Playing in a group that included former football star Dwight Yorke and Marcus Clarke, Stollmeyer followed up his one-under 69 at Royal Westmoreland with a scintillating front nine yesterday to extend his initial five-stroke lead.
Stollmeyer actually went par or better on the first seven holes, and nine of the first ten, including birdies on the first, fourth, and sixth before he finally had a bogey on the eighth.
Were it not for a disastrous 13th – where he had a triple bogey – Stollmeyer looked well on course for an even par score that would’ve more than left the rest of the field in his wake.
“The back nine was a bit difficult but I managed to keep it together for the end of the round so I am still very pleased with the score compared to all the other scores,” reasoned Stollmeyer.
“The greens were very tough and fast but I hit the ball very well and I am happy with the score today.
“But it’s difficult because you get accustomed to one golf course and then all of a sudden you’re on to the next one so you don’t get a chance to play over the holes and take something with you,” he said of playing four different courses in four days.
Clarke, who started the day five shots adrift, fell off the pace after going 11-over while Carlsen Leacock moved into second with his four-over 76 giving him a total score of 155.
Taking into account handicaps, Stollmeyer’s net score 140 is just nine strokes better than Wayne Baptiste, whose 149 has him second overall.
Yorke (153) dropped into sixth place in net scores after hitting 80 while West Indies’ legend Brian Lara, who was celebrating his 45th birthday, overcame a disastrous opening round with a 14-over 86.
“If I never go back to Westmoreland I wouldn’t mind because that is a tough, tough golf course while Apes Hill is a bit more forgiving,” joked Lara.
“But I enjoyed myself with my friends and I am happy to be in Barbados even though I had a cricket score but I am still happy to be playing golf instead.”
Stollmeyer’s wife, Rae, maintained her gross lead in the championship ladies despite hitting an 81, as Mavi Virgo (80) remains some four shots back.
The men’s championship flight is slated to take the Sandy Lane course today before wrapping up the tournament at the Barbados Golf Club at Durants.


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