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Johnson four strokes ahead


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James Johnson seems to be positioning himself for another title in the annual Sir Garfield Sobers Golf Championships.

Going into today’s third round at the Sandy Lane Country Club, the six-time champion leads the field by four strokes after a challenging second day at Apes Hill yesterday.

In windy conditions on the inviting course at Apes Hill, Johnson posted 75 for a two-day gross 149, giving him a four-stroke lead over second-placed Elvis Medford.

Medford, who will be at home on the Sandy Lane greens today, has been consistent over the first 36 holes (with scores of 76 and 77) and is favoured to remain in contention.

Defending champion Scott Stollmeyer, who stumbled in posting 80 on the first day, registered a two-over-par 74 yesterday and moved into third position with a gross 154.

This placed him ahead of veteran Barbados player Carlsen Leacock, who slipped in posting 82 to drop to fourth on 157, but is still in contention.

In the Seniors Championships, also at Apes Hill, Glen Redhead posted a steady 77 for a gross of 155, maintaining a lead over Richard Payne whose 81 placed him on 161, seven ahead of Richard Lara and Keith Brooks.

West Indies cricket great Brian Lara and one-time Manchester United forward Dwight Yorke both shot 83 in the championship flight. (BB)


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