Thursday, December 14, 2017

Johnson stretches lead in T&T Open

Defending champion James Johnson, of Barbados, posted another one-over-par 73 to increase his lead in the Championship Flight at the end of the second round of the ANSA McAL-sponsored 105th Trinidad and Tobago Golf Open at St Andrew's Golf Course, Moka yesterday.

The conditions were much improved on day two of the four-day tournament, with steady sunshine helping the greens to dry out and providing a putting test for the whole field, and Johnson was up to the challenge.

Johnson is now five shots ahead of his closest rival, Adrian Norford of St Kitts.

Trinidad and Tobago's Patrick Boocock is one behind Norford, while Deryck Gonsalves played himself back into the tournament with a two-over 74 to finish seven shots off the lead. In the other divisions, the day one leaders found it difficult to hold onto their positions.

Ronald Aguilar was four shots better than Axl Bailey, taking the lead in the Second Flight (12 handicap and above) by one shot. Seven players are within five shots of the lead, including Christopher Nanan and Anan Rajpaulsingh.

But in the Seniors category, reigning champ Richard Camacho maintained his three-shot lead over Carlos "Sexy" Baynes after both players carded four-over 76 yesterday.

Hollis George, a returning resident, is seven shots back in third position.

In the Super Seniors division, Ray Roberts, with a 76, displaced Steve Attin as the leader.

Attin is now two shots behind, followed by Edward "Teddy" Grell, Tyrone Leong and Monty Chapman, with five golfers within five shots of the lead.

The 72-hole T&T Open continues today from 6:30 a.m. at Moka.