Kittitians take top prizes in Antigua Open

St Kitts’ Trevor Levine (left) collects his winnings during the Antigua Open presentation ceremony at the Cedar Valley Golf Course over the weekend. (Photo by Thaddeus Price)
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Two golfers from St Kitts walked away with the top prizes in the 2015 Antigua Open golf tournament held at the Cedar Valley Golf Course over the weekend.

Trevor Levine and Raymond Percival swung their way into the top gross and second best gross positions following two days of competition at the renowned course, forcing last year’s champion and top Antiguan golfer Omarry James into the number three slot.

PRO of the Golf Association, Avery Jonas, said conditions made it difficult for golfers to play their natural game.

“We had gusty winds of up to 25 miles per hour at the golf course and those things will always influence play. I am not sure where our local guys fell down, but I will tell you that the pressure is tremendous. In your local tournament and you’re the defending champ there is a lot of pressure and I am not saying the pressure got to those guys but obviously nerves and so on would come into play. When you feel like this is my hometown and I am supposed to win, it brings a different element into it,” he said.

Asked if it was a situation where the visiting golfers were better prepared for the tournament, Jonas said it is not unusual for players outside of Antigua to win the event.

“The 2013 champ was Raymond Percival from St Kitts and I am not sure of much of the history going backwards but I do know that it is not strange for the Kittitians or somebody else to come and win the Open, as it is not strange for somebody to go to St Kitts and win their Open either,” Jonas said.

“Our best placed locally was Omarry James and he was the third place gross and then we also had two local guys who placed second and third in the net in the championship flight,” he added.

Charles Blake was the top Net finisher with a score of 148 while Navin Singh finished second with 154. Winston Charles was a close third with a tally of 155.

Over 60 players competed in this year’s tournament, a decline from previous years.

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