Tough opener for Antiguan pair at International finals

Stewart Gordon (left) and Marcus Franker just prior to the start of International Pairs World Finals 2010, being played at Carrick Golf Course, Loch Lomond, Scotland. (Photo courtesy Zorol Barthley)

Antigua & Barbuda finished day one of the two-day International Pairs World Final in position 16 amongst 18 participating countries.

The Antiguan pair of Marcus Franker and Stewart Gordon shot their way to a six and four handicap, respectively.

Speaking with OBSERVER Sports from Scotland, Franker described the day’s performance as disappointing while hoping for a better performance on day two.

“I am disappointed in myself, it has nothing to do with the course, the conditions or the service or anything else: everything up here is just wonderful but I just didn’t perform,” he said.

Antigua & Barbuda shot a total of 29 to finish behind the USA who shot a total of 31 in position 15.

France led the standings at close of play with 44, while Canada’s team one followed closely behind with 43.

Vietnam II, Canada II and England II round off the top five with 40, 38 and 37 points, respectively. Antigua & Barbuda finished ahead of Israel and Czech Republic.

Gordon had an eight on the back nine, while he had a 16 as the best flight mate.

A total of 36 golfers are taking part in the event being held at Carrick Golf Course in Loch Lomond, Scotland.

The tournament will end with a championship dinner where the guests will be treated to miniature bottles of English Harbour Rum and specially labelled bottles of award winning Susie’s Hot Sauce.

Golf fans and sports enthusiasts will have an opportunity to follow the team’s progress on-line at www.golfexperiencecaribbean.com and hear regular news updates thanks to the team’s sponsor INET and Titan Farms.

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