“Frank Skinner Triumphs at Sir Gary Sobers Festival of Golf”
Barbados. What can we say about the beautiful island? Sun, XO, Sea, XO, Sand, XO, Great golf courses, XO and Frank Skinner XO. The last XO does not signify the rum that always has its stocks seriously depleted during the Sir Garry Sobers Golf Festival. It stands for Extraordinary, which is the only way to describe the ACGA's very own Frank Skinner. Frank went back to his roots, and with rounds of 85, 84, 91, and 86 gross topped the best scores of the day on three of the four days of the tournament and emerge as 2nd Flight overall Champion for 2016.
Frank's performances saw him take care of some talented and consistent performers on each day. Firstly, at Sandy Lane Trevor "Mr Birmingham" Lammy felt the wrath of Frank's superb putting (as with most hazardous pursuits, it is recommended this is not copied by anyone not suitably trained). Next came Chris "Quiet Man" Browne at BGC, who had no answer for Frank's barrage of pars from holes 5-14. Day 3 and Royal Westmoreland fought back to see Frank score his only round in the 90's while tying on the day with Mr Consistent Keith Murray. Despite a spectacular 84 from the aforementioned Mr Browne and two solid scores from K Gannes and D Channardip (Trini posse regulars), Frank hung in there to be part of the leading group on the final day.
The final round at Apes Hill saw only five scores in the 80's, and Frank's 86 (best round of the day) was enough to put him top of the pile. I personally would like to congratulate Frank and thank him on behalf of all the ACGA regulars and others who have benefitted from Frank's help with transport, practice tee times, advice and general help over the years of us visiting the Sir Garry Sobers tournament. Who says nice guys don't win?
Other notable by our own Richard Payne 1st (Net Champion) & runners-up (Gross), Wayne Callender 4th (Gross), Stuart Austrie 4th (gross), Roger Greenwich (Warm weather golfer) 5th (Gross) and Tony Johnson 6th (gross).
Congratulation to all who took part in this year competition and represented the ACGA in fine style.