Port Royal get one over on Ocean View – finally
Steven Lambert Jr and Andrew Trott-Francis won the Greg Maybury Challenge Cup for the first time at Ocean View Golf Course on Tuesday.
The Port Royal Golf Course professionals prevailed 4 and 3 over Ocean View counterparts Brian Morris and Delyone Borden to win the best-ball match- play event at the sixth attempt.
“This one is for the boss big time,” Lambert told The Royal Gazette. “After six months it feels really good to finally win and we feel as though they [Ocean View] might never get it back.”
Lambert and Trott-Francis sealed the deal at the 15th hole where the latter sank a ten-foot par putt before Borden missed his from six feet to keep his club’s hopes alive.
“As they say, we walked them in on 15,” Lambert added. “We beat them in front of their home crowd. They had six or seven people following us around, so that added more pressure.”
Morris said his rivals were deserved winners.
“Those guys played well, you can’t take that from them,” he said. “They were maybe four or five under so a well-deserved victory.
“You can see those guys have been practising and stepped up their game.
“This was the sixth one, so they lost the first five and it’s nice they finally got a victory to see what it’s like to hold that trophy.”
The monthly event is played in honour of late Port Royal general manager, who died in January after a brief illness at the age of 65.
“Greg actually hired all of us,” Morris said. “He was a mentor and got all of us into Port Royal and Ocean View.
“To play in his name is pretty cool. It just brings us together closer as a team; Ocean View and Port Royal as golf professionals.
“Greg set some standards and we guys are going to uphold them professionally and personally.
“He was a well-liked guy, always positive and we guys just try and follow his lead.
“Gone but not forgotten as they say. So as long as we’ve got this trophy to play for, Greg’s name will always be around.”
Lambert added: “The tournament represents Greg and his sporting legacy and the camaraderie between the pros, and we both work for Government obviously.
“It’s refreshing for once a month to be able to put all the administrative side of the golf course down and just focus on some golf for four hours.”