Johnnie Walker Classic returns after 22 years
Dwayne Pearman will finally put his title on the line when the Johnnie Walker Classic returns to Ocean View Golf Club after 22 years this weekend.
The tournament was previously held in 1995 when Pearman made it a hat-trick of victories by edging out Kim Swan by two strokes in the three-round event.
It will be a two-day, 36-hole competition with Pearman playing in the professional division along with the likes of Daniel Augustus, Derrick Douglas and Brian Morris.
Morris, the club professional, has been instrumental in bringing back the once popular tournament.
“It kind of got thrown by the wayside, but it was always these guys' tournament of the year, with no handicap,” Morris said, referring to the members of Ocean View.
“I resurrected it this year with Dave Githinji, the Johnnie Walker representative. There are some awesome prizes with $2,000 prize money for the pros. I talked with the members back in October and we started working on it in November and December.”
Leading up to the deadline yesterday there were 42 players signed up, including nine professionals, 21 seniors and 12 amateurs.
“There's a lot of excitement, the majority of the players have all played in it before,” Morris said.
“We will have live scores updated every three holes in the bar area.”
The previous tournament featured Barry DeCouto, Dave Purcell, Henry Ascento, Glenn Simmons, Eldon Raynor, Jerome Bradshaw and Kavon Trott, who was the winner of the two-round amateur competition.
Trott is registered to compete, now in the seniors, along with Millard Beach, Donovan Livingston, Cal Dill and Nick Hollis. Former cricketers Sammy Robinson and Rahji Edness are competing in the amateurs.
“After this tournament, for those who didn't know about it, they will,” Morris said. “A lot of work has been put in by the volunteers. We're looking forward to some good golf.
“There's a lot of excitement around the club that it is back, with a lot of effort on everybody's part to make it work. Hopefully we can get some of the older guys to come out and support it.”