CHRISTOPHER Richards Jr replaced his father as the TT Golf Open champion, after he emerged victorious in the Championship Division of the 113th edition, on Sunday, at the St Andrew’s Golf Course, Moka, Maraval.
The 16-year-old Richards topped the leaderboard with a tally of 295, after posting a two-over-par 74 on Sunday.
During this tournament, the Diego Martin Central Secondary student had scores of 76 (Thursday), 69 (Friday) and 76 (Saturday).
Richard Camacho finished second in the Championship Division with 301 and Zico Correia was third with 304.
In the Professional Division, Ben Martin prevailed with 288, while Simon Merry and Richards Snr were joint second with 291.
During an interview on Monday, Richards Jr said, “The feeling is impeccable. It’s an amazing feeling. Everybody (has been) congratulating me. I’m enjoying it.”
Richards Snr is a three-time winner of the TT Golf Open, including the previous edition in 2019. The 2020 competition was cancelled owing to the covid19 pandemic.
Asked if the 2021 Open was different for him as a player or whether he was able to play his natural game, the teenager replied, “To me, it wasn’t really different, because it’s still a tournament. I still had to be focused, keep my head in the game and play despite all the surrounding disturbance.”
He will now turn his attention to the Republic Bank Junior Caribbean Open, which will take place at the Millennium Lakes and Country Club, Trincity in April.
Super Seniors – Arjoon Samlal 238; John Hale 244; John Holley 245.
Seniors – Dave Rajkumar 322.
Second Flight – Asa Roopchand 339; Rafi Mohammed 343; EunDae Lee 344; Dushyant Sookrant 346.
First Flight – Dinesh Jackree 305; Luke De Freitas 317; John Henry 328.