Keno Turnquest walked away victorious from the fifth classic of the Bahamas Professional Golf Tour (BPGT) last Friday afternoon, defeating fourth classic winner Greg Maycock by one stroke in the professional division. The classic was played at the Royal Blue Golf Course at Baha Mar. Just three strokes separated first to fourth place finishers.
Turnquest finished two-over par with a score of 74. After winning, he spoke about the victory.
“It has been a long time. I didn’t play too well but it was good enough for the win. I have played this course a few times. I like the layout and the greens are pretty tough. You can have a good or a bad day depending on how many putts you make,” Turnquest said. For him, the toughest holes were the second and 16th holes.
“Number two always plays pretty tough. That is a deceiving second shot, a tough tee shot. The approach shot has to be a very delicate shot that is easy to leave short. If you land it on the green it will spin back. If you hit it too long, it leaves you in a very tough putt position. Hole 16 is also pretty tough. They put the pin in a very tough position,” Turnquest said.
Turnquest does not know if he will participate in the sixth classic but said it feels good to get his competitive juices flowing. He had three eagles on Friday – at holes nine, 10 and 13. Turnquest bogeyed five holes and scored par on the other holes. He did better on the back nine than he did on the front nine. He scored a 36 on the back nine.
Maycock scored a 75. He ended the day three-over par.
“Today was not good. I was missing my distance and leaving them too far from the hole. I three putt a few times early. My distance control wasn’t good. It was an okay round, finishing it off to get second,” said Maycock. He said it was tough to finish second, and added that it was not the first time that he finished one shot off a win.
“One shot behind first has happened to me before. I lost three events by one shot. I have to suck it up, and we got couple more events to go before the last one in December,” he said.
Maycock hopes to putt better in the sixth classic later this month.
He had a better score on the front nine than Turnquest, scoring 37, but had a rough performance on the back nine. He had five bogeys, two birdies and 11 par shots overall.
Riccardo Davis, BPGT Founder and Director, finished third with a 76. He was four-over par. On the front nine he scored a 39, and had a 37 on the back nine. He had five bogeys, one birdie and 12 pars shots overall.
On the amateur side, Horace Miller won. He finished the day at even par. He finished with a score of 72.
Behind Miller in second was Peter McIntosh. He finished with a one-over par 73.
Rounding out the top three was Nadario Ferguson. He finished with a six-over par 78.
In the team event, Team Albany 2 won. They scored 19-under par net. Their total net was 53.
The sixth classic will be on Friday October 26, at Royal Blue Golf Course.