Government House to Host Closest to the Pin Fundraiser
In November of 2022, Brian Morris sent this request to the Governor in an effort to enhance and make people more aware of the relationship between Ocean View and Government House while also strengthening the relationship between Government House and the community.
The concept was to have a Closest to the Pin competition on the grounds facing North Shore and the proceeds would go to the charity of the Governor’s choice.
Shortly after, Morris received approval from Government House to host the event. He was elated.
In January two weeks before he passed, he went to Government House to discuss the preliminaries and he decided on a date in April.
Unfortunately, Morris passed before he could see this vision come to fruition and the team involved decided to go ahead and continue planning this magnificent event in his honor.
The Governor decided that the recipient of the proceeds should be PALS which was so fitting as this was also Morris’ favorite charity.
Time is running out so please get your application in. If unable to send the application online, visit Ocean View Golf Course and submit them. This event is in part making Morris’ dream come true.
2022 Butterfield Bermuda Championship Community Impact
The Butterfield Bermuda Championship, together with joint title sponsors Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA) and Butterfield, are pleased to announce the 2022 tournament helped to benefit more than 60 local charities with a community impact totaling $1.1 million.
The figure builds on last year, which saw 40 participating charities benefit from $650,000, and was achieved through a combination of initiatives, including the Butterfield Bermuda Championship Birdies for Charity, the BF&M Volunteer Programme and other affiliated events.
Tournament director, Danielle Carrera, said, "We are delighted to have been able to have such an overwhelming and positive charitable and community impact last year. Alongside world-class golf, charitable giving and community impact have long been at the heart of PGA TOUR events, and the Butterfield Bermuda Championship is no different. This takes the tournament's overall charity and community impact to more than $2 million since the tournament's inception in 2019. For that, we must thank the generous support of our sponsors, partners, volunteers and, of course, the players and the fans. Giving back to our host community is of great importance to all of us here; Really, it's why we do what we do."
The Butterfield Bermuda Championship Birdies for Charity, the tournament's main charitable driver where sponsors match the fundraising efforts of participating Bermuda charities, helped 60 entities earn additional dollars in the six months between July and November. A number of charities succeeded in raising the maximum amount of $50,000 through the programme and received a matching bonus of $5,750. Matching funds were made possible by Butterfield, Bermuda Tourism Authority, Mastercard, Digicel Business, AXA XL, The Hamilton Princess and Beach Club, Somerset Re, BF&M, and Island Construction.
The BF&M Volunteer Programme enabled the tournament's 603 vital volunteers the opportunity to donate their time to the charity of their choice, amounting to just over $60,000.
A Butterfield spokesperson said, "Supporting charitable initiatives and organisations that work to enhance our community is important to Butterfield and to our employees, many of whom volunteered for the tournament and donated their time to charity. As hosts of the Butterfield Family Day, we took the additional step of supporting a junior ticket design competition for local schools, which saw an additional award go to the Bermuda Institute for the winning student Zea Swainson".
Erin Smith, Bermuda Tourism Authority COO, said, "We believe that community involvement is key for events such as this and for tourism more broadly. As such, we are pleased to continue to be the title sponsor of an event that not only showcases what our island has to offer but gives back to the community. We look forward to partnering for another successful year with an even greater charitable impact."
This year's event partnered with the Bermuda Golf Association once again to enhance its scholarship fund with $15,000 to award to aspiring local teaching golf professionals and those who wish to explore a career in golf.
The Butterfield Bermuda Championship also enabled the first-ever international Advocates Professional Golf Association (APGA) event to be held on island, with local Bermudians Camiko Smith, Cory DeSilva, Damian Palanyandi and Oliver Betschart competing.
Kenneth Bentley, CEO of the APGA Tour, said, "It was a huge opportunity for our players to come and compete in Bermuda and to increase the visibility of our tour, putting the spotlight on the message of equality and inclusion. This event would not have happened if it wasn't for the support of the tournament and its sponsors, and our thanks go to everyone."
Friday, March 24, 2023
Roy Wins Moongate Tour Third Round
Scott Roy shot a round of 7-over par 78 to win the Bermuda Moongate Tour 3rd Round at a breezy Port Royal Golf Course.
Roy would win by one stroke over Chris Smith, and Dwayne Pearman, while Gordon Cox and Roger Brangman both finished a further stroke back.
2023 Moongate Tour Round 3 Leaderboard
78 Scott Roy (p) 79 Chris Smith (p) 79 Dwayne Pearman (p) 80 Gordon Cox (a) 80 Roger Brangman (a) 81 Spencer Wideman (a) 83 Scott Barnett (a) 83 Justin Watts (a) 84 Mikus Ming (a) 85 Jevon Roberts (a) 85 Michael McCrimmon (a) 85 Oliver Betschart (a) 85 Jordan Swan (a) 85 Andrew Trott-Francis (p) 86 Junior Robinson (a) 88 Alexander Capitillo (p) 89 Joe Roberts (a) 89 OJ Pitcher (p) 91 Ryno Daniels (a) 92 Andre Cannonaire (a) 102 Mackih McGowan (a) 102 Mark Da Ponte (a) WD Bentley Gibbons (a) WD Twilly Smith (p) NC Stuart Kelly (a)
Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Augustus & Smith Talk About APGA Tour Performance
We brought you the results of Daniel Augustus and Camiko Smith, competing on the APGA Florida at the St. John’s Golf & Country Club in St. Augustine, Florida.
We know that the local paper will take the information that we posted and rewrite it, without thanking www.islandstats.com for bringing to their attention more Bermuda athletes competing abroad.
We spoke with Augustus about his performance, this will ensure that the daily can get more information for their story.
Smith said, “First of I have to tip my cap to the winner Marcus Byrd on the way he played. It was a tough course and he played really well in tough conditions and in the process destroyed the field.
Golf is golf, there will be days when you play well and days when it really kicks you in the butt and that’s what happened these past two days. At the end of the day, I can only focus on the positives and keep working on improving my game.”
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Augustus & Smith Compete on APGA Tour in Florida
Daniel Augustus and Camiko Smith competed on the APGA Florida at the St. John’s Golf & Country Club in St. Augustine, Florida.
The two-day tournament saw Augustus finish 17th with a combined 8-over par 152, while Smith finished T41st.
Augustus over the two rounds shot 5 Birdies, 12 Pars, 8 Bogey’s, and 2 Double-Bogey’s, while Smith shot 3 Birdies, 14 Pars, 11 Bogey’s, 8 Double Bogey’s, and 2 Triple Bogey’s.