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Friday, March 20, 2020
BGA Suspend Tournaments, Events and Lessons

2019 Stroke Play Champion Jarryd Dillas
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The Bermuda Golf Association (BGA), in accordance with the Bermuda Government guidelines, all BGA and Bermuda Junior Golf Association (BJGA) events and lessons have been suspended until further notice.

This essentially affects three tournaments:

i) Saturday, April 11th - Monthly Medal at the Mid Ocean Club
ii) Sunday, May 9th – Monthly Medal at Port Royal Golf Course
iii) Friday, June 26th – Sunday, June 28th – Bermuda Stroke Play Championships at Port Royal Golf Course

A BGA Spokesperson stated, “Currently, Port Royal and Ocean View Golf Courses are closed until April 6th. To our knowledge other courses on the island are still open, but may have introduced precautionary guidelines with which you should become familiar.

We will be closely monitoring the situation and will keep you informed if the situation should change.”
Saturday, March 07, 2020
Dugas Wins World Par 3 Championships 2020

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Eric Dugas collected his check for $10,000.00 after being crowned the Dark ‘n Stormy World Par 3 Championship Champion at the Turtle Hill Golf Course, which gives him an exemption into the PGA TOUR’s Bermuda Championship later this year.

American Dugas alongside fellow American Joe Horowitz started the day leading after opening rounds of 4-under-par 50’s.

After a Second and Final Round, Dugas shot a 1-over par 54 to claim the title at 3-under par, Mark Hoffman was second at Even Par, he was alongside Justin Regier at Even Par.

Jevon Roberts was the top local finisher and he claimed the Amateur Title as he carded a Second Round 59 to finish T11th at 6-over par, while Dwayne Pearman and Chris Smith were the top Bermuda Professionals finishing T16th at 7-over par. Tracy Burgess and Gary Brangman won the Women’s and Senior Men’s Amateur Divisions respectively.

He was the only player in the field to finish below par in the 36-hole championship at Turtle Hill Golf Club.

“I rolled it really well this week,” said Dugas. “I was just trying to hit it one shot at a time.”

Players experienced another day of varying weather conditions, which Maui resident Dugas admitted he was used to.

He entered the final round expecting fellow competitors to make the odd bogey and knew that avoiding a big number was key to winning the championship.

“Sometimes a good shot is hitting it to 30-feet,” noted Dugas.

 
 
Friday, March 06, 2020
Two Tied atop the World Par 3 Championship
It was a blustery opening day at the Dark ‘n Stormy® World Par 3 Championship, but that didn’t stop Americans Joe Horowitz and Eric Dugas from carding stellar 4-under-par 50’s to share the lead heading into the final round on Saturday.

Horowitz, who was the only player to have a bogey-free round, credited his putter for his early success.

“I putted really well,” Horowitz said. “Like everybody, I did leave six or seven putts that could have gone in, but overall it was a great day."

Horowitz shares the lead with fellow American Eric Dugas, who managed to find five birdies and one bogey en route to shooting his 50.

Dugas, who flew in from Hawaii to play in the championship, was no stranger to today’s weather conditions.

“I kinda knew with the forecast—like everybody else—you just go out and hit the shot, chase it, and hit it again,” he said. “It’s about trying to keep it where you can play from.”

Like Horowitz, Dugas thanked the flat stick for putting him in contention on Saturday.

“I made a few putts today that I wouldn’t say were needed, but helped,” Dugas admitted.

Dugas and Horowitz will be joined by Canadian Dustin Risdon in the final group, who sits alone in third place after firing a 2-under-par 52.

Risdon punched his ticket to the Dark ‘n Stormy® World Par 3 Championship by way of winning the Canadian Par 3 Championship last summer, which was held at the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course in Banff, Alta.

“I think it’s pretty cool that there’s a PGA TOUR exemption up for grabs after all this,” said Risdon, who plans to keep things simple heading into tomorrow’s round.

Mini Tour player Dalton Reese finds himself one back of Risdon in fourth place at 1-under-par. LPGA’s Kendall Dye and American Justin Regier round out the top five at even-par.

In addition to professionals, the event sees 66 amateur golfers competing for titles in the amateur, women’s and senior amateur divisions.

Bermuda’s Jevon Roberts leads the amateur division by five shots after shooting one-over-par 55, while Tracy Burgess and Gary Brangman lead the women’s and senior amateur divisions, respectively.

The Dark ‘n Stormy® World Par 3 Championship, held at world-renowned Turtle Hill Golf Club, is a 36-hole championship featuring 50 professionals and 66 amateurs from five different countries, with both men and women playing together and competing for the same overall prize.

For the first time in the event’s history, the champion will gain an exemption into the PGA TOUR's Bermuda Championship at Port Royal Golf Course, held Oct. 26 to Nov. 1.

The winner of the professional division will also receive the first-place prize of $10,000 (USD).

Fifteen players are within six shots or less of the leaders, promising for an exciting final round of play on Saturday.

 
 
Wednesday, March 04, 2020
World Par 3 Championship Field Set

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The 36-hole championship taking place March 6-7 at Fairmont Southampton's Turtle Hill Golf Club features an impressive sold-out field of competitors vying for a PGA TOUR exemption and first-place prize of $10,000 (USD)

The Stage Set For Dark 'n Stormy World Par 3 Championship is set as the competition kicks off Friday at the Fairmont Southampton’s Turtle Hill Golf Club.

For the first time in the event’s history, the champion will gain an exemption into the PGA TOUR's Bermuda Championship at Port Royal Golf Course, held Oct. 26th to Nov. 1st.

The winner will also take home the first-place prize of $10,000 (USD).

The 36-hole championship, which takes place March 6th-7th, features an impressive sold-out field of 120 players, with 50 professionals vying for their share of the $50,000 (USD) purse, and 70 amateurs seeking titles in the amateur, women’s and senior amateur divisions.

“We are thrilled with the turnout for this year’s championship,” says the event’s Executive Director Robby Thompson. “The addition of a PGA TOUR exemption attracted a highly-competitive and diverse international field. We have an exciting weekend of golf ahead of us."

This year’s field includes:
• LPGA TOUR player and 2019 U.S. Solheim Cup team member, Megan Khang
• Canadian Par 3 champion and 2019 PGA of Canada Championship winner, Dustin Risdon
• Past World Par 3 champions Daniel Augustus and Ian Doig
• Two-time PGA TOUR Champions winner, Roger Chapman
• 2018 PGA Championship of Canada winner and No.1-ranked player on the PGA of Canada Player Rankings presented by RBC, Pierre-Alexandre Bedard
• 2018 USGA Mid-Amateur champion, Shannon Johnson
• 2019 USGA Mid-Amateur semi-finalist, Megan Buck

In addition to 36-holes of championship play, golfers will be treated to several festivities throughout the week, including a welcome reception at Fairmont Southampton, post-play party at Goslings’ Rum headquarters and a PGA TOUR crowning ceremony at Turtle Hill Golf Club’s Boundary Sports Bar & Grille.

“Goslings is proud to partner with Fairmont Southampton on this event, which sees both male and female professionals playing together and competing for the same (incredible) prize,” says President and CEO of Goslings Brother Ltd., Nancy Gosling.

Past champions of the World Par 3 Championship include Bermudian Daniel Augustus, PGA TOUR winner Nick Taylor, PGA of Canada member Ian Doig, American Jordan Mitchell, Mark Mouland of the European Senior Tour, Thomas Curtis, Rafael Becker, Daniel Gaunt and last year’s winner Barry Lane.

Dark ‘n Stormy World Par 3 Championship coverage can be followed online via Facebook and Instagram.

Admittance to the Dark ‘n Stormy World Par 3 Championship is free and spectators and media are encouraged to attend.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Parsons and Wagner Ranked 5th in Northeast Conference

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Elizabeth Parsons and her Wagner College Women's Golf teammates were picked to finish fifth in the Northeast Conference (NEC), the league office announced.

Fairleigh Dickinson was the unanimous preseason favorite followed by Sacred Heart and Saint Francis U. LIU, Wagner, Mount St. Mary's and St. Francis Brooklyn round out the seven-team poll. The NEC has also welcomed Merrimack to the conference as its newest full time member, but they are ineligible to compete in the NEC Championship until the 2023-24 season and do not appear in the preseason poll.

This fall, Wagner College claimed the Niagara Invitational Title behind sophomore, and All-NEC Second Teamer, Heather McLean, who took home the individual title after carding a round of 74. McLean also finished fourth at the 2019 NEC Championship.

At the Vanessa Picciotto Perrine Memorial Intercollegiate, back on October 28th – 29th, the host Wagner College finished in third while placing three among the top-15 individual golfers, led by McLean, who finished seventh overall.
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