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Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Butterfield Bermuda Championship Tickets Available

Tickets to the 2023 Butterfield Bermuda Championship are now available for purchase through the official tournament website. The public is encouraged to act quickly with early-bird discounts available until November 1st.

Daily general admission tickets are now available online for $35 per day. After Wednesday, 1 November, general admission ticket prices will be priced at $40. Those who want to upgrade their access to the Digicel Business Ocean Club, which includes beverages and bar snacks, can do so for $300 per person per day with limited tickets available. The price of these tickets will be $320 after 1 November.

Danielle Carrera, Tournament Director, said, “Last year’s tournament saw tremendous growth, with record crowds, charitable impact, and engaging activities on the side lines, and we look forward to building on that this year. Further details will be shared as we get closer to the event and we encourage everyone to visit the website to purchase their tickets now to be involved in Bermuda’s award-winning best spectator event.”

Young people aged 15 years and under are admitted for free to the tournament (excluding hospitality spaces) with a ticketed adult. This year’s event includes an enhanced family zone presented by Butterfield and Mastercard, Thursday’s admission presented by Digicel Business, and the traditional Family Day on Saturday, 11 November, featuring local vendors. The tournament will also honor the late Brian Morris with a moment of silence during Thursday’s competition.

As part of the continuing partnership with Aspen to promote sustainability, spectators are encouraged to bring their own water bottle. Water stations are conveniently located throughout the golf course.

There are still volunteer opportunities available for members of the public. Volunteers can donate their time and earn a local non-profit of their choice a donation of $200 by volunteering for a minimum of three shifts throughout the tournament. To volunteer, please go to Volunteer - Butterfield Bermuda Championship (butterfieldbdachampionship.com)

For more information about the 2023 Butterfield Bermuda Championship taking place from November 9-12 at Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda, visit www.butterfieldbdachampionship.com
Sunday, September 24, 2023
Johnnie Walker 2023 Tournament Round-Up

The Johnnie Walker 2023 Tournament came to an end at the Ocean View Golf Course.

In the Senior Gross Division flight, Kavon Trott rounded off a top 3 finish with an overall score of 154 over the two days. In 2nd place with a score of 148 was Craig Christensen with a two-day total of 148. The winner was Christopher Phillips with a total score of 146.

In the Senior Net Division, Donovan Livingston finished in 3rd with a score of 139. Stuart Randles, with a score of 133 finished 2nd with Garry Burgess taking honors by 1 stroke with a 2-day total of 132.

In the Open Division Flight with a score of 142, Eric West had a total of 142 to finish 3rd. Overnight leader Jarryd Dillas finished in 2nd spot with a total 141. The winner in the Open Division Flight with an overall total of 140 was Oliver Betschart.

The Open Net Division saw Jonathan James finish with a 2 day score of 143. Daymon Bean finished 2nd with a total of 141 while Malcolm Clarke topped the division with a two day total of 140.

In the Professional Division Darriek Douglas, Nick Jones and Dwayne Pearman Sr were the top 3 finishers. Darriek Douglas shot a two day round of 143 while Nick Jones finished with 140. Dwayne Pearman Sr was the winner with a total score of 139.

The top 3 finishers in the Overall Results Division were Nick Jones, Oliver Betschart and Dwayne Pearman. On retrogression, Jones took third place honors with a two day total of 140. Oliver Betschart finished in 2nd place with the same score of 140 over the two day event. Dwayne Pearman Sr once again showed that he can still compete as he was crowned the overall champion with a final total of 139.
Johnnie Walker 2023
Saturday, September 23, 2023
Johnnie Walker 2023 Day One

The 2023 Johnnie Walker Classic got underway at the Ocean View Golf Course.

In the Professional Division Nick Jones is the overnight leader shooting a great round of 5-under par. Defending champion Mark Phillips and veteran Dwayne Pearman Sr finished their rounds at 1-under par.

In the Amateur Gross Division Jarryd Dillas is the first-round leader at 2-under par. He is closely followed by Daymon Bean, Eric West and Damian Palanyandi who finished their round at 1-under par.

In the Amateur Net Division Malcolm Clarke and Daymon Bean are the overnight leaders at 3-under par. Jonathan James is two shots back at 1-under par.

In the Senior Gross Division Craig Christensen is the first-round leader sitting at 5-over par with Earlston Wolffe in second sitting at 6-over par.

In the Senior Net Division the overnight leader is Wolffe at 2-under par. One shot back is Garry Burgess and Stuart Randles carding rounds of 1-under par.

Professional Division

-05 Nicholas Jones (p)

-01 Mark Phillips (p)
-01 Dwayne Pearman Sr (p)
+01 Chaka DeSilva (p)
+02 Darriek Douglas (p)
+02 Oliver Pitcher (p)
+04 Andrew Trott-Francis (p)
+04 Mark Crawford (p)
+05 Quinton Sherlock Jr (p)
+07 Delyone Borden (p)
+08 Makie DeSousa (p)
+09 Steven Lambert (p)
+09 Chris Grantier (p)

Open Division

-02 Jarryd Dillas

-01 Daymon Bean
-01 Eric West
-01 Damian Palanyandi
E Oliver Betschart
+02 Jonathan James
+03 LeRoy Robinson
+05 George O'Brien
+6 Ebonie Cox
+07 Andrew Osborne
+07 Dylan Muso
+08 Roger Brangman
+09 Cornell Bean Jr
+09 Darrin Lewis
+09 Justin Simmons
+12 Damon Rabain
+12 Mackih McGowan
+13 Samuel Robinson
+14 Aaron James
+14 Kyle Lightbourne
+14 Steven Almeida
+17 Vincent Minors
+17 Rahji Edness
+19 Malcolm Clarke
+19 Walter Jackson
+19 Diego McCallan
+21 Lionel Cann
+22 Tony Cabral
+23 Steven Bremar
+24 Oscar Riley
+27 Anthony Burt
+30 BJ Payne
+31 Anthony Bascome

Senior Division

+05 Craig Christensen

+06 Earlston Wolffe
+07 Larry Brangman
+07 Kavon Trott
+08 James Perry
+09 Munroe Darrell
+10 Christopher Phillips
+10 Gary Brangman
+10 Allan Bradshaw
+11 Garry Burgess
+11 Calvin Dill Sr
+12 Millard Beach
+13 Zane DeSilva
+13 Robert Coddington
+16 Eugene Smith
+16 Kennedy Nanette
+17 Glen Baisden
+18 Alan Lugo
+18 Mathias Logan
+18 Donovan Livingston
+19 Cleeve Trott
+20 Emmanuel Onifade
+20 Kenneth Ford
+21 David Patterson
+21 Sinclair Trott
+23 Nathan Stephens
+24 Stuart Randles
+25 Derek Lambert
+25 Graham Benjamin
+26 Franklyn Morgan

Friday, September 22, 2023
BGA Launches New Junior Programme

The Bermuda Golf Association (BGA) announced the creation of a new junior golf programme in partnership with international golf educators, Operation 36 (Op 36).

The programme, beginning on the 25th of September, is open to children between the ages of 7 to 16 with an interest in trying golf for the first time or developing their existing skills and will run once each school term. The course, which typically costs $350 a term in the USA, is being offered at a subsidized rate for $250 - financial support may also be arranged for those who need it.

Over the course of the five-week terms, around 60 students will be able to undertake 6 skills classes at Ocean View Golf Course and take part in 4 on-course Op 36 competitions. Classes will take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and the cohort will be divided into appropriate age groups. The course will be led by Op 36 certified local coaches who successfully completed Level One Coaching Certification from the organization.

This programme comes as a key milestone in the BGA’s National Golf Plan, which aims to grow the sport at the grassroots in local clubs and schools. This initiative is part of the organization’s vision to work with stakeholders and continue to create further opportunities such as inter-club junior leagues and inter-school competitions.

Operation 36 is a division of Golf Genius, a US golfing software company, and it is considered one of the most effective programmes to teach beginners (both children and adults) how to play golf and fosters a love for the game.

The President of the Bermuda Golf Association, Craig Brown, said: “The BGA Committee has done extensive research to find an engaging modern delivery for the game of golf. The Op 36 program is one of the fastest growing junior golf programs in the World, and we felt it was a perfect match for Bermuda as we endeavor to remove barriers and improve access to the game of golf.’

Co-founder and General Manager of Op 36, Ryan Daily, said: “The BGA first reached out to us in February 2021 and we were blown away by the passion and excitement on the island to use golf as a vehicle to teach life skills and for providing a competitive pathway from schools, to the golf course, to elite player development. Our program, Operation 36 is currently being used in 725 golf facilities in 15 countries to provide the gold standard to introduce and guide anyone in playing the game of golf. We could not be more excited to be coming back this fall to officially run a Level 1 Operation 36 Certified Training for the BPGA and BGA. Golf in Bermuda has a bright future with great opportunities for those growing up and living on the island.’

The Golf Development Officer at the Bermuda Golf Association, Ebonie Cox, said: ‘We are so excited to be able to offer a program that will offer an opportunity to play golf for people of all ages and abilities.’

Bermuda Professional Golfers Association President, Scott Roy, said: ‘As teaching professionals, the BPGA are committed to lifelong learning and growing the game of golf in Bermuda. Op 36 is a strong platform that we feel can assist the growth of grassroots golf at the club level.’

Any young golfers looking to participate in the programme should reach out to the BGA at info@bermudagolf.org or juniors@bermudagolf.org.
Thursday, September 21, 2023
Butterfield Bermuda Championship Local Qualifier Announced

The Bermuda Golf Association (BGA), Bermuda Professional Golfers’ Association (BPGA), and tournament officials are pleased to announce the Local Qualifier for this year’s Butterfield Bermuda Championship will be played at Port Royal Golf Course Tuesday, October 17, and Wednesday, October 18 with Thursday, October 19 reserved as a rain day. The format will be a 54-hole event, with 36-holes played on Tuesday, October 17, and the final 18 holes on Wednesday, October 18.

Butterfield Bermuda Championship, Tournament Director, Danielle Carrera said, “We are excited and proud to support local Bermuda golf talent with the return of the Bermuda Local Qualifier. This year the Local Qualifier will secure the top three Bermudian golfer's spots to compete in the Butterfield Bermuda Championship PGA TOUR event, from November 9 to November 12. The next three qualifiers will be given spots in the Butterfield Bermuda APGA Championship being played at Port Royal Golf Course October 26-28, and the overall winner of the APGA event will receive an exemption in the PGA Tour event.”

“This year the Local Qualifier sub-committee unanimously agreed to increase the local qualifier to a 54-hole event. The landscape of global golf has changed with greater emphasis now on ranking points in order to qualify to play in top events. This action was taken to provide the next generation of local golfers with a pathway to accrue these ranking points in a home event. The opportunity to provide these points will facilitate representation for Bermuda golf in overseas events such as the Central American Caribbean (CAC) and Pan Am Games.” said BGA President Craig Brown.

During the 2022 Qualifier hosted at Port Royal Golf Course, Michael Sims, Nick Jones, and Jarryd Dillas qualified for the PGA Tour event. Other qualifying spots for the inaugural APGA were secured by Christian Collins, Oliver Betschart, Camino Smith, and Damian Palanyandi. Cory Desilva replaced Christian Collins in the APGA event as the next-best qualifier.

“We are excited to once again to provide a platform for local professional golfers to qualify for a PGA Tour event on home soil. Over the years the Local Qualifier event has come to represent hope, growth, and opportunity for local golfers. Last year we were able to include qualification to the inaugural APGA event. This year we felt the time was right to add an additional round in order to provide the next generation the best opportunity to represent Bermuda at international events.” noted BPGA President Scott Roy.

Entries are open to professional golfers, amateur golfers, and applicants for reinstatement. To be eligible to compete in the Local Qualifier, participants must meet the following criteria:
• Players must possess Bermudian status
• Players must be in good standing with the BGA and BPGA and not subject to any disciplinary process or sanction of either association
• Amateurs must have an up-to-date Handicap Index or equivalent handicap issued by an international body of golf, not exceeding 1.4 under the USGA Handicap System

Note: A player’s current eight-counting handicap scores cannot include scores from before October 1, 2022.

Full details of eligibility requirements and Conditions of Competition related to conducting the tournament will be available at the time of registration. Entries officially open on Monday, September 25, 2023. Any questions should be directed to info@bermudagolf.org or call the Bermuda Golf Association office at (441) 295-9972.
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