Two amateur and a pro will feature in their first ever PGA Tour event when the Bermuda Championship of Golf gets underway at the Port Royal Golf Course on October 31st.
Michael Sims, Jarryd Dillas and 15-year old Kenny Leseur all qualified at the conclusion of the Bermuda Open Championship Qualifier.
Leseur has become the second youngest person to Qualify for a PGA Tour Event.
More coming later….
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Bermuda Championship Qualifier 2019 Day One
Leader Michael Sims
Michael Sims is the early Club House leader on Day One of the Bermuda Championship Qualifier at the Port Royal Golf Course.
Sims shot a 4-under par 67 and will take a one stroke lead into the Second and Final Round over amateur Jarryd Dillas who shot an opening round 3-under par 68, currently holding down the final Qualifying spot is Camiko Smith who shot an Even Par 71.
Sims recorded Six Birdies, 11 Pars and 1 Double Bogey, while Dillas had 4 Birdies, 13 Pars and 1 Bogey and Smith had 4 Birdies, 11 Pars, 2 Bogey’s and 1 Double Bogey
First Round Leader Michael Sims said, “The course was in immaculate condition today with very little breeze. I played solid and made a couple of big putts on holes eight and nine that seemed to kickstart my round. I had fun out there and enjoyed the pairing, we all seemed to play well.”
Current Leaderboard Bermuda Open Championship Qualifier Day One
-04 Michael Sims -03 Jarryd Dillas Even Camiko Smith +02 Brian Morris +03 Andrew Trott +03 Will Haddrell +03 Kenny Leseur +03 Daniel Augustus +05 Scott Roy +06 Anthony Phipps +07 Damian Palayandi +12 Christopher Smith +13 Nathan Swan +15 Chaka DeSilva +16 Quinton Sherlock
Monday, October 14, 2019
Bermuda Championship Local Qualifier Tee Times
The Bermuda Golf Association (BGA) and Bermuda Professional Golfers’ Association (BPGA) are poised to host the upcoming Bermuda Championship Local Qualifier.
Eighteen players will vie for three spots to join veteran professional golfer Dwayne Pearman in the starting field for the 2019 Bermuda Championship.
The public is encouraged to come out and support the players. Admission is free. The two-day qualifying event will be held at Port Royal Golf Course on October 16th and 17th. Players will play in threesomes with the tee times beginning at 10:10am on both days.
“We have completed our final course preparations for the local qualifier,” said Gary Venning, Tournament Director and Head Rules Official for the Local Qualifier. “The course is in great shape, and we are expecting some competitive scores.”
Round 1 Tee times October 16th
10:10 a.m. Daniel Augustus Michael Sims Camiko Smith
10:20 a.m. Anthony Phipps Jr Quinton Sherlock Jr Andrew Trott
10:50 a.m. Scott Roy Brian Morris William Haddrell [a]
11:00 a.m. Nathan Swan Chris Smith Damian Palanyandi [a]
11:10 a.m. Andrew Trott Francis Jeffrey Lindo Scott Barnett [a]
Friday, October 11, 2019
Overseas Players Announced for Bermuda PGA TOUR
Four past winners on the PGA TOUR lead player commitments for the inaugural Bermuda Championship. They will join Bermuda’s own Dwayne Pearman who has received the tournament’s first sponsor exemption. With just over three weeks until the island’s first official PGA TOUR event debuts, the field begins to shape up. Tournament play takes place from October 31st to November 3rd at Port Royal Golf Course.
“We’re very excited about this year’s initial commitments and know that fans have been eager to hear who will be in our field,” said tournament director Sean Sovacool. “With next week's local qualifier that guarantees three more Bermudians will compete in the Bermuda Championship, this is sure to be a thrilling competition to come out and watch.”
Bill Haas, a six-time PGA TOUR winner and 2011 FedExCup champion, represented the United States on three Presidents Cup teams in 2011, 2013 and 2015.
Stuart Appleby has won nine times on the PGA TOUR. The Australian was a member of the International Team in the Presidents Cup five times and has made two appearances at the World Cup.
Russell Knox, a two-time winner on the PGA TOUR, represented Scotland in the World Cup in 2016 and 2018.
Aaron Wise was named the 2018 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year after earning his first win at the AT&T Byron Nelson. The victory came in only his 26th start on TOUR. As an amateur, Wise won the NCAA individual championship in 2016 and helped the University of Oregon claim the team title the same year.
Bermuda’s own Dwayne Pearman turned Pro in 1986. The 13-time Bermuda PGA champion and four-time Bermuda PGA Matchplay champion also has two Bermuda Open wins in 1988 and 2002. Pearman represented Bermuda at three World Cups.
"I want to thank the sponsors for giving me the opportunity to play in the Bermuda Championship. I think it is going to be a classic event and great for our island. We are well overdue for an event like this to be held in Bermuda and at Port Royal Golf Course. Well done to Minister DeSilva, PH Horgan, the Bermuda Tourism Authority and the PGA TOUR.”
Players have until the Friday before tournament week to commit to the event.
The inaugural Bermuda Championship is a four-round 72-stroke play tournament with a $US 3 million purse. The field will consist of 120 PGA TOUR professionals, and the winner will receive 300 FedEx Cup points. Fans can easily purchase tickets online through the tournament’s website. Youth 17 years and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult, courtesy of Butterfield and Vallis.
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Pearman Wins BPGA Pre Qualifier Major
Pearman Putting His Way to Victory
Dwayne Pearman was crowned the Bermuda Professional Golf Association’s Bermuda Champions Pre Qualifier Major Champion.
In rainy conditions, Pearman continued his steady play shooting an even par 70 to clinch the Championship by the same 5 stroke margin he started the day with and collected the $1,000.00 winners cheque.
Ocean View Professional Brian Morris also shot an Even par 70 to finish in 2nd place earning $700.00
Pearman’s Round included, 2 Birdies, 14 Pars and 2 Bogeys, while Morris had 3 Birdies 12 Pars and 3 Bogeys.
Turtle Hill Director of Golf Scott Roy finished 3rd collecting $400.00, while Dwayne Gibson fired an even par 70 to finish tied for 4th with Chris Grantier who shot 73, both collecting $100.00 cheques.
BPGA Bermuda Championship Pre Qualifier Major Leaderboard
139 Dwayne Pearman 144 Brian Morris 151 Scott Roy 154 Dwayne Gibson 154 Chris Grantier 155 Jeffrey Lindo 156 Chaka Desilva 156 Alex Capatillo 159 Twilton Smith