Countdown to 2016 Bermuda Stroke Play Championships
Defending Men's Champion Mark Philips
The 2016 Bermuda Stroke Play Championships is due to get underway at Port Royal Golf Course on Friday, 17th June through until Sunday, 19th June. This year we have a very strong field with several young low handicap players from overseas.
Two 18 year old brothers from Virginia, Roland and York Beights are both +2 handicap. 19 year old Bryce Gorrell from Ohio is 1 handicap and 18 year old Chase Fritz from Texas is a 2 handicap. They will be competing against the two year defending champion Mark Phillips (1hcp) and former Stroke Play champions Jarryd Dillas (+2 hcp) and Will Haddrell (1 hcp). However, we mustnít rule out some other notable players such as Richard Neame (1 hcp), Adam Mattatall (1hc), Jevon Roberts (1hcp), Sam Wehmeyer (2hcp), Spencer Wideman (2hcp) and Eric West who has recently returned to the amateur ranks having relinquished his professional status. Also in the Menís Championship flight is Dr. Robert Vallis who has had a very successful amateur golfing career, but as a senior is taking on the younger players in the Menís Championship division.
In the Senior Menís Championship flight is Hav Trott the defending Senior champion, Arthur Jones and Terry Mullan all of whom are very competitive and quite capable of taking the senior title.
In the Ladies Championship flight, unfortunately the defending champion, Ebonie Burgess is not in the field but this opens up the opportunity for rest of the field with notable players such as Elizabeth Parsons, Katrin Burnie, Linda Down, Kathy Lloyd-Hines who have all shown they can compete and score low in a competitive environment.
It is certainly going to be a very exciting competition, particularly as the weather is expected to bear its teeth with a frontal system producing high winds on Friday and possibly into the weekend.