High winds at the Turtle Hill Golf Course affected scores as the 2018 edition of the Grey Goose Golf Tournament got underway.
Organizers are also keeping an eye on the weather and Paul Adams the Head Professional at the Turtle Hill Golf Course told www.islandstats.com that, “If the weather delay’s the start of play on Day Two past Noon tomorrow the Second Round will be cancelled.”
Adams went on to say, “We will need to have a Play-off to determine Division Winners if necessary and then we will hold the Million Dollar Hole In One Shoot-Out.”
Australian Daniel Gaunt set the early pace in the Grey Goose World Par 3 Championship after a 2-over-par 56 during the opening round at the Fairmont Southampton’s Turtle Hill Golf Club in Bermuda.
Battling gusty winds of more than 75 km/h, Gaunt’s scorecard featured four bogeys and a pair of birdies. The 39-year-old leads a bunched up leaderboard that includes Ed Maunder of the PGA of Canada, American Justin Regier, local favourite Anthony Mocklow and American Ryder Cup member Chip Beck.
“It was absolutely brutal out there and you all could do to stay alive was scramble,” Gaunt admitted about the conditions Friday at Turtle Hill. “It’s just so breezy out here that even if you’re around the greens you’ll be OK.”
Gaunt is a two-time winner on the European Challenge Tour and won in Bermuda this past December at the Gosling’s Invitational. He’s also a four-time champion on the PGA EuroPro Tour and played in the 2009 Open Championship at Turnberry in Scotland.
“To be honest, I haven’t hit a golf ball in months,” Gaunt said. “It’s snowing back home and Bermuda has been good to me in the past, so I figured why not come out here and play.”