The Bermuda Junior Golf Association is sending three players to represent Bermuda in international junior golf events this summer. The details for the events are set out below -
Junior British Open - July 11-13 - Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club, Troon, Scotland
12 year old Kenny Leseur is en route to Scotland to participate in the Junior British Open hosted by the R&A. There are 142 competitors from around the world participating in this event, which has a cut after the second round. This is Kenny's first time in the United Kingdom and he is one of the youngest competitors in the field. Website for the event is: http://championships.randa.org/en/AmateurChampionships/JuniorOpenChampionship/Home.aspx if you would like to follow Kenny's progress.
Chris Brough is traveling with Kenny on this trip and update the BJGA Facebook Page with results and pictures.
Optimist International - July 20 - 25 (12-13 division) and July 30 - August 4 (16-18 division)
Venue - PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Kenny Leseur will compete in the 12-13 boys division. Mikus Ming (2015 and 2016 Junior National Champion) and Dakota Lamb (2016 Junior National Champion Medalist and runner up) will compete in the 16-18 boys division. Elizabeth Parsons was selected for the 15-18 girls division but was not able to go due to a scheduling conflict.
This will be Mikus' first time at the Optimist while both Dakota and Kenny competed last year. The website for this event is: http://www.optimist.org/golf-championships.cfm if you would like to follow our juniors.
Mikus Ming Defends at the BJGA National Championships
Mikus Ming successfully defended his BJGA National Championship crown with a 3&2 victory over medalist Dakota Lamb. Mikus took an early, commanding lead and led 6 up heading into the second 18 holes this afternoon. Dakota maintained his confidence that he wasn't out yet and went about slowly reeling Mikus in, picking up 2 holes in the first nine holes and another 2 in the next 5 holes to stand on the 33rd tee only 2 down. A wayward tee shot from Dakota opened the door to Mikus to regain control and he gratefully accepted, winning the hole and halving the next to complete his 3&2 victory. This was a somewhat less stressful defence after requiring an extra hole to dispatch of Arriek Douglas in the 2015 final.
Spencer Young Sweeps the Red Tee Championships
Spencer Young finished the week as he started - on top - with the Medalist beating number two seed Ryan Clements 7&5 in the final. After halving the first hole in bogeys, Spencer put together a string of pars to win three holes on the bounce and then Ryan's driver got away from him a bit gifting Spencer another three, putting Spencer in a commanding 6up position after seven holes. A double bogey for Ryan at the 9th put Spencer 7up and despite winning a couple of holes to start the back nine, Ryan's revival was short-lived. Spencer parred the difficult 13th hole to seal the victory and cap off a fantastic week.
Owen Dibbley Goes Wire to Wire
Owen Dibbley led the Novice Division from start to finish, taking the Novice Division title by 10 shots over his nearest rival. From the first tee shot on day one, Owen seemed to be channelling an early 90's Jon Daly - gripping it, ripping it and doing it over and over again. The battle for second place was tight all day with Oliver Betshart jumping from 4th to 2nd by firing an impressive round of 46, his lowest of the week, pipping Noelle Weight by a single shot. This week saw a great performance from Noelle who was participating in her first BJGA tournament and we hope to see her frequently next season. Benjamin Betshart was fourth, just a single shot further back.
In the Championship Consolation stableford, Samson Douglas got some affirmation that his practice time is paying off, winning the stableford tournament by 10 points over Luke Watson.
In the Red Tee Division Consolation Match Play Final, Joe Watson broke all the Hammond hearts, defeating Louis Hammond 5&3 a day after defeating Louis' brother Rudi in the consolation semi-final.
In the Red Tee stableford event, an eagle at the par 5 6th hole propelled Ethan Sousa to victory by 4 points over Kian Mooney.
The BJGA had a wonderful week of golf at Newstead Belmont Hills and would like to thank all the golf-side team at Belmont Hills for all their work and assistance to put together this event. Further thanks goes to Gary Venning from the Bermuda Golf Association for filling the role of tournament official on the grounds this week. Also a thank you to Blu Bar and Grill for the food at our prize presentation. Finally, a thank to to all the competitors and their parents/families for coming out and supporting them this week.
The top seeds prevailed today at Belmont Hills and both the Championship and Red Tee Divisions will have 1 v 2 finals tomorrow.
Defending champion Mikus Ming's greater experience helped him overcome the relative newcomer Samson Douglas 6&4 in the first semi-final. In the other semi-final, Dakota Lamb continued his steady play to get past young Kenny Leseur 5&4, exacting some revenge from the Aon Benfield Fecchio Cup in December where Kenny pushed Dakota into second place on the way to his first Blue Tee major championship. Dakota and Mikus will face off in a 36 hole final tomorrow.
Spencer Young continued his great play with a convincing win over Marcos Furr, 8&7. The other semi-final was the polar opposite, with Ryan Clements needing an extra hole to see off Kian Mooney on the 19th. Kian was never up in the match and fought back valiantly - he was down from the first hole and three down after 4 holes but clawed his way back to all square after 10 holes. Ryan bounced right back and was again 2 up with four holes to play but a birdie from Kian on the 17th squared the match again. After matching bogeys on the 18th, Ryan once again won the first hole to seal the match at the 19th to set up a final showdown against Spencer.
The consolation division saw two competitive matches with Louis Hammond outlasting the more experienced Ethan Sousa to win 2 up. Louis' brother Rudi couldn't get past Joe Watson in the other semi-final to set up a Hammond family showdown with Joe taking the match 3&2. Joe will aim for the Hammond family sweep in the final tomorrow against Louis.
In the Novice division, Owen Dibbley continued his fine play with a nine hole score of 49 in round 2, giving him a two day, 18 hole, total of 94. Benjamin Betschart had the low round of the day with a 47, vaulting himself two places up the leaderboard into second place, seven shots behind Owen. Noelle Weight continued her steady play in her first BJGA major event with a round of 51, one better than her first round score to sit in third place, ahead of Oliver Betschart on retrogression on 103. Callum Pearce is in 5th after an improved round of 52 and Finn Watson is in sixth following his round of 61 in which nearly half of his score was accumulated on three bad holes, steady play on the other six holes keeping him within touching distance of Callum.
Full results are posted online HERE and hopefully there will be some pictures on Facebook later this evening.
[July 4, 2016]
Congratulations to Dakota Lamb and Spencer Young, medalists in the 2016 BJGA National Championships.
Dakota kept mistakes to a minimum, firing a solid round of +2 (72) consisting of an even par front nine and 2 over par back nine. Kenny Leseur made the turn at (+1) but faltered down the stretch, taking triple bogey 7's on both 16 and 18 to finish with a round of +7 (77). Kenny's round contained 6 birdies so he will be ruing his costly mistakes and thinking what might have been with two double bogeys to go with the closing triples. Samson Douglas and Luke Watson will play as the 4 and 5 seeds to see who will take on the number 1 seed and defending champion, Mikus Ming.
Spencer had the benefit of playing the final group and seeing the 9 hole scores of the rest of the field posted as he made the turn. Ethan Sousa had a two shot lead at the turn (+4) with Marcos Furr (+6), Kian Mooney (+7), Spencer and Ryan Clement (both +8) close behind. Spencer held his round together better on the back nine as mother nature gave the course and the players a good soaking with a heavy downpour. Ethan was the worst affected by the conditions (and perhaps some nerves knowing he was playing with the lead), slipping to a 94 which was equalled by Kian Mooney. Ryan Clements was the early leader in the clubhouse with his round of +19 (89) but a double bogey on the final hole was costly. Spencer parred the difficult closing hole to take the medalist honours and number one seed by 2 shots with a round of +17, 87.
In the Novice Division, Owen Dibbley took home the honours in the opening day 9 hole tournament with a fine round of 43. Callum Pearce was second on the day, finding form too late (closing with two pars) to catch Owen. Finn Watson (56) and Noelle Weight (61) rounded out the division.
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