Saturday October 8 saw the first of the 2016/17 Monthly Medals played at Belmont Hills. The white and red tees were down on numbers due to a DofE weekend, so some players will need to catch up in future months. The red tee and BJGA Tee groups are already shaping up to be very competitive groups this year. The next monthly medal round will be November 12. 

Scores and standings:

 Blue Tee  score points total
 Kenny Lesuer 79  10 10
       
White Tee score

points

total
Adam Perry 88 10 10
Kian Mooney 98 8 8
       
Red Tee score points total
Nicolas Weikl 52 10 10
Oliver Betschart 53 8 8
Noelle Weight 56 6 6
Benjamin Betschart 57 4 4
       
BJGA Tees score points total
Ny'Arai Smith 45 10 10

Finn Watson

51 8 8
Zachary Correia 54 6 6
Felix Clarkson 57 3 3
Rylan Cundliffe 57 3 3
Noah Ferreira 58 0 0
Sophie Lawrence 59 0 0
Ethan Lawler 59 0 0
Logan Krueger 60 0 0
Troy Anderson 61 0 0
Jack Carruthers 61 0 0
Sarah Lawrence 64 0 0
Ryan Carruthers 65 0 0
Tyler Furtado 67 0 0
William Silvester 75 0 0
Michael Schrah 77 0 0

 

 

 

After a false start last weekend due to Tropical Storm Karl, the BJGA's 2016/17 Season officially got underway on Saturday October 1. The novices started classes at Ocean View and Port Royal where they will be for the season and the Tournament and Intermediate groups were at Tucker's Point.

 

The first weekend went fairly smoothly - we had a few late sign-ups to bring us to 25 players, then a few late drop-outs to bring us down to 20. Thank you to those who called/emailed/texted that you could not make it, but a couple did not communicate. We understand that things come up and there may be times you need to cancel at short notice, but please let the starter know so that we aren't hanging back waiting and can make adjustments to the other tee times.

 

On to the results - a little summer rust is probably the headline in the Intermediate Group. For some of these players it was their first time on the course and they did well. For the set up we had forward tees and kept to a maximum score of 8 with a view to keeping heads up and the games moving. Finn Watson's experience shone through with a very solid 6 hole score of 31 (49 for the front 9), closely followed by Noelle Weight on 34 (54 for 9). Felix Clarkson isn't new to the game but is new to the island and he finished 3rd with a score of 37 (58 for 9).  

 

In the 9 Hole Red Tee Group, Oliver Betschart took division and family bragging rights, besting his (older) brother Benjamin by one shot with a score of 54. Nicholas Weikl finished third with 57.

 

In the White and Red Tee division, Ethan Sousa let the extra distance get to him a little bit on his first time from the white tees, coming in with a score of 114. The Red Tee division was hotly contested by Adam Perry and Kian Mooney with Adam shooting a BJGA career best at Tucker's with a score of 83 to take the honours. Kian was second on 88 and Jack Thorpe, playing in his first BJGA event, came in third.

 

In the Blue Tee division, Kenny Leseur and Samson Douglas battled it out. Samson held a one shot lead at the turn but came unstuck at the par 4 13th and struggled to regain his form over the next few holes, finishing with a score of 92. Kenny took full advantage, steadying his game at the right time to take the lead and hold on for the victory with a score of 84.  

 

Full Field Results are HERE

 

Next week the Tournament and Intermediate Groups will be at Belmont - sign up on the Tournament Page of the website.  

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 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.

 

If any of our other juniors are competing overseas this summer, please send details of the event to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can post details on the website and Facebook page.

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.   

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