The first full weekend of the 2017/18 Season is in the books and we had a good turnout with 25 golfers. I'm still short a couple of scorecards, so if you have them, please email them to Chris Brough.


For a quick recap - Samson Douglas took the blue tee spoils, just doing enough to stay ahead of Adam Perry. Kian Mooney played the steadiest golf from the white tees, besting Ethan Sousa and Jack Thorpe. Based on the scorecards received, the red tee group was very tight with Nicholas Weikl edging Oliver Betschart and Owen Dibbley. The largest group was the BJGA tee group who played from the new BJGA tees installed at Port Royal. After a couple of years away from the BJGA, Callum MacFarlane returned in top form with a fine round of +4 over the 6 hole track. Thomas Wells was his nearest challenger, closely followed by two young ladies, Sophie and Sarah Lawrence. Well done to everyone this week.


Full Results can be found on the Tournament Page or HERE

Thanks again for your patience as we got our novice programming lined up. Registration for 2017/18 is now available and you can click for REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS


2017/18 Novice Programme in a nutshell: 

Lessons will be offered at the following times/locations: 

  • Tuesdays - 2:00pm and 3:00pm - Port Royal (Mr Swan)
  • Fridays - 4:00pm and 4:45pm - Port Royal (Chris Smith)
  • Fridays - 4:00pm and 4:45pm - Ocean View (likely OJ Pitcher)
  • Saturdays - 9:00am and 10:00am - Ocean View (likely OJ Pitcher)
  • Saturdays - 11:00am and 12:00noon - Port Royal (Mr Swan) 


Cost: $100 per 10 week term or $250 if you sign up for the full season (3 terms, ending in June 2018)

Registration Dates: From September 10, rolling until the classes are full

Programme Start Dates: Weekend of September 23. 

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.  

Thank you for your patience as we get organised for our 2017/18 Season. 

You may have noticed that your log-in for the website doesn’t work. We have disabled everyone’s profile to better track 2017 sign-ups and also to make sure our information is up to date. As you register for 2017/18, we will check your information and re-activate your BJGA account. 


Novice Players

We are working with Port Royal, Ocean View and Kim Swan to finalise our schedule, but are planning on having similar times and locations as last year (Friday afternoons, Saturday mornings and afternoons). There is usually huge demand for Friday afternoon, so we are hoping to have 2 classes at Ocean View on Friday afternoons. Registration will open on September 10. Lessons will start the weekend of September 23.  The big change for this season in the Novices is the cost - cost will be $100 per 10 week term or $250 if you sign up for the full season (3 x 10 week terms, finishing in June). 


Tournament and Intermediate Players 

Returning and promoted players should have received an email during the week of August 28 with details on the 2017/18 season. In that notice we announced our new partnership with Port Royal and Ocean View Golf Courses, bringing together our members with their facilities and teachers. In a nutshell, membership with the BJGA will now include junior membership at both of Bermuda’s public golf courses. Cost for the season (through March, then we'll run seasons from April - March to match the government's fiscal year) will be $300. 

The Tournament/Intermediate schedule through March has been just about set any through December has been posted online for weekly sign up. The times noted on the schedule are the first tee time booked that day. We have tried to keep the times late for a couple of reasons: (i) to beat the heat in the beginning of the season, and (ii) to avoid conflict with other sports. The later starts will also mean more weeks of 9-hole play, especially as we get to the dark days of winter. 
With Chris Smith leading the instruction team at Port Royal, there will be clinic/game-based instruction set up at least once per month. The Intermediate players will again be weekly play on 6 – 9 "short" holes with tees in the fairways. As there will be a fair amount of walking between holes, to the extent possible we would like at least one parent with each group to keep the juniors on task between holes. 
Tournament and Intermediate Player sign ups will be at Port Royal’s Pro Shop on Saturday, September 2 (between 3:00 – 4:00pm, golf starting at 4); Sunday, September 10 (between 12:00pm and 1:00pm, no golf after), and Saturday, September 16 (between 3:00pm and 4:00pm, then we will play 6-9 holes). You may sign up at other times with Port Royal's pro shop directly, but if you do so, please send Chris Brough an email or give him a call confirming you have registered and include the name of your junior, date of birth and best email address to reach you. Once you have signed up and your profile re-activated, you can sign up for weekly play on the website each week. Payment for the Tournament/Intermediate Groups will be made to Port Royal, not to Junior Golf – you may pay by cash or credit card at the Port Royal Pro Shop; please do not make payments to the junior golf account, as we will settle with Port Royal.
Wait, I'm brand new and have no idea where to start! First, thank your for your interest in junior golf. We've created this Matrix to help with deciding where your son/daughter would fit in our program. If in doubt or have any questions, please call Chris Brough at 533 2409. 

The BJGA's novice program is on summer break, resuming with regiatration for 2017/18 taking place in early September. Returning Intermediate and Tournament Players can sign up at Port Royal at any time over the summer or at the open day on July 23 (see tournament page for details). 


NEW FOR 2017/18 - the membership fee for the Intermediate and Tournament Player Groups will include Junior Membership at Port Royal and Ocean View. This is an exciting partnership between the BJGA and the Government Courses and we are excited to offer our members access to world class courses and facilities. 


If you have questions, please call Chris Brough (234 0091 (h) or 533 2409 (c)), ideally on the weekend or in the early evenings.