Jarryd Dillas adds the Stroke Play title at Port Royal to his Match Play win at Mid Ocean
(Royal Gazette photo)
By Colin Thompson, The Royal Gazette
SOUTHAMPTON, BERMUDA (July 9, 2017) - Jarryd Dillas and Ebonie Cox reclaimed the Bermuda Stroke Play Championships men’s and ladies titles at Port Royal at the weekend.
Dillas, who competed for Bermuda at last month’s NatWest Island Games in Gotland, Sweden, finished the 54-hole tournament five shots clear of nearest rival Mikus Ming at five-over-par 218 to claim Will Haddrell’s vacant title.
The top amateur saved the best for last, closing with an even par 71 yesterday, his lowest round of the tournament, after starting the final round with a share of the lead with opening-round leader Fraser Hunt.
With the win, Dillas adds the Stroke Play title to the Bermuda Match Play win he enjoyed earlier this spring.
Ming pipped Josh Hopwood on a tiebreak for second after both players finished at ten-over-par 223.
Hunt started the day in the thick of contention but came unstuck after carding bogeys on five of the last seven holes which put a huge dent in his title hopes.
Last year’s men’s champion Haddrell, who also represented Bermuda at last month’s Island Games, did not compete this year.
Cox, who opted not to defend her Bermuda Stroke Play Championships ladies title last year, had things all her own way.
The newlywed started the final round with a commanding nine-shot advantage and was never seriously challenged as she cruised to a comfortable eight-shot victory.
Cox closed with a ten-over-par 81 for a three-round 21-over-par 234 which left her well clear of nearest rival Elizabeth Parson, the defending ladies champion.
Parson, who also competed for Bermuda at last month’s Island Games, had a 29-over-par 242 with Tracy Burgess rounding off the top three in the ladies field at 260.
Chris Phillips came from one shot back to win the senior division by four shots over nearest rival and overnight leader Terry Mullan.
Phillips signed off with a seven-over 78 for a total of 235.
Mullan, who fell off the pace when it mattered most, carded a final round 12-over-par 83 to finish on 239.
Geoffrey Piggott rounded off the top three in the senior field at 32-over-par 245.
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