Created: April 30, 2022 07:53
Headline Delight: Damian Palanyandi, left, (File photograph by Akil Simmons)
Damian Palanyandi claimed a second win in the inaugural Moon Gate Tour yesterday at a windswept Port Royal golf course.
The top player shot a five out of 76 in tough conditions to clinch the overall and amateur titles in one shot and with it the winner’s share of $600 in prize money on offer.
“I’m happy to have come out on top,” Palanyandi said. The Royal Gazette. I played solid up front outside of my 4-of-6 putts.
“The back nine was a slow bleed; only hit two back greens. Honestly, I kicked myself off the 18th green thinking it wasn’t good enough, but I played from the very solid tee to the green.
Palanyandi’s round included a birdie, four bogeys and a double bogey.
“My good friend Jayson Jackson rolled the greens so well today,” he added. “The wind was on and the greens were very fast so you couldn’t miss it in the wrong place.
“I look forward to the next event.”
The triumph was also the first outright for Palanyandi after finishing tied for first with professional Nick Jones at three also at Port Royal in February.
He has produced a string of impressive displays since making his PGA Tour debut at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship in Port Royal last October.
Leroy Burch and Jarryd Dillas, Bermuda’s match play champion, completed the podium in the amateur field and were tied for second at six.
Scott Roy won the professional division after also entering the clubhouse with a share of second place overall at six with fellow professionals Jones and Dwayne Pearman and amateurs Burch and Dillas.
Roy had three birdies, five bogeys and two double bogeys on Southampton’s par-71 course.
Jones finished second among the pros and Pearman third.
Promising teenager Oliver Betschart punched well above his weight to finish tied for tenth with former Bermuda and St George’s Cup Match spinner Delyone Borden at 13.
Betschart, 13, is back on the island after a rocky nine-week stint on the Southern Texas PGA Junior Golf Tour where he earned seven top-three finishes, including three wins.
Also among the attendees at Port Royal yesterday were Moon Gate Tour founders and professionals Andrew Trott-Francis and Chaka DeSilva.
Trott-Francis finished tied for seventh at ten points and DeSilva tied for 15th, seven more strokes back.
The pair created the Tour to provide more competitive opportunities for local professional and low handicap amateur players.
A total of seven 18-hole medal events are scheduled and the season will conclude in September with a 36-hole circuit championship.
The Tour will alternate between public golf courses – Port Royal and Ocean View – for its inaugural season.
All events will be scratch competitions, or raw only, and will be contested by a maximum of 36 participants for each event, of which up to 18 can be professionals.
The rest of the field will be made up of amateur golfers with the lowest handicaps.
Damien Palanyandi (a) 76
Leroy Burch (a) 77
Scott Roy 77
Nick Jones 77
Jarryd Dillas (a) 77
Andrew Trott-Francis 81
Jevon Roberts (a) 81
Paul Adams 82
Olivier Betschart (a) 84
Delyone Borden 84
Brent Giannone (a) 85
Aaron James (a) 85
Jamie MacMilan (a) 87
Matthew Smith (a) 88
Roger Brangman (a) 88
Shaka De Silva 88
Shawn Knight (a) 89
Craig Christensen (a) 89
Kyle Lightbourne (a) 89
Cory DeSilva 90
George O’Brien (a) 90
Junior Robinson (a) 90
Scott Barnett (a) 94
Steven Lambert 94
Stephen Jones (a) 95
Mackih McGowan (a) 95
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