Dillas set to tie appearance record
Jarryd Dillas will tie a Bermuda record when he represents his country at the World Amateur Team Championship in Maynooth, Ireland, next week.
Dillas is set to make his eighth appearance at the tournament, where he will compete for the Eisenhower Trophy along with team-mates Walker Campbell and Mikus Ming.
It put Dillas, 33, level with Brendan “Bees” Ingham, a Bermuda Sports Hall of Fame inductee, and Louis Moniz for the most appearances by a Bermudian at the event.
The championships run from Wednesday until next Saturday.
“It’s a tremendous honour to be playing on my eighth Worlds team and something that I’m incredibly proud of,” Dillas said.
“I love representing Bermuda in international competitions and to be tying a record that has stood for 40 years is definitely one of the highlights of my golf career thus far.
“The Eisenhower is always a special week, but I’m especially looking forward to seeing Walker and Mikus make their first appearances at the WATC.
“They’re two talented young players who have been living and competing in the US for the past few years, so I’m expecting them both to enjoy the experience and play well.”
Robert Vallis, a three-times WATC participant and former Senior British Open Amateur champion, will accompany the team as non-playing captain.
The championship is a biennial event conducted by the International Golf Federation, which also organises the golf competitions in the Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games. Bermuda has participated in every event since it started in 1958.
Campbell, 20, a junior at the College of William & Mary, in Virginia, and Ming, 18, a freshman at Tennessee State, have returned to the United States for their autumn semesters and will travel to Ireland together.
“I think we have a nicely balanced team,” Dillas added. “Walker has shown that he can make a bunch of birdies and shoot some low scores, while I would describe Mikus and myself as being more on the steady side, so together I think our team might just surprise a few people.
“The field at the WATC keeps getting stronger and stronger, so it’s very encouraging to have two members of our team currently playing Division I golf and shows that as a country we’re moving in the right direction.
“We took the opportunity to practice together quite a bit this summer and we’ve developed some good camaraderie on and off the course. We’re aiming for a top-30 finish and if we each play to our potential I think we’ll be in with a chance of earning Bermuda’s best-ever placing at the event.”
The championship was previous held in Riviera Maya, Mexico, in 2016, with Australia winning by 19 strokes. Bermuda’s team of Dillas, Mark Phillips and Eric West placed 49th.