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Champs return to defend their titles

Jarryd Dillas and Katrin Burnie will be back to defend their Bermuda Amateur Match Play Championship titles at Mid Ocean Club next week.

The pair are part of a near –50-strong field for the Bermuda Golf Associations first major tournament of the year, which, for the first time, has world ranking points attached.

Among those looking to depose Dillas will be overseas amateurs Nicholas Torrance and Blake Marshall, while Dr Robert Vallis and BGA president Nick Mansell will lead a strong local contingent.

In the ladies division, past winner Tariqah Walikraam is returning from the UK to take part in the event, and should provide some stiff competition for Burnie, and Ebonie Burgess who is also in the field.

There has been a slight change in the format to this year's championship, with two qualifying rounds on Monday and Tuesday, before the first round proper on Wednesday.

So far 32 men and 16 ladies have signed up for the event, which runs from March 7 to 12.

The Bermuda Amateur Match Play Championship marks the start of a busy summer for golf on the Island, with the Bacardi Par 3 Championships, held at Fairmont Southampton, taking place at the end of the month.

Hot on its heels will be the Bermuda Mixed Championship at Tucker's Point in May, before the main event, the Bermuda Open, which takes place at Port Royal Golf Club from June 16 –to 19.

Overseas meanwhile, Michael Sims will this week compete in the Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open which begins tomorrow.

The second Nationwide Tour event of the year will be held at The Country Club of Bogota, in Columbia.

Sims, who did not get a full tour card this year, was first alternate on Monday, but has been granted a spot after several players dropped out.

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Published March 02, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated March 02, 2011 at 9:04 am)

Champs return to defend their titles

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