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Junior foursome head to Florida tourney

Four of the Island’s most promising golfers will travel to Florida later this month to compete in a Top50 Junior Golf Tour event at Deltona Club.

Teenagers Dwayne Pearman Jr, Justin Dixon-Watts, Matthew Smith and Cory DeSilva have been given the opportunity to broaden their horizons as reward for their outstanding performances during last year’s Ross Blackie Talbot Summer Tour.

The quartet will take part in a 36-hole tournament to be held February 25-26 and will be accompanied in Florida by coach and chaperon Eardley Jones. Jones is the father of pro golfer Nick Jones who is currently competing in mini tours within the region as preparation for April’s Euro Pro Tour qualifiers in the UK.

Jones, who has run the Ross Blackie Talbot Summer Tour along with Bermuda Junior Golf Association, said the primary objective of the upcoming tour is to give some of the Island’s top junior golfers exposure to overseas standards.

“It would be nice if they could win some trophies, but the main purpose of the trip is exposure to US competition standards and hopefully they will benefit from the experience,” he said. “They will have a full year’s membership of the Top50 Junior Golf Tour as part of their entry fee for the tournament so if they are able they can return to the US to play in other Top50 events during the year.”

The quartet arrive in Florida February 23 and will team up with Eardley’s son for a practice round of golf the next day, which falls on the eve of the 36-hole Top50 Junior Golf Tour event.

“Nick has played the Deltona Golf Course and will be able to give the Bermuda players some local knowledge,” added coach Jones.

Bermuda’s contingent return home February 27.

All touring members took part in last year’s 12-week long Ross Blackie Talbot Summer Tour involving four separate age groups and spread over four different golf courses.

Only the players in the 15-18 group were eligible for the upcoming trip to Florida.

Ross Blackie Talbot Summer Tour: Left Matthew Smith, Justin Watts, Cory DeSilva, Dwayne Perman and Earoley Jones.(Photo by Akil Simmons)

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Published February 21, 2012 at 1:00 am (Updated February 22, 2012 at 7:42 am)

Junior foursome head to Florida tourney

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