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Dillas triumphs again to complete hat-trick

Jarryd Dillas became only the third player to win three Bermuda Amateur Match Play Championships men’s titles on the trot at the weekend.

And he did so in style with a birdie at the par-five 15th at Mid Ocean Club that sealed a four and three win over Fraser Hunt in the 36-hole final.

“It was a good finish to a good match and overall I think I played some good golf,” Dillas said. “I feel very proud to become the third person to win this tournament three times in a row.”

Dillas joins RP Horne and Louis Moniz who were the only previous players to complete a hat-trick of victories.

The 26-year-old Bermudian was four up after the first 18 holes but saw his lead dwindle to one as Hunt rallied.

“The score does me a little more justice than I deserve,” Dillas added. “It really got close on the second 18.

“There were a few key putts here and there that could’ve changed the tide, but it was my day.”

With the match on the line, staying calm under pressure ultimately proved to be decisive for the two-time defending champ.

“Fraser made a few really good putts and in the past my emotions may have gotten the best of me,” Dillas said. “But now I stay a lot more patient on the golf course and control what I can and then see where the chips fall in the end.

“With age and experience playing more times here and overseas you learn to expect things, and I have been fortunate these past three years.”

Savouring a maiden Bermuda Amateur Match Play Ladies crown this year was Kathy-Lloyd Hines who came from behind twice to beat close friend Katrin Burnie two and one.

Hines took an unassailable lead after former winner Burnie double bogeyed the par-three 17th.

“It was a special day because I was four down on the first nine and then on the turn of the second 18 I was one down,” said Lines, who is a past Bermuda Amateur Match Play Championships senior women’s champion.

“Then I came one up and I was one up for like seven holes and finally I won it on the 17th at two up with one to go. It went right down to the wire.”

Also enjoying a first title was Terry Mullan who went the entire distance with Jeffrey Lindo before clinching a one-up victory at the 18th to claim the men’s senior crown.

“It was a special day for me even though I was pushed all the way,” Mullan said. “I thought we both played pretty well.”

Mullan clinched the match on the last hole which Lindo needed to win to send the final into extra holes.

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Published March 12, 2012 at 2:00 am (Updated March 12, 2012 at 9:24 am)

Dillas triumphs again to complete hat-trick

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