Horowitz guns for ‘rum double’ at par-3 champs
Former Canadian Tour player Joe Horowitz will be gunning for a unique ‘Rum Double’ during this weekend’s Bacardi National Par 3 Championships at the Fairmont Southampton.
The singer/songwriter clinched his second Gosling’s Invitational crown in three years at Belmont Hills last December. And if all goes according to plan the New York resident hopes to add the Bacardi trophy to his cabinet.
“Anytime there’s some sort of rum tournament I come down to Bermuda,” said Horowitz with a big grin. “I already have the Gosling’s trophy and now I’m coming for the Bacardi trophy as well.”
Horowitz, who has recorded two albums so far, arrived on the Island earlier this week and has wasted little time getting familiar with the par-54 Southampton lay-out.
“This is my first time for the par-three event and there’s a lot of really good holes out there,” he said. “It’s a true par-three championship course and I think it’s going to be a real good test, especially if the weather comes up.”
The uncharateristic warmer climate for this time of the year on the US East Coast has enabled the 32-year-old pro to sharpen his skills at Middle Bay Country Club in Long Island.
“The weather in New York has been pretty mild so I have been able to play some golf,” he said. “So I feel fresh and pretty good.”
Before Horowitz gets down to business on the course tomorrow he will showcase his musical talents during a cocktail reception at Bacardi International.
“I get to play music and golf on the island of Bermuda so it’s not a bad week,” he smiled. “I might even throw in a Bob Marley song or two.”
Defending champion Nick Taylor will be among this year’s bumper field (116) that also includes former PGA player Ian Leggett and past Canadian Open champ Ian Doig, who have been paired with Horowitz in the first round of the 36-hole tournament.
Dwayne Pearman and Daniel Augustus will carry Bermuda’s hopes in the pro division.
Newly crowned men’s match play champion Jarryd Dillas, BGA president Nick Mansell, Fraser Hunt and Ryan Roberts form part of a formidable amateur field that also includes talented teenager Tom Bayliss of the UK.
Among those expected to be in the hunt for top honours in the ladies’ divison are newly crowned women’s amateur match play champ Kathy Lloyd-Hines, Ebonie Burgess and Katrin Burnie.
Senior match play champ Terry Mullan, Hav Trott and Richard Jones are among the favourites among the seniors whose division has been dedicated to the memory of the late Lionel Pengelly who recently passed away.
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