Augustus claims first Bermuda Strokeplay Championship
Daniel Augustus captured a maiden Gentleman Jack PGA of Bermuda Strokeplay Championship at Tucker’s Point Golf Club this week.
The top pro finished 10 shots clear of nearest rival Dwayne Pearman with a 54-hole total of eight-under-par 202.
Augustus fired a five-under-par 65 during Wednesday’s final round that equalled the course record he set playing on the Jack Daniel’s Tour two years ago.
His final round included six birdies and a solitary bogey.
“It feels pretty good to have my name on that trophy,” said Augustus of his fifth win as a pro. “It’s always a good feeling any time you win something and first I have to thank Jesus Christ my Lord and saviour for giving me the gift to play.”
Augustus stormed into the lead with an equally superb four-under-par 66 during the penultimate round to place himself in the driver’s seat.
“My ball striking and short game really clicked the last 28 holes of the event,” he said. “The last 28 holes I would say by far has got to be one of the greatest stretches of golf I have played. I had 11 birdies in that stretch with only two bogeys and if a few more putts would’ve dropped it really could have been something amazing.”
Augustus said the key to victory was to remain composed and play within himself.
“To be honest I tried my best not to focus on winning but to play shot by shot as the days rolled by,” he said. “I didn't want to put too much pressure on myself but just relax and do what I knew I was capable of.
“The conditions of the course were challenging. The course was in excellent condition but you had to go out there and get everything, nothing was easy.”
Port Royal head pro Pearman finished second behind Augustus with a three-day total of two-over-par 212 while Mid Ocean head pro Chaka DeSilva rounded off the top three with a 54-hole total of seven-over-par 217.
Pearman, who claimed the Seniors Over 50 title, closed out the tournament with a final round three-over-par 73 while DeSilva came in six shots over par.
Keith Smith (249) won the Super Seniors Over-60 crown.
Veteran JJ Madeiros shot his age on the final day an impressive 79.
“It was an impressive tournament,” said tournament director Paul Adams. “The golf course was in perfect condition and scoring was much better than in previous years.”
As for Augustus’ convincing win, Adams said:“ I have felt that Daniel had the potential to be the Tiger Woods of Bermuda and it is great to see him finally fulfil the potential.”