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Dillas keeps options open

Jarryd Dillas, one of Bermuda's top amateurs, remains unsure whether he will compete in next week's Bermuda Open Championship at Port Royal Golf Course.

The four-time Bermuda Amateur Match Play Championship winner, is due to travel to the Azalea Invitational in Charleston, South Carolina, next week, although he may pull out of the event due to work commitments.

If he is unable to compete, Dillas intends to play in the Bermuda Open instead. The entry deadline for the Open was yesterday.

“I'm scheduled to play in the Azalea Invitational next week, but I may be unable to travel due to work commitments,” Dillas said, “and should that prove to be the case, I do plan to enter the Bermuda Open.

“The Azalea is always a highlight of my season. I look forward to going back to Charleston every year, so with any luck I'll be able to make the event next week.

“Unfortunately the past few years it's conflicted with the Open, so it turns into an either/or scenario, but I feel it's important that I continue to take advantage of the opportunities to compete overseas against some of the best amateur players in the world.”

Dillas's four-year winning streak at the Bermuda Amateur Match Play Championships came to an end last week on his home course at the Mid Ocean Club, when club-mate Ben Hodge beat him in the semi-finals to set up a meeting with Fraser Hunt. Hunt won the final 2 and 1.

Should Dillas remain in Bermuda, he will be striving to right the wrongs of that day at the Open.

“Should I be on Island for the Open, I'll look to put four good rounds together and hopefully I'll be in with a shout come the end,” said Dillas

“Port Royal is a course that punishes mistakes and doesn't really lend itself to low scoring, which may prove a bit of an equaliser between the professionals and amateurs in the field.

“The Match Play obviously didn't go as well as I would have liked. I just made too many mistakes in the afternoon against Ben [Hodge].

“I had a nice run though, and I'll look to bounce back with an improved performance next week.”

Bda Amateur Match Play Championships Jarryd Dillas (photo by Glenn Tucker)

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Published March 20, 2014 at 9:00 am (Updated March 19, 2014 at 11:00 pm)

Dillas keeps options open

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