Haddrell’s victory march a windswept affair
Will Haddrell celebrated Father's Day by winning a third Bermuda Stroke Play Championship at Port Royal Golf Course on Sunday.
The father of two finished five shots clear of nearest rival Jarryd Dillas after signing off with an eight-over-par 79, to finish 11-over for the 54-hole tournament.
“Any time you win it is great and it's always nice to win on Father's Day,” Haddrell said.
“It was fun. I had my family out there with me and my mom was driving around, so it was a happy day.”
Haddrell's march to victory was anything but straight forward as he battled through blustery conditions that made life difficult for the field.
“It was 30-40 mile gusts and blowing sideways pretty much,” he said. “It was tricky and just survival more than anything out there; just keeping the ball in play and trying to keep the big numbers off your card.”
Haddrell started the final round with a four-shot lead over the rest of the field after carding a tournament low two-under 69 in more favourable conditions the day before, and stretched his advantage after rolling in a second birdie at the par five, 7th to make the turn at even par for the round.
“I was actually one-under-par through seven holes so I grew my lead to about nine or ten shots by that point in time so I was actually quite comfortable,” he said. “I got a bit more aggressive on the front nine; found a few pins and got a couple of birdies to stay ahead.”
The leader found the going much tougher on a back nine that bared its teeth in the trying conditions.
“Back nine was a different story,” said Haddrell, who carded two double bogeys and four bogeys coming in. “I lost quite a bit of my lead and was a bit of a leaking engine coming in, but I managed to keep it together and get the job done.”
“I was more focused on my own round and score rather than the overall thing. I find when you focus on your own score and own game you tend to keep things in check.
“If you start worrying about what everyone else does it gets out of whack.”
Dillas finished on 16-over with Robert Vallis a further shot back in third.
Eric West, the former professional and Bermuda Open winner, carded the lowest round of the day, a six-over 77.
Arthur Jones came from behind to win the senior men's division by two shots over overnight leader Ian Page, who squandered a three-shot advantage over the last 18 holes. Jones had a three-day total of 22-over.
Former cricketer Gary Brangman, who carded a hole-in-one at the par-three 13th during Friday's opening round, finished third five shots behind Page.
Elizabeth Parsons won the women's division by six shots over Katrin Burnie.
Parsons started the final round with a four-shot advantage over Burnie, which she managed to stretch coming in.
Linda Down closed out with a 93 to pip Kathryn Lloyd-Hines for third.
• A full set of results can be found by clicking on the PDF link under “Related Media”