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Gosling’s Invitational in Port Royal switch

Defending champion: McCann will be back as the tournament is played over two courses for the first time

The Gosling’s Invitational is on the move — well, sort of.

Since its inception the premier golf tournament has been played at Belmont Hills Golf Club.

However, that is all about to change as organisers have announced that this year’s 72-hole tournament will be played over two courses.

The opening two rounds will be played at the par-70 Belmont Hills layout, with the remaining 36 holes to be contested at the slightly longer par-71 Port Royal Golf Course, former hosts of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

“This move is as a result of polling our players over the years and listening to their comments and the effort of Gosling’s to grow and improve the tournament going forward,” Karen Marsh, the Bermuda Tees event coordinator, said.

“We are all very pleased to be able to share two of Bermuda’s beautiful courses with our players and feel this year will make a significant mark on the Gosling’s Invitational tournament of the future.”

Practice rounds will take place at Belmont Hills Golf Club on Sunday, November 27 and will be followed by the opening two rounds to be played over the next two days at the same venue.

The remaining two rounds will take place at Port Royal Golf Course on the Wednesday and Thursday, November 30 and December 1.

“We are very excited for this year’s event and the success and enjoyment it will provide to our loyal participants,” Marsh said.

“We have a number of new players this year participating in this event and know they are in for a real treat, both on and off the courses.”

Brian McCann is the reigning Gosling’s Invitational champion.

The Canadian professional claimed a maiden victory in dramatic fashion at last year’s event after several near misses.

McCann fired a four-under-par 66 on the final day to come from behind and pip past winner Kirk Hanefeld by one shot.

Dwayne Pearman, the former Port Royal head professional, is the last local player to win the tournament in the early Nineties when it was known as the Belmont Invitational.