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Venning: Bermuda trio played very well

Dillas was the highest-ranked Bermuda player in individual stroke play in Mexico (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

Gary Venning, Bermuda’s non-playing captain, gave his team’s showing at the World Amateur Team Championships in Riviera, Mexico, the proverbial thumbs up.

Jarryd Dillas, Eric West and Mark Phillips placed 49th among the 71 countries competing in challenging courses in hot and humid conditions nearing 100 degrees.

The 72-hole championships, which are held biennially, were played at the Iberostar Playa Paraíso Golf Club and Mayakoba El Camaleón Golf Club.

“Having watched the Bermuda team over the four rounds, they played very well,” Venning said.

“But the competition was formidable and shows the quality of players that have used this event as their testing ground, for example Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.”

Dillas was the island’s highest-ranked player in individual stroke play, finishing tied for 100th at 11-over-par. West placed 144th at 21-over, while Phillips was tied for 148th at 23-over.

West and Dillas, who were part of the Bermuda team that came 45th at the 2014 World Amateur Team Championships in Karuizawa, Japan, produced the island’s best rounds of one over in the second and final rounds.

This year marked Dillas’s seventh appearance at the championships, while West and Phillips were making their second.

A former touring professional and Bermuda Open winner, West regained his amateur status in May before recording a third-place finish in last month’s Bermuda Amateur Stroke Play Championships at Port Royal Golf Course.

“When we first saw the courses, we figured that even par would be a good score,” Venning said. “However, the fact that players are shooting under par is a testament to the fact that these are PGA Tour players of the future. Curtis Luck from Australia finished with a 63 at Iberostar Playa Paraíso in the third round which was nine-under.

“In addition to driving long and straight, you are also required to hit long approach shots close to the pin in order to make birdies on very fast and undulating greens.”

Bermuda’s golfers competed for the coveted Eisenhower Trophy.

Each team consisted of two or three players that played 18-holes of stroke play for four days.

In each round, the total of the two lowest scores from each team combined the team score for the round, while the four-day total was the team’s score for the championship.

Australia won the tournament by 19 shots, with England a distant second. The United States, the defending champions, finished tied for sixth at even par.

Cameron Davis closed with a three-under 68 to beat Curtis Luck, his Australia team-mate, by two strokes for the individual title. Davis finished at 17-under.

n The Fairmont Southampton is celebrating the Ryder Cup and the launch of FootGolf with an Open House Golf Weekend from Thursday until Sunday at Turtle Hill Golf Club.

The club is inviting local residents — from rookie to seasoned player — to experience the club’s amenities and offerings.

From family-friendly activities like FootGolf to complimentary golf lessons to a little pampering in the Willow Stream Spa, the weekend offers something for everyone.

In addition, the club will be offering a 15 per cent off discount on all merchandise in its golf shop during the weekend.

The Jasmine Lounge will also be broadcasting the Ryder Cup from noon onwards on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

To book a tee time call the golf shop at 239-6952.