Dramatic victory for Pearman and team
Turtle Hill GC team, led by professional Dwayne Pearman, won the inaugural Bermuda 3s World Team Championship in dramatic fashion on home turf yesterday.
Pearman and team-mate Chris Morris both birdied the final hole which enabled the hosts to pip nearest rivals Trump International Golf Club for the title by a solitary shot.
“We figured it was going to be close and won it with those two birdies on the last hole,” said an elated Pearman, whose team finished at 40-under-par 460.
“It was a little windy out there so we knew the scores were not going to be low. Nobody was going to shoot 15 under in those conditions, so we figured if we come at least somewhere around ten under we had a good chance to win. It wasn't easy and you had to play shots and think your way around the golf course.
“We had a three-shot lead at the beginning of the round and hung in there and did just enough to win it.
“We actually didn't know we had won until we came in and the scores were posted up.”
Pearman drained a 20-foot birdie putt from below the pin on the final hole while Morris got up and down for par but had a stroke taken away which gave him a birdie.
“It was net tournament so he made par but he had one stroke taken off which gave him a birdie,” Pearman added. “He had a good up and down, chipped it up kind of close and made the putt.”
Amateurs Craig Christensen and former premier Michael Dunkley were the remaining amateurs on the Turtle Hill GC team.
“I had a good team and Craig, Chris and Michael all played good,” Pearman added.
“It was a fun week playing with Michael Dunkley who I hadn't played together with since junior golf. The last time I played with him was probably like 40 years ago.”
Wentworth by the Sea Country Club finished third, another six shots back.
There were few surprises in the professional division which Englishman Simon Lilly won by a commanding 12-shots
The 41-year-old, who hails from Northamptonshire, followed up his record round of seven-under-par 47 from the previous day with an even par, which included two birdies and as many bogeys.
“I just tried to play nice and sensible really,” Lilly said. “I tried to hit as many greens as possible and eliminate the mistakes, and it was a lot harder today because it was windy.”
The multiple Euro Pro Tour winner finished at five-under-par 245, the only player in his division finishing under par, to claim the $11,000 winner's purse.
“It's been a great week and great being here,” Lilly added. “Definitely be coming back and spreading the word.”
Overseas professionals swept the podium with Gary Sciorra finishing second and John Nieporte in third, another six shots back.
Bermuda's Daniel Augustus finished tied for fourth, one shot behind Nieporte, to earn $5,000 in prize money.
“It was a fun event,” Augustus said. “I had a great time and I wanted to make sure the guys I played with also had fun.”
Augustus's compatriot Pearman pocketed $3,250 after finishing a further four shots back tied for seventh.