DeSilva enjoys breakthrough
Chaka DeSilva is enjoying the kind of success every golfer strives to achieve.
The Mid Ocean Club assistant professional is on a roll with two titles under his belt already this year.
He achieved a career breakthrough after edging nearest rival Scott Roy by a shot to win the BPGA Stroke Play Championship at Tucker's Point in March — his first major title as a professional.
“I have to give it to Scott because he didn't let me have an inch that day,” DeSilva said. “If I made a putt he made one and we were right there the whole way.
“I led the first round one year but wasn't able to close it out. I think I was tied for the lead this year, so I was in the same sort of predicament and was able to close out this time.”
The 39-year-old then followed up that success by beating defending champion Dwayne Pearman in a sudden-death play-off to capture a maiden Johnnie Walker Classic title at Ocean View this month.
“Dwayne was leading by one after the first round and then I clipped him by one on the second day and so we had to go and play 18 all over again,” DeSilva said.
“I've been taking golf serious now for quite some time and it feels very good seeing some success.
“A big thank you to the Ocean View family, Brian Morris [the Ocean View professional] and Johnnie Walker for hosting the event.”
DeSilva dedicated his most recent success to his grandfather Noel Van Putten, the former Port Royal general manager, who had a major influence on his career.
“I made it a point to acknowledge him when I won at Ocean View,” he said. “I thanked him very much for introducing me to this great game. It's just fun to be playing competitive golf.
“There's not many options available as a local professional golfer to play in these kind of events.
“It's just enjoyable to have yourself in an event like this and be in contention and feeling the pressure of having to make a putt for a victory.”
Much of DeSilva's success of late owes to the improvement he has made on the green with his new custom-fitted putter.
“Mid Ocean recently invested in a custom-fitting system for putters and in the process of getting trained to be able to fit our members and guests with these putters, I got fitted for a putter and that has really changed my game,” he said.
“I've always hit the golf ball decent from tee to green and putting was my Achilles' heel. But this year with this new putter I'm able to get the ball in the hole.”