Hard work paying off for Roberts
Jevon Roberts warmed up for the PGA Bermuda Championship local qualifier next month with a sparkling display at Port Royal last weekend.
The top amateur shot a tournament low two-under-par 69, which included six birdies, competing for team Yahtzee during the Bermuda Golf Association's season-opening BGA Team Challenge at the Southampton layout.
“Off the tee I was very pleased with how I hit the ball and was able to capitalise on those good tee shots with some good irons into greens and hit them close and make some putts,” said Roberts, who also hit the closest shot to the pin among the men's field at the eighth green.
“One of the things I am most impressed with was that I didn't put myself into trouble. I missed in all the right places and felt I was very good about club selection and when to attack and when not to. I made a lot of smart decisions and of the bogeys I made I think two of them where from three-putts.
“I'm very pleased with the way that I played on Saturday. It was a very good solid round of golf and something I can definitely draw back on when I'm in the qualifier.”
The local qualifying event for the PGA Bermuda Championship will take place at Port Royal on October 13 and 14.
The 36-hole individual stroke play event is open to local professional and amateur players, with three qualifiers going on to gain spots in the island's second PGA Tour event, scheduled for October 26 to November also at Port Royal.
Roberts has put a lot of hard work into his preparations for the qualifier and is encouraged by the progress he has made.
“I am just really excited about where my game is right now,” the reigning Dark n Stormy World Par 3 Championship amateur champion said.
“I've still got a little more work to do. But I will be happy when things start to fall into place.”
Roberts has placed special emphasis on his iron shots — and for good reason.
“I have been working a lot on my long irons because I know 8, 13 and 16 are very important holes to kind of keep your round going,” he said.
“I have been working on hitting long irons a lot — focusing on just making good, solid contact and timing and stuff — and it was good to hit one on 7 [last weekend].
“It makes me happy to hit good shots and make some good putts behind it. It would be great to take that type of form into the qualifier.
“Maybe I will be able to play in a tour event, which would be super exciting.”