Smith duo continue dominance to clinch third Knight’s annual title
The father and son team of Keith and David Smith continued their dominance in the Knight’s Annual Golf Tournament at Belmont Hills at the weekend.
The pair conquered the blustery conditions and a competitive field boasting as many as nine professionals to win the Captain’s Choice charity event for the third time.
“I haven’t played with David since the last time we won it , so it’s a good feeling,” said former Bermuda Open winner Keith Smith, who celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday. “We played very good and I enjoy playing with him whenever I get the chance to. We chipped away at it and teamed up pretty good.
“It was pretty windy and also tricky playing those holes out there. No 2 and No 16, were very tough to hit the ball into the wind.”
Brian Morris, the head professional at Ocean View Golf Course, and amateur Donavan Livingston finished second and Richard Knight, the tournament director, and his nephew Shawn Knight, third.
“It’s a nice tournament and I enjoy playing in it because of the team camaraderie,” Smith added.
“It’s fun with the guys you’re playing with and you have a good time out there.”
Knight, summed up last Saturday’s tournament as a success.
“The tournament went pretty well,” he said.
“We had over 60 players and they all enjoyed it.
“The weather was good to us, everybody knew the weather was predicted to be pretty bad that day, so we’re glad for that.”
The event was rescheduled from last month to avoid clashing with the funeral of player Jerry Lynn Simons, the late Somerset and Vasco defender.
“He is one of our regular players and we really couldn’t have the tournament on the same date, so we postponed it from December 5 until January 16,” Knight added.
Local charity Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bermuda were the beneficiaries from the tournament, while former Warwick Workmen’s Club president Gary Fray was also honoured for his dedicated service to his club.
“Gary was chosen because he has always been involved with Warwick Workmen’s Club and has never been to another club,” Knight said.
“He played football and cricket for Warwick and has done a lot of work within the Warwick Workmen’s Club community, and he’s still there after 50-something years
“Things like that don’t get recognised, one person devoting most of their life to one community, so I thought that deserved some sort of recognition.
“Our mission is to bring together golfers of all levels annually to compete in an organised, friendly game, but more importantly to help raise funds for charities and recognise special persons in the community or sport.”
Knight said the tournament has exceeded his expectations.
“It originally started as a one-off tournament for my 70th birthday, but the guys wanted more and here we are five years later,” he added.
“Over the years it has grown so much that we decided to do it for charity and also to recognise people for their services and it has grown and is really becoming one of the most popular tournaments on the annual golf calendar.”