Hunt and Terceira hold nerve to seal Four-Ball title delight
Fraser Hunt and Teddy Terceira came out on top in one of the most closely fought Bermuda Four-Ball Championships in recent memory at a windswept Port Royal Golf Course yesterday.
The pair carded an impressive three-under-par, 139 to finish the best–ball 36-hole championship two shots clear of nearest rivals Eric West and Roderick Forrest (141).
Andrew Yates and Richard Neame finished a further two-shots back at one-over-par, 143 to pip Spencer Wideman and Micheal McCrimmon for third on a tiebreak.
Hunt and Terceira topped the leaderboard by one shot over Wideman and McCrimmon after firing a three-under-par, 68 in Saturday’s opening round contested in favourable conditions.
The pair were then equally as steady in yesterday’s stiff breeze on the way to an even-par 71 that ultimately proved enough to secure the title competing together at the event for the first time.
“We played really well on Saturday so we just tried to keep cool and go out and executed the same game plan,” Hunt said.
“Obviously there was a little more wind today which tested us a little bit.
“There was also a little bit of nerves but my partner [Terceira]was solid all day. When I got out of position he was always there.
“We hit some good quality golf shots on a tough golf course today and hung on until the end.”
Tournament debutant Terceira returned the compliment.
“I have a good partner who has won it before and I leaned on him for the experience,” he said. “We played well and ended up coming through with the win.”
Both players agreed that the outcome exceeded their expectations.
“We kind of came into the weekend with low expectations,” Hunt added. “We both know we can hit the shots. It’s just a matter of doing it, so it was a good little test for us.”
Terceira added: “This is my first time. It was a surprise and unexpected.
“We played well the first day and just held on throughout the last day in the wind and holed the key putts. That proved to be the difference.”
Meanwhile, defending champions Katrin Burnie and Linda Down completed an impressive hat-trick after winning the ladies title for the third straight year.
The pair carded an 18-over-par, 160 to finish three shots clear of nearest rivals Cindy Ratziaff and Elizabeth Carpio (163).
The two-times defending champions held a share of the 18-hole lead with Ann Symonds and Tracy Burgess and kept it together when it mattered most in yesterday’s trying conditions to seal the deal.
“It’s always great to show up and play in a competition and have a good field and come out on top,” Down said.
“It was close on Saturday and today [Sunday] we hung tough and basically kept encouraging each other to stay in the moment and see if we could get it done — and we did.
“It was tough; the wind definitely affects your play and it’s really hard to stay in the moment because you get distracted with it.
“It can do funny things but we are really pleased with how we handled those conditions today.”
Burnie added: “I think the back nine was really windy but we managed. I think we were two over on the back nine so that’s pretty good in all that wind.
“We did really well with that because I was completely out on a few holes and Linda came through and then the other way around.”
Symonds and Burgess (165) finished third respectively to round off the podium in the ladies field.
David Pickering and Gary Carr (144) won the senior men’s title by four shots over nearest rivals Arthur Jones and Paul Van Pelt (148).
Calvin Hendrickson and Simon Hendrickson (150) secured third, a further two shots back.