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Kenny Leseur battled back from a triple bogey halfway through his final round to finish third in a World Amateur Golf event in Florida over the weekend
Kenny Leseur

Kenny Leseur underlined his enormous potential with a battling display competing in a World Amateur Golf event at the weekend.

The Bermudian, who attends the International Junior Golf Academy in Florida, finished runner-up competing in challenging conditions in a formidable field at the par-72 Bishop Gate Golf & Lakeside Community layout in Lake County.

Leseur carded a three-over-par 219 to finish four shots adrift of Mexican Sebastian Gomboa, who won the 54-hole event. Sweden’s Lev Grinberg finished third.

“I played in a three-day World Amateur Golf event which has a lot of the top players from my academy and all around playing,” Leseur told The Royal Gazette.

“The first day had really rough conditions with a two-hour rain delay and winds up to 30mph. I shot a one-under 71 on the first day and was tied for the lead. I was pleased with my round that day.”

The 17-year-old surrendered his share of the lead in the second round as his struggles on the par-three holes took their toll.

“The second day had no rain but winds up to 30mph again,” he said. “I struggled on the par-threes but I battled back on some holes to not let the round slip away.

“I ended with a four-over 76 on the second day and I was seven off the lead.”

Leseur staged a remarkable fightback on the back nine on the way to even-par 72 in the final round, the lowest round of the day, to secure a top-three finish and cap his best display for the year.

“The last day wasn’t as windy as the first two days, but it was still in the 20mph range,” he said.

“I was one under through seven but had a blunder on the par-five 8th hole and hit two balls out of bounds over the green, and ended up with a triple bogey.”

However, Leseur managed to steady the ship as he rattled in birdies at Nos 9, 11 and 14, and then made eagle at No 15 to thrust himself back in the hunt.

“After that [triple bogey] I had three birdies and an eagle to battle back from it and ended with the best final round of the day, finishing four strokes off the lead,” he added.

The display was Leseur’s best at this level since finishing tied for second last October and bodes well for his confidence going forward.

“It was a good event for my confidence and I am confident for the tournaments upcoming that I can win a few with the way my game is headed,” he said.

Leseur appears to be reaping the benefits from the hard work he is putting into ironing out any kinks in his game.

“I have been playing better from week to week and have put in endless hours working on my game,” he said. “I had a rough semester last year for my standards, but I have gotten over that hurdle and I am very close to being where I want to be.”

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Published February 23, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated February 22, 2021 at 8:39 pm)

Kenny Leseur’s battling instincts get him on podium

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