Damian Palanyandi remains steady to seal Stroke Play title
Damian Palanyandi captured the Bermuda Stroke Play Championship after a masterful display at Port Royal Golf Course yesterday.
Heading into the final day with a three-shot lead over Scott Barnett, Palanyandi remained consistent despite the challenging conditions, matching his second round score of 74 to claim a five-shot victory over defending champion Eric West, with Barnett ultimately settling for third.
Palanyandi got off to the ideal start by birdieing the opening hole, before going on to par the following four holes, remaining steady amid the wind. A second birdie followed on the 6th, a hole he double-bogeyed a day previously, before rounding out the front nine with two double bogeys and a par.
Just as had at the start of the round, Palanyandi kicked off the back nine with a birdie before parring the 11th. Slight Inconsistency crept in with four bogeys out of six of the following holes, but he regained composure to par the final hole and ultimately do enough to claim the title.
Having shot consecutive rounds of 76 on the first two days, second-placed West actually the best final round, carding 73 which consisted of four birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey on the 8th.
Meanwhile, having shot a sensational 71 to lead after the opening round, Barnett was made to rue less impressive outings in the subsequent two rounds. He shot second round of 78 before struggling to card a final round of 80, which consisted of two double bogeys and four bogeys.
Much like Palanyandi, consistency proved key for Kim Botelho, who secured a well-deserved women’s title, finishing seven shots ahead of Tracy Nash.
Successive steady rounds of 81 gifted her a six-shot advantage heading into the final day and despite carding 82 yesterday, which included eight bogeys and one double-bogey, Botelho still rounded the tournament out with the best score of the final round.
Having endured a difficult outing on the opening round, carding 87, to find herself six shots adrift of the lead, Burgess stormed back, carding 81 on Saturday, before wrapping up with a final round of 83 to claim second.
Just as with Barnett, Nash stormed into the lead after a first round score of 81, before suffering a downturn in fortune on Saturday, finishing the second round with a score of 88. A final round of 85 ultimately saw he finish ten shots adrift of Botelho.
Meanwhile, the Senior Men’s championship was won by Arthur Jones, who finished five shots ahead of Hav Trott. Built on the back of a brilliant opening round of 71, Jones carded rounds of 80 and 76 over the weekend to claim the title. Calvin Hendrickson completed the top three, finishing 13 shots adrift of Jones, while Ian Page, who was well in contention after the first two rounds, was forced to withdraw with a hand injury.