Kenny Leseur motivated for second crack at Butterfield Bermuda Championship
Kenny Leseur is excited to have another crack at qualifying for the Butterfield Bermuda Championship, which he hopes to capitalise on.
The 17-year-old amateur has returned home from studies at the International Junior Golf Academy in Florida to compete at next week’s local qualifying event in familiar settings at Port Royal Golf Course.
“It feels good to come back home and have the opportunity to qualify again for the PGA event,” he told The Royal Gazette.
“Port Royal is my home course and I think the approach is the same that it always has been. Obviously different variables will affect that but the overall plan will be the same.
“I haven’t been playing great this year. But I need to put that to the side and come home and play the best I can.”
Leseur qualified for the inaugural PGA event in 2019 after finishing as joint medallist along with Michael Sims and top amateur Jarryd Dillas.
However, he missed last year’s local qualifier because of school studies abroad.
This year’s 36-hole strokeplay event will be held at Port Royal on October 12 and 13.
Leseur knows he has his work cut out competing among a formidable field boasting many of the island’s top professional and amateur players, including defending champion Camiko Smith.
“The field is very good and I’m going to need to be on my game to qualify again,” he added.
Tournament officials announced last month that four Bermudian golfers will be offered qualification spots for the championship, which will be played from October 28 to 31.
“I think the extra spot is good and will give a good opportunity to another Bermudian to play,” Leseur said.
The 2020 Male Junior Athlete of the Year believes the qualifier is a great incentive for local players.
“It gives the world a chance to see one more Bermudian play in the event,” he said. “And overall it is good for getting your name out and helps out with recognition.”