Goodwill tournament set for exciting finale as all amateur team closes gap on leaders
Tucker’s Point Golf Club B capitalised on home course advantage to thrust themselves thick in the title hunt during the second round of the Bermuda Goodwill Golf Tournament at the St George’s layout yesterday.
The all amateur team of Mark Crawford, Ed Faries, Trevor Madeiros and Kathy Lloyd-Hines shot a blistering 14-under 56, the lowest round of the day, to move within striking distance of leaders Innis Arden Golf Club.
“We were on our home course so I feel like we had an advantage being at our home course and it was beautiful weather,” Faries, the team captain, told The Royal Gazette. “It was lovely weather, the course is in great shape and that all worked in our favour.
“It was just one of those ham and egg games. We all played pretty well on the right holes I guess.
“Mark is an amateur but he’s the equivalent of our pro. He’s just an incredible golfer and his game is so amazing. He is so inspiring for us which is great.”
The local team jumped into second and trail leaders Innis Arden Golf Club by two shots heading into the third and final round, which will be played at Mid Ocean Club today.
“That is a tough course for us but fingers crossed we can hold it together at Mid Ocean,” Faries added.
The pickings were also good for Elm Tree Golf Club at the par-70 layout.
The New York-based team carded the second lowest round of 13-under 57 to move up to third, a further shot off the lead pace.
Leaders Innis Arden GC carded the day’s third lowest score of nine-under 61 along with Waccabuc Country Club, who are making a record 50th appearance in world golf’s longest-running Pro-Am.
The Connecticut-based team, led by club head pro Gary Murphy, had a four shot advantage over defending champions Mid Ocean Club at the start of the round and did just enough to maintain pole position.
“It was wonderful and the weather could not be more beautiful,” Bob Corrao, the tournament chairman and chief executive, said. “It was crystal clear.
“They made the professional tees really far back so all the pros were playing from a very long distance, which made it very challenging,” Corrao said. “The winds were pretty decent. It was pretty breezy but the pros had to play probably from 7,000 yards.”
Corrao is a member of the visiting Waccabuc CC, who are fourth, two shots adrift of third placed Elm Tree GC.
“We had a great day and I was really pleased our pro, Andrew Trott, had one bogey, three birdies and shot a 68, which was phenomenal from the back tees,” he said.
The final round at Mid Ocean today promises to be extremely exciting with only three shots separating the top three teams on the leaderboard.