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Nick Jones clinches historic BPGA title

Nick Jones, centre, claimed a maiden BPGA Championship title at Tucker’s Point. Also pictured are tournament director Brian Morris, left, and BPGA president Scott Roy (Photograph supplied)

Nick Jones carved his name in local golf history after capturing a maiden Bermuda Professional Golfers Association Championship title at Tucker’s Point Golf Club on Wednesday.

The 36-year-old carded a seven-over 217 to win the 54-hole strokeplay event by four shots.

He joins a list of champions, which includes his late father Eardley Jones, making them the first father and son to achieve the feat in tournament history.

“My father Eardley Jones won this event four times and we are the first father and son to win this,” an elated Jones told The Royal Gazette. “He would have been jumping for joy and singing on the ride home. I am honoured.

“My father started teaching me when I was 4. I think about him and he would have been proud.”

Dwayne Pearman finished second at 11 over with Chaka DeSilva third, a further ten shots adrift.

Jones held a one-shot advantage over Pearman at the top of the leaderboard going into the final round, and managed to pull farther away after carding an impressive one-under 69 in trying conditions.

He went bogey-free on the front nine and made the turn at one under after rattling in a birdie at the par-five 3rd hole.

Jones carded another birdie at the par-three 14th to dip to two under before losing momentum with back-to-back bogeys on the next two holes.

However, he immediately bounced back with another birdie at the 17th, putting him back to one under, where he remained the rest of the way.

Jones capitalised on his strengths, which ultimately gave him the edge over his rivals in the wet and blustery conditions.

“The tournament was challenging, to say the least,” he said. “The conditions were not easy; it was more a battle against the elements than trying to shoot low.

“Everyone was going to have bad holes and high-scoring holes. I felt it was more about accepting that fact and fighting back.

“However, that weather does suit my game because I have a very low ball flight. I was able to keep the ball under the wind.”

Brian Morris, the tournament director and Ocean View head professional, finished fourth at 21 over and BPGA president Scott Roy one shot back in fifth.

Leroy Robinson was low amateur and eleventh in the 22-strong field at 31-over 241.

After all was said and done, Morris thanked the tournament hosts and expressed his delight over the turnout.

“Just want to thank Tucker’s Point for use of the golf course,” he said. “Andre Cannonier, the superintendent, did a fantastic job.

“The turnout for the professional events has been fully supported. We have had more guys out than ever before.

“I believe the association is strong and we are in a good position. There is some good golf being played and we’re looking forward to the Moon Gate Tour.”

The inaugural Moon Gate Tour, introduced by professionals DeSilva and Andrew Trott-Francis, is set to be launched with the first of seven 18-hole medal events at Port Royal Golf Course on February 25 and will conclude in September with a 36-hole Tour Championship.

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Published February 18, 2022 at 7:49 am (Updated February 18, 2022 at 7:49 am)

Nick Jones clinches historic BPGA title

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