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Nick Jones enjoying solid start to the year after consecutive victories

Nick Jones. (Photograph Colin Thompson)

Nick Jones has enjoyed the best of times on the golf course lately.

The professional is fresh off back-to-back victories last month, which have bolstered his confidence and laid a solid foundation to build upon, as he bids to make further inroads towards his goals.

Jones carved his name in local golf history after capturing a maiden Bermuda Professional Golfers Association Championship title to join 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.

The 32-year-old’s year then gained further momentum after finishing joint winner along with amateur Damian Palanyandi in the inaugural Moon Gate Tour opener.

“I’m off to a great start to the year,” Jones told The Royal Gazette.

“I came back in October to prepare and try to qualify for the Butterfield Bermuda Championship. However, my game was not ready to withstand the pressure of the big leagues of the PGA.

”These victories are building blocks to help me to prepare physically and mentally for the end of the year.“

Jones’s primary objective for the year is to play in the Butterfield Bermuda Championship at Port Royal Golf Course, which would also make amends for last year’s failed qualifying bid.

“I had the honour of caddying for one of the PGA players last year and I said to myself, and to some of the players that I had the pleasure of meeting, that I won’t be carrying a bag next year,” he added. “And hopefully, if I keep my game improving, I will be ready to play and be the first Bermudian golfer to make the cut.”

Jones has made considerable strides since and attributes his solid form to the hard work he puts into perfecting his craft.

“I work very hard on my technique,” he said.

“If you watch me play, I have a different pre-shot routine when I preset my impact position, but my technique is ever improving and evolving.”

Jones has also placed emphasis on improving the mental side of his game.

“You might have heard the saying that golf is 90 per cent mental, and when I was younger I didn’t believe that,” he said.

“But the more I learn and play this game, the more that statement becomes true. I try to treat the brain and mental game as a muscle and muscles need to be worked.”

Jones has also reaped the benefits from the advice of senior players and his personal experiences.

“I try and learn from greats and from every game that I play,” he said. “I learn from our local veterans golfers, such as Brian Morris, Darron Swan, Keith Smith and some of my father’s friends who have played golf longer than I have been alive.

“I owe a great deal to the local golf professionals of Bermuda. They have known me all my 32 years of life and supported me through the loss of my father and mother.

“They have supported me like part of their family, so I will always be grateful for my upbringing in Bermuda golf.”

Jones has also been inspired by the progress fellow professionals Daniel Augustus and Camiko Smith have made in their burgeoning careers.

Augustus is a nine-time winner on the Moonlight Golf Tour in the United States and has also enjoyed success on the IGTA Tour, having won the CGate Classic at ChampionsGate Golf Club on his tour debut last October.

Smith shot a bogey-free six-under 29 on the back nine at Port Royal competing in the Butterfield Bermuda Championship last October, to become only the third player to achieve the feat in tournament history.

“I have been inspired by Daniel Augustus and Camiko Smith’s recent successes,” Jones said.

“I remember about six years ago I was playing a round of golf with Daniel. We had just finished playing and he looked me in the eye and he said ‘I will make it on tour and people will know my name’, and he has done an amazing job so far.

“I think his and Camiko’s future in golf is very bright, and it inspires me to practise and try and be as good – or even better – than my fellow Bermudian golfers.”

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Published March 03, 2022 at 7:39 am (Updated March 03, 2022 at 7:39 am)

Nick Jones enjoying solid start to the year after consecutive victories

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