Oliver Betschart secures second win on the Southern Texas PGA Junior Tour
Oliver Betschart gave his mother the perfect birthday gift after producing another polished display on the way to a second win on the Southern Texas PGA Junior Tour at the weekend.
Competing in the Boys 13 to 14 age group, the promising Bermudian carded a brilliant two-under 70 to win the 18-hole event at the Riverside Golf Course by a comfortable four shots.
Dylan Knox, of the United States, finished second at two over and compatriot Michelle Lee was third, a further three shots back.
“It was another great win because it was the first time that I shot under par in a tournament, and happy that I could do it on my mom’s birthday,” an elated Betschart told The Royal Gazette.
The 13-year-old player played the front nine at one under after rattling in the first of three birdies on the opening par-five hole, which provided early momentum and set the tone for the day.
He then matched that score coming in with two birdies either side of a solitary bogey of the round at the par-four 11th, which enabled him to put further distance between himself and the chasing pack.
“I felt really good, the weather was warmer and I hit a monster 350 yard drive on the 505-yard par-5, first hole and just lipped out an eagle putt for birdie,” Betschart added. “I have to mention that it was downwind, but it gave me a good start.”
Betschart’s coach, David Ogrin, the former PGA Tour winner, was equally as pleased with the youngster’s solid display.
“It was a beautiful round,” he said.
Betschart is continuing his development working with Ogrin at his academy in Texas.
The win was the Junior Golfer High School graduate student’s second on the Tour, having captured a maiden title at the Landa Park Golf Course in Austin, Texas, by two shots with an impressive even-par 71 last month.