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Oliver Betschart steps up title bid on Southern Texas PGA Prestige Tour

Oliver Betschart leads the Boys 13 to 14 age group on the Southern Texas PGA Prestige Tour. (Photograph supplied).

Oliver Betschart stepped up his title bid on the Southern Texas PGA Prestige Tour after securing a podium display at the Spring Break Classic, which concluded at the Lakecliff Country Club in Spicewood, Texas, on Tuesday.

The Bermudian shot a 14-over 156 to finish second in the Boys 13 to 14 division and fifteenth overall and surge to the top of the points standings in his division.

Betschart got off to a wobbly start after shooting a ten-over 82 during in the opening round on Monday, which included four bogeys, four double bogeys and a solitary birdie at the par-4 eleventh.

However, he rallied over the final 18 holes on the following day, firing the lowest round in his age group of two-over 74, to take over possession of the lead in the overall season points standings.

The promising player was four over at the turn after carding a pair of birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey.

However, better fortunes awaited him on the back nine, which he played at one under after rolling in three birdies and two bogeys coming in.

Braden Boone won the Boys 13 to 14 title by six shots, while Jaxon Bandelier claimed the overall title after beating Esteban Gonzalez in a play-off.

Betschart went into the event with momentum having also battled back from a poor start to finish third in his division and tied for eighteenth overall at the Alamo City Shootout six days earlier.

On that occasion he shot a 16-over 160 competing in mid 40 degree temperatures and strong winds that confronted the field in the 36-hole event, which was held at the Olmos Basin Golf Course in San Antonio, Texas.

Betschart got off to a shaky start after shooting a ten-over 82 in the first round. The 13-year-old found the going tough on the front nine, which he played at seven over after carding five bogeys and a double bogey at the par-4, eighth hole.

However, he fared much better coming in as he played the last nine holes at three over after making six consecutive pars either side of three bogeys.

The Junior Golfer High School graduate student then carried the momentum into the second round as he carded a respectable six-over 78 to salvage a spot on the podium in his age group and top 20 finish overall.

He carded a birdie, three bogeys and a double bogey on the front nine to make the turn at four over.

Betschart was more consistent coming in as he played the remaining holes at two over after carding a birdie and three bogeys.

Cameron Villarreal won the Boys 13 to 14 title by two shots, while Brennan Young beat Wes Helmer in a play-off after both players remained tied at one over 145 after 36 holes.

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Published March 17, 2022 at 7:55 am (Updated March 17, 2022 at 7:55 am)

Oliver Betschart steps up title bid on Southern Texas PGA Prestige Tour

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