Amateur Will Haddrell captures maiden Moon Gate Tour title
Will Haddrell captured a maiden Moon Gate Tour title at the second attempt in trying conditions at Ocean View Golf Club yesterday.
The amateur shot a remarkable one-under 69 in wet and blustery conditions to finish three shots clear of the rest of the field.
“The conditions were very tough,” he said. “I didn’t have it going that well at first. I made four bogeys in a row and turned at three over.”
Haddrell trailed joint leaders Dwayne Pearman and Nick Jones by three shots at the turn after carding a birdie and four successive bogeys between holes 4 and 7 on the front nine.
However, he found another gear or two coming in to surge to the top of the leaderboard as he played the back nine at four under after carding an eagle and back-to-back birdies on the first three holes, which all but clinched victory.
“I had my young caddie, my son, driving the cart, which was great fun,” Haddrell added.
“He kept me smiling and I managed to turn it around, so I was happy the way I came through.”
The Mid Ocean Club player appears to be reaping the benefits of the hard work he has put into improving his game lately.
“I have been working pretty hard on my game with a coach out in the United States and starting to see some of the good shots come to fruition,” Haddrell added.
“Still got a few of those bad ones. But I was really happy with the win and look forward to playing more events in the near future.”
Haddrell says it is a privilege to play competitive golf regularly on the newly launched Tour.
“It was a real pleasure playing in the Moon Gate Tour event at Ocean View,” he added. “I have been able to play in both of the events and it’s a privilege and fun to play in a competitive golf event on a regular basis.
“I think we all look for competition in Bermuda and enjoy the competition. And it’s great that we’ve got this new Tour where we can test ourselves every month.”
Jones finished second overall and topped the professional field after shooting a two-over 72, which included an eagle, a solitary birdie and five bogeys.
Chris Smith finished second among the professional division and third overall one shot back at three-over 73, which included four birdies, a quadruple bogey and three bogeys.
Pearman was third among the professionals and fourth overall at four-over, 74.
Amateur trio Damian Palanyandi, Kenny Leseur and Matthew Smith finished tied for fifth a further shot back at five-over, 75.
A total of 31 players competed at the par-70 Devonshire layout yesterday, including ten who were making their debut on the Tour.
“I am pleased with the turnout for the second round of the Moon Gate Tour,” Andrew Trott-Francis, the Tour co-founder, said.
“We initially had 33 sign ups but due to withdrawals we lost two sign ups.
“However, with the ten new competitors we did manage to increase our field size for this event, which is healthy for the Tour. Our goal is to have full fields in all our future events.
“We have some exciting new partnerships that will be announced soon. And we remain committed to developing competitive golf in Bermuda.”
The Moon Gate Tour is the brainchild of professionals Chaka DeSilva and Trott-Francis, and was created to afford more competitive opportunities for local professional and low handicap amateur players.
It consists of seven 18-hole medal events that will alternate between the public golf courses — Port Royal and Ocean View — for its inaugural season.
The season will conclude in September with a 36-hole Tour Championship.