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Nick Jones achieves hat-trick of titles while Oliver Betschart savours success in Texas

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Nick Jones achieved an impressive hat-trick at Ocean View Golf Club last week, after winning the professional title and finishing second overall, competing in the second round of the inaugural Moon Gate Tour.

It was his third successive win for the 32-year-old, who secured a maiden Bermuda Professional Golfers Association Championship title and finished joint winner along with amateur Damian Palanyandi in the Moon Gate Tour opener last month.

The back-to-back podiums in the Moon Gate Tour have earned Jones early pole position in the overall season series.

“It feels good being on top of the overall leaderboard,” he told The Royal Gazette.

Jones shot a two-over 72 to finish three shots behind winner Will Haddrell at Ocean View last Friday.

He held a share of the lead with fellow professional Dwayne Pearman at the halfway stage of the 36-hole event after the pair both made the turn at even par.

“Dwayne and I were neck and neck before the rain came and unfortunately he pulled one out of bounds left on 15,” Jones added.

Amateur Haddrell caught ablaze on the back nine, which he played at four under, to overcome a three-shot deficit and win the title by three shots. He shot a sensational one-under 69, which included an eagle, three birdies and four bogeys.

“I have to give props to Will Haddrell who had to shoot -4 on the back nine to beat me,” Jones said. “I am OK with that.

“If those are the scores that people need to shoot in order to beat me, then that will not only improve my game, but I think it will show players on the Tour and in Bermuda that we have focused and skilled golfers on the island.”

Meanwhile, also enjoying success at the weekend was Oliver Betschart, who secured another podium finish competing on the Southern Texas PGA Junior Tour.

The promising player shot a one-over 73 at the Riverside Golf Course in San Antonio to finish second in both the Boys 13 to 14 division and in the overall standing.

He led heading to the final hole but saw the title slip away after making a triple bogey. Betschart’s second shot hit a tree and went out of bounds, costing him a two stroke penalty and the win.

“I played OK, even with scoring a triple on the last hole,” he said. “It didn’t really bother me, I am happy with second.”

Aiden Bass won the Boys 13 to 14 division and overall titles by one shot after finishing with an even par 72.

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Published March 22, 2022 at 2:10 pm (Updated March 22, 2022 at 2:10 pm)

Nick Jones achieves hat-trick of titles while Oliver Betschart savours success in Texas

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