Oliver Betschart savours victory in San Antonio
Oliver Betschart ended a hectic nine-week playing stint on the Southern Texas PGA Junior Golf Tour with a bang at the weekend.
The promising golfer shot a phenomenal two-under 69 at the Fort Sam Golf Course in San Antonio, Texas, on Sunday to clinch the Boys 13 to 14 age group and overall titles in his final appearance on the tour.
Betschart obliterated the front nine, which he played at four under after carding two birdies and an eagle at the par 5, ninth hole.
Another birdie at the eleventh hole kept the momentum going as he dipped to five under.
The 13-year-old’s bogey-free streak finally ended when he dropped a shot at No 13, which was followed by additional bogeys at No 14 and 16.
However, Betschart managed to regain his poise and parred the remaining two holes to secure a three-shot victory and fulfil his goal of shooting under par.
“My goal here in Texas was to shoot in the 60s in a tournament and I am happy that I was able to do it in my last event before returning to Bermuda,” he said.
“Thank you to the STPGA and Fort Sam for hosting the tournament, my coach (David Ogrin) and my parents for giving me the opportunity.”
Chase Knight finished second at one under 72 and Aadi Palmer third another shot back in the Boys 13 to 14 age group and overall.
In total, Betschart competed in 10 tournaments in Texas and underlined his potential by achieving seven top-three finishes, including three victories.
He made six appearances on the STPGA Junior Tour and was twelfth in a field of 218 players.
The Bermudian also competed in four events on the STPGA Prestige Tour, which he led until dropping to second last week.
“He played really well,” Ogrin, the PGA Tour winner, said. “We are all so proud of what he has accomplished over this short period.“
Betschart has been taking advantage in recent years of an opportunity to continue his development in the United States working with Ogrin at his academy in Texas.
He is a product of the Port Royal Golf Course junior programme, where he began his career at age five under the guidance of former European Tour player and multiple Bermuda Open champion Kim Swan.