Bermuda names squad for return of World Amateur Team Championships
Jarryd Dillas, Will Haddrell and Damian Palanyandi have been chosen to represent Bermuda at the 32nd World Amateur Team Championships in Paris next month.
The contest for the Eisenhower Trophy will be played out on the Le Golf National and Golf de Saint-Nom-La-Brèteche courses from August 31 to September 3.
Gary Burnet will accompany the team as non-playing captain and Adam Perry, the newly crowned Amateur Stroke Play champion, has been named as a reserve.
Dillas, 36, will be making a record ninth appearance for Bermuda at the WATC. He finished atop the 2022 Men’s National Order of Merit after placing in the top three in all but one of his eight Bermuda Golf Association events this past season, including winning the Bermuda Amateur Match Play Championship and the 2021 Johnnie Walker Classic.
Haddrell, 38, will be making his fourth appearance at the WATC after finishing second to Dillas in the season-long Order of Merit. Highlighted by winning the 2021 Bermuda Amateur Match Play Championship last September, Haddrell placed in the top three in five of his six BGA events this season, including a runner-up finish to Perry in the recent Amateur Stroke Play.
Palanyandi, 30, will be making his first appearance at the WATC after a successful 2021-22 campaign which saw him make his PGA Tour debut after qualifying for the 2021 Butterfield Bermuda Championship.
Palanyandi won four BGA events this season to finish third behind Dillas and Haddrell in the 2022 national rankings and is the leading amateur on the fledgeling Moongate Tour.
Craig Brown, the BGA president, is expecting some good things from the team in Paris. “The Eisenhower Trophy is one of the showpiece events in the world of amateur golf and the association is pleased to be in a position to name such a strong team,” Brown said.
“Jarryd, Will and Damian are three of the island’s most decorated amateur players and I have every confidence that they will do Bermuda proud this summer.
“The International Golf Federation has indicated that the field size and qualification system for the World Amateur Team Championships will change in 2023, so I know the team has some lofty goals for France 2022 and that everyone is focused on achieving Bermuda’s best finish at the Eisenhower.”
The president added: “It’s also a special occasion because this will be Jarryd’s ninth time representing Bermuda at the WATC, which sees him move past Brendan ‘Bees’ Ingham and Louis Moniz for the most all-time appearances by a Bermudian at the event.
“Jarryd became Bermuda’s youngest Worlds participant in 2002 at the age of 17, so to see him make his ninth team some 20 years later is an incredible achievement and a testament to his continued dedication to competitive amateur golf.
“The association is also proud to name Adam Perry as the reserve player for the 2022 team. At just 19 years of age, Adam represents the future of Bermuda golf and is rightfully being rewarded for his great play over the past 12 months.”
The championships were last contested in 2018 in Maynooth, Ireland, with Denmark winning its maiden Eisenhower Trophy, while the Bermuda trio of Dillas, Walker Campbell and Mikus Ming placed 50th.
The 2020 tournament was cancelled because of the global pandemic.