Bermuda finish 64th at World Amateur Team Championships
Bermuda finished 64th among the 71 participating countries at the World Amateur Team Championships in Parish, France, on Saturday.
The trio of Jarryd Dillas, Will Haddrell and Damian Palanyandi started the final round at the Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche golf course in a two-way tie for 62nd and keen to sign off on a solid note.
However, it was not to be, as they produced their worst round of 17-over 161 to fall two places down the leaderboard.
Dillas’s seven-over 79 and Palanyandi’s ten-over 82 counted towards the island’s two lowest scores for the round. Haddrell also shot 82.
“Some missed putts and costly mistakes left the boys feeling disappointed they were not able to move farther up the leaderboard, Gary Burnet, Bermuda’s non-playing captain, told The Royal Gazette.
Dillas, Bermuda’s most consistent player at the biennial championships, shot in the 70s in every round and finished in a five-way tie for 150th at 20-over 306.
Haddrell finished in a four-way tie for 181st at 320 and Palanyandi 192nd at 328 among the individual field of 208.
Bermuda peaked during the penultimate round with a six-over 150 at the par-71 Le Golf National.
This year’s event was particularly special for Dillas, who made a record ninth appearance for Bermuda to eclipse the previous mark of eight shared by himself, Louis Moniz and Brendan “Bees” Ingham.
Meanwhile, Italy won the tournament and with it the Eisenhower Trophy with a four-round total of 31-under 541.
Overnight leaders Sweden finished second one shot back and the United States in third, a further three shots adrift at 545.
Norway finished at 547 and Spain 549 to round off the top five.
Sweden’s Tobias Jonsson topped the individual leaderboard at 17-under 269.
Taiga Semikawa, of Japan, who led through 54 holes, finished second one shot back at 270 and American Austin Greaser in third another shot adrift.