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Scott Roy captures third Moongate Tour title

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Scott Roy, right, shakes hands with amateur Adam Perry after completing his impressive round at Belmont Hills yesterday (Photograph Colin Thompson)
Scott Roy prepares to putt from the fringe of the 18th green (Photograph by Colin Thompson)
Title triumph: Scott Roy (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

There is something about the Moongate Tour Championship which brings the best out of Scott Roy.

The professional has been in dominant form this year and continued that trend at Belmont Hills Golf Club yesterday with a brilliant four-under 66 that swept him to a convincing six-shot victory.

Roy was a model of consistency as he carded five birdies and a solitary bogey on the way to a third win of the season which further solidified his lead in the overall championship standings.

“I hit the ball well and I was really happy with the round,” Roy told The Royal Gazette. “It felt really good and any time you can get under par on any golf course you’re playing well.”

The 42-year-old was mentally prepared for the task at hand heading into the 18-hole event being played for the first time at the Warwick layout.

“I was up all night preparing myself to play with tough golfers like Jevon Roberts and Adam Perry and didn’t sleep a wink,” Roy added.

“But I stayed steady and played with them and played my game versus theirs, and it was good. I made a couple of birdies, minimised mistakes and was able to come out on top.”

The Turtle Hill Golf Club director of golf birdied the opening hole to get his round off to the perfect start.

He lost a bit of momentum with a bogey at No 7 but bounced with another birdie at the ninth green to make the turn at one under.

The experienced player then hit top stride on his stroll coming in on the back nine where he carded three additional birdies to further distance himself from the rest of the field.

“I felt like I was in control all round and all year I have been playing really well,” Roy said.

“I hit the ball well and tried to play steady. I still played aggressive and not hold back and make sure that when I stepped over the golf ball I was able to make the swing I was committed to. I have been working really hard on doing that this last year and it paid off.

“To be able to win is always good because the competition is really tight. I am always thinking I have to be two or three under any time I tee up to have chance and, so to shoot four under proved my point.

“I always want to beat the golf course so the only thing I am in control of is my score and nothing anyone else does, and I figure if I can be there at two or three under par I am going to have a good chance.”

Roy is both inspired and thrilled by the progress he has made trying to improve the physical, mental and technical aspects of his game.

“It’s been an emotional battle over the last three years trying to get my game and everything into place and it feels like it’s coming together and I am really happy with it,” he added. “I am trying to work on my body, work on my mental state, and it’s coming together so I am excited for that.

“It’s given me a little more motivation and a little more excitement to want to play.”

Roy finished tied for first with Roberts in January’s Moongate Tour season opener at Port Royal Golf Course which he followed up with a second win two months later at the Southampton layout.

Meanwhile, Gordon Cox finished second at Belmont Hills yesterday at two over and fellow amateur and star cricketer OJ Pitcher third a further shot back.

Professional and Tour co-founder Chaka DeSilva and amateur Leroy Robinson both came in at five over to round off the top five finishers.

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Published May 20, 2023 at 7:53 am (Updated May 20, 2023 at 7:53 am)

Scott Roy captures third Moongate Tour title

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