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Dillas set to begin matchplay title defence

Playing well: Adam Perry finished top of the Bermuda Amateur Match Play Championship medal round at Port Royal yesterday (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

Jarryd Dillas will begin his quest for a record eleventh Bermuda Amateur Match Play Championship at Port Royal Golf Course today.

The top seed will face No 16 seed Michael Kenny in the first round and is heading into the match as the overwhelming favourite to come away victorious.

Dillas has added incentive this year as he is also on the verge of a hat-trick after winning the previous two finals against fellow amateurs Jevon Roberts and Damian Palanyandi.

The remaining matches will see Adam Perry take on Paddy Cole, Kenny Leseur will do battle with Walter Jackson, Eric West is up against Brent Giannone, while Roger Brangman will square off against Chris Souter.

Trevor Carvey has been pitted against promising teenager Dylan Muso, Geoffrey Piggott faces Stephen Roberts while Jamie Macmillan will lock horns with Chris Parry.

The quarter-finals will also take place today at the Southampton golf course, with the semi-finals and final to be held tomorrow.

The championship got under way yesterday with Perry topping the field on retrogression after finishing the medal round tied with Leseur at even-par 71.

“Under perfect conditions it was some good scoring with the two even pars,” Bermuda Golf Association general secretary Darrin Lewis told The Royal Gazette.

“At one point they were under par but it sets it up for an interesting match play part of it with Kenny Leseur being in good nick last few tournaments he has won. He is hitting the ball well.

“You have Adam Perry who is also playing well and Eric West, and then of course you can’t count out Jarryd.

“Match play is one of Jarryd’s strong points as defending champion and then your dark horse Roger Brangman is playing well on his home course, so it should set it up for an interesting first round and quarter-final.”

Leseur is gunning for a fourth straight victory having won his past three tournaments, including the Bermuda Amateur Men’s Stroke Play Championship at Port Royal after a play-off with teenager Oliver Betschart last month.

Perry heads into the opening match play round as the second seed, Leseur third, with former Tour de las Américas player West and Brangman rounding off the top five seeds.

Dillas did not compete in the qualifying round he was not obligated to as the defending champion and automatic top seed.

Among the noticeable absentees from the field is past winner Jevon Roberts, who has been ruled out through family commitments, while promising player Betschart is off island.

There is no senior division in this weekend’s event owing to a low turnout of participants, while this year’s Bermuda Women’s Match Play Championship has been cancelled for the same reason.

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Published July 06, 2024 at 7:54 am (Updated July 06, 2024 at 7:42 am)

Dillas set to begin matchplay title defence

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