Dillas eases to Match Play title

  • Jarryd Dillas backed up his top seeding to clinch another Bermuda Amateur Match Play title (Photograph supplied)

Jarryd Dillas won the Bermuda Amateur Match Play Championship for the third straight year and a record seventh overall after defeating Matt Gorrell at Port Royal Golf Course yesterday.

The No 1 seed and Bermuda Golf Association vice-president tightened his stranglehold on the tournament after beating No 2 seed Gorrell 7 and 6 to defend his crown on the latter’s home course.

It is the second time that Dillas has won the event three or more times consecutively having won four straight titles from 2010 to 2013.

“It was a good weekend, I played really well which was gratifying,” Dillas said.

“Had a bit of a slow start against Spencer Young in the first round. I holed about a 25-footer to avoid going two down through five, which kind of woke me up a bit, and then I birdied 6 and 7, and from then on played some really good golf for the rest of the event.”

The 33-year-old Dillas came behind to beat No 8 seed Young 5 and 4 in his opening match to advance to the semi-final round where he got past No 5 seed Spencer Wideman 8 and 7 to set up a final showdown with Gorrell, who would also come up short against the defending champion.

“I played really, really nicely against Spencer Wideman in the semi-final and I was really solid against Matt [in the final], who didn’t have his best stuff, unfortunately.”

Gorrell reached the final after beating No 7 seed Adam Perry 5 and 4 in his opening match and No 6 seed Julian Brassington 4 and 3. Gorrell, the top qualifier during the qualifying stroke play round which preceded match play, and Brassington were all square after 18 holes and were forced to play three extra holes before the former finally sealed the deal.

Meanwhile, in yesterday’s men’s consolation final, No 4 seed Mike McCrimmon defeated Adam Perry 5 and 4.

Because of insufficient players, both the senior men’s and women’s divisions were cancelled this year.