Mid Ocean seize team title in style

  • All smiles: the Bermuda Goodwill Golf Tournament Team Net Division winners Mid Ocean Club A. From left, Chris Grantier, Allan Marshall, Gary Carr and Leon Nearon

(Photograph by Colin Thompson)
  • Full concentration: Dwayne Pearman Jr, of Tucker’s Point Club, chips a shot on the 9th hole in the final round of the Bermuda Goodwill tournament at Port Royal Golf Club yesterday 

(Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Mid Ocean Club A came from two shots back to capture the Team Net Division title in spectacular fashion during the final round of the Bermuda Goodwill golf tournament yesterday.

The foursome of professional Chris Grantier and amateurs Leon Nearon, Allan Marshall and Gary Carr carded a final-round, 16-under-par 55 at Port Royal Golf Course to pip Lakes Golf and Country Club, from Westerville, Ohio, for the title on retrogression after the two teams finished tied at 33 under.

Mid Ocean began the final round in a four-way tie for third and hit top stride when it mattered most, with Nearon, Marshall and Carr leading the charge by carding two eagles and a hole in one.

“This is our first win together and it was today’s round that put it all together,” Grantier said.

Nearon, the most senior player in the tournament at 83, added: “Overall it was an extreme team effort. Somebody was always around to score.”

The Daniel Island Club A team finished third in the Team Net division a further three shots back at 30 under.

The gross division was also decided on retrogression with Race Brook Country Club pipping Oakman Country Club for the title. Race Brook, whose team comprised professional Jerry Courville and amateurs Richard Courville, Stephen Folger and Neil Prete, closed out with a 64 at Tucker’s Point Club to finish at 14 under.

Port Royal, made up of professional O.J. Pitcher and amateurs Ian Page, Leroy Burch and Terry Mullan, were the top local team in the gross division and fifth overall at 12 under.

Race Brook’s Jerry Courville won the professional division by a single shot over Silvermine Golf Club’s Peter Ballo to claim the lion’s share of the $25,000 purse.

Marbella Country Club’s David Lawrence, who won the Gosling’s International Invitational last week, and Bermuda’s Daniel Augustus, representing Mid Ocean Club B, finished tied for third another two shots off the lead. Glen Abbey Golf Club’s Jennifer Jaszek won the women’s professional title.