The PGA Tour Bermuda Championship Local Qualifying got underway on Wednesday October 16th, 2019 – ironically on the same weekend the now defunct Bermuda Open Championship was held.
The day belonged to former Nationwide Tour Member & Former Bermuda Open Champion Michael Sims who played a near flawless round of 67 – with only one blemish – a double bogey on the 15th Hole – which followed a string of birdies on 7, 10, 11, 12 & 13; with Sims capping off a fine round with a birdie on #17. In hot pursuit is top local amateur Jared Dillas with a solid three under par 68 with some great ball striking.
Bermuda Championship Executive Director PH Horgan 111, a PGA Tour Champions Player  & former Bermuda Open Champion, is well aware of the significance of this date and that the introduction of this historic qualifying event could well be the precursor for the return of a Bermuda Open Golf Championship.
On hand to watch the players this afternoon was Minister Zane Desilva, who together with Works Minister Lt. Colonel David Burch, Executive Director PH Horgan, Sean Sovocol of Bruno Sport Management and Greg Maybury of Port Royal Golf Course have done yeoman service to bring this qualifying for the three million dollar event to Port Royal Golf Course, Bermuda in 2019.
It was exciting watching the groups play the first hole – a testy opening hole, but with a generous middle of the green pin placement, made for some exciting approach shots. Non better than the high approach shots to #1 of Daniel Augustus and Jared Dillas which provided some early excitement.
It is an unbelievable opportunity for modern day Bermuda golfers. All those associated with making this unprecedented three qualifying spots for Bermudians, must be commended.

Today was surreal for me to observe the greatest opportunity for Bermudians  in our sporting history taking place on my ‘Field of Dreams’ the Port Royal Golf Course. The three million dollar PGA Tour Bermuda Championship finally brings a PGA Tour event to our shores.

I was reminded of the stories about when Bermuda was a pioneer in televised global golf dating back to 1959 at Mid Ocean Club, when an infamous televised match between Mason Rudolph vs Sam Snead was held, considered by many to be the precursor to the iconic Shells Wonderful World of Golf.

Today invoked nostalgia, as ironically  35 years ago this week in 1984, I won my third Bermuda Open Championship on the original Port Royal Golf Course. To add today’s natural mystique, Keith Smith and I together both watched some of the golfers this morning. 35 years ago in 1984 was also the same year we (Keith Smith and I) won the World Cup of Golf, Americas Zone Qualifying when Bermuda made its first ever appearance in the World Cup of Golf.

The opening group of Michael Sims, Camiko Smith and Daniel Augustus had a Birdie Buffet between hole 7 and 13 which drew crowds to watch them. Between them they collectively played these holes #7 to #13 with 10 birdies and 1 eagle. They were all on a roll after 13 holes:

• Michael Sims (at 5under)
• Daniel Augustus (at 2 under)
• Camiko Smith (at 2 under)
Fortunes changed from holes 14 to 18 as gentle breezes freshened the air nearing the Atlantic Ocean Coastine. The last 5 holes proved to be a tough finish for all three golfers in the lead off group. All played the final 5 holes over par:
• Sims (+1),
• Smith (+2) and
• Augustus (+5) proved disastrous for Daniel.
With high winds predicted, round 2 promises to be an exciting conclusion and we expect crowds to attend.
Front runners Michael Sims and Jared Dillas are in a commanding position but with 3 places at stake 18holes will be pressure packed with everything to play for.
Round 1 Scores:
Michael Sims 67 (-4)
Jared Dillas a 68 (-3)
Camiko Smith 71 (even)
Brian Morris 73 (+2)
Andrew Trott 74 (+3)
Will Haddrell a 74 (+3)
Kenny Leseur 74 (+3)
Daniel Augustus  74 (+3)
Scott Roy 76 (+5)
Anthony Phipps 77 (+6)
Scott Barnett a 78 (+7)
Damian Palayandi a 78 (+7)
Jeffrey Lindo 83 (+12)
Chris Smith 83 (+12)
Nathan Swan 84 (+13)
Andrew Francis-Trott 84 (+13)
Chaka Desilva 86 (+15)
Quinton Sherlock 87 (+16)