Bermuda – The nearly 50 year golf tradition on the island of Bermuda, The Goslings Invitational, boasted the strongest field in recent memory. The field included one current USGA Mid Amateur Champion and one past USGA Mid Amateur Champion. The champion of England’s TP Tour, numerous champions of the PGA of Canada tour as well as veterans of the PGA Tour and Champions Tour. The sold-out field of both amateurs and professionals totaled 105 players from 3 different continents and 8 states in the United States.
The weather was perfect all week, with the anticipated wind never being a factor. The first day and second day were contested at Port Royal Golf Course. Newcomer to the Goslings Invitational and TP Tour Champion Dan Gaunt from England jumping out to a four shot lead at 5 under on day one over U.S. Mid Amateur Champion Matt Parziale, U.S. Open runner-up Mike Donald and two-time Mass Open Champion Jason Thresher. The second day Gaunt maintained that lead but it had dwindled to three shots as local Bermudian Camiko Smith shot a blistering round of -7 (64) to be lurking just 3 shots of the pace. The tournament then headed to Belmont Hills the devilishly difficult 6,000 yard golf course for the final two days.
Going into round 3 there was a shroud of mystery as how Gaunt, who had never played Belmont, would fare at Belmont Hills. Well he removed all doubt when he got around the course with a carefree 66, good enough for eleven under for the tournament. Camiko Smith couldn’t keep pace as he would finish at one under for the day and five under for the tournament. Former PGA Tour veteran Brad Adamonis and PGA Tour hopeful David Lawrence fired 65’s but still remained far back.
The final day saw Gaunt continue his fine play but local Bermudian Daniel Augustus would fire the low round at Belmont Hills with a -7 (63). Henry Smart, also from England, shot a six under 64 to capture second place at -8. This year’s Goslings Invitational was all about Daniel Gaunt however, as he would finish -5 on the final day and -16 for the tournament and clear the field by 8 shots.
Congratulations to Daniel, a greens keeper from New Malden, Surrey England and father of four. “When I called home and told my wife I won, she just said how much.” The winner’s check is $12,000 and Gaunt said “It is going to be a great Christmas for my kids.”