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Monday, April 12, 2021
Another 2nd Place finish for Betschart in Texas

Betschart and coach David Ogrin
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Oliver Betschart wound up his stay in Texas with another 2nd place finish at the Cedar Creek Golf Course at Alamo City Golf Trail, north of San Antonio.

Betschart shot a 9-over par 81, at what turned out to be a challenging day for all. The winner Aadi Parmar won with a 7-over par 79.

Betschart leaves after 6 weeks in Texas and the STPGA Junior Tour.

Under the watchful eye of coach David Ogrin, Betschart would record two 6th, one 5th, two 3rd, and second 2nd place finishes.
Friday, April 09, 2021
BTA Release Golf Championship Report

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The second staging of the PGA TOUR Bermuda Championship last year generated a much-needed $13.2 million boost for the island’s pandemic-injured economy, according to a newly released KPMG economic impact report. While the numbers are not what they were in 2019, and don’t show the growth that can be achieved in a post-pandemic world, this event has demonstrated its staying power through challenging times. The report commissioned by the Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA) examines the economic impact of the 2020 golf event, which featured top-ranked professional golfers alongside local draws, Camiko Smith, Michael Sims, and Anthony Phipps.

While the event saw a significant reduction in associated visitor arrivals, expanded live TV coverage and a larger field of top-tier players generated a 300 percent increase in media exposure. What amounted to $3.5 million in tangible media value in 2019, grew to $12.8 million in 2020. Meantime, the number of visitors attending the event dropped sharply to 374 in contrast to the 2019 event which attracted more than 2,000 visitors. Total spectator numbers fell from 10,660 in 2019 to 3,800 in 2020, partly due to strict social distancing protocols in force.

Last fall, the Bermuda Tourism Authority pivoted to sports to lead its tourism recovery efforts. In October and November, Bermuda Championship was one of three professional sports tourism events to take place safely and responsibly across the island despite the pandemic. The live televised competition from Port Royal Golf Course was the first PGA TOUR event to allow in-person spectators since the onset of the pandemic and turned out to be a big generator of media exposure including 50 hours of Golf Channel Coverage, an 86 percent increase over the previous year.

“U.S. television viewership, hours of live broadcast coverage, and social media engagement were all up sharply year-over-year,” said Hazel Clark, director of sports business development at the BTA. “Our team talked to some consumers who booked trips and arrived in the destination just weeks after the tournament because they were impressed with the coverage and Bermuda’s stellar pandemic management record.”

The KPMG report highlighted total media exposure valued at $15.6 million, according to Nielsen. Overall, there were 430 hours of global live TV coverage in 2020. U.S. viewership for the Bermuda Championship increased 64% compared to 2019 figures, with viewers indicating longer viewing time. Engagement on social media grew with 1.3 million weekly social engagements compared with 266,000 the year before. A simultaneous professional golf event in China, canceled due to COVID-19, paved the way for the Port Royal event to reach a wider audience and meant that more players were available to compete in Bermuda.

Volunteerism, local charity donations, and youth golf were among the legacy beneficiaries that emerged from the Championship, taking in $150,000 in contributions from the PGA TOUR through the BF&M Volunteer Programme. Tournament Director, Sean Sovacool said, “Volunteers were a driving force behind the success of the 2020 Bermuda Championship event, and we were overwhelmed by the support of the community.”

Other highlights of the KPMG study included:

• 132 players competed in the event
• 359 caddies, crews, media, sponsors, etc.
• 374 visitors attended the Bermuda Championship.
• 3,426 local spectators attended the event.
• 1,100 Covid-19 tests were performed to ensure safety; no positive results.
• A total of 556 volunteers worked to make the Championship a success.
• 26 international and Bermuda-based companies signed on as event sponsors.
• TV, radio, digital and social channel distributed the event to 211 countries & territories with 14 million cross-platform engagements measured.
Thursday, April 08, 2021
Augustus Concludes Competing on APGA Tour in Florida

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Daniel Augustus concluded competing on the APGA Moonlight Golf Tour at the Champions Gate International Golf Course.

Augustus would shoot a Second Round 4-over par and came off the course T20th. Augustus would finish with a combined score of 149.

Kyler Tate the First Round leader after his round of 6-under par 65, shot a Second Round 2-under 69, to finish with a combined score of 134 to claim the victory.
Wednesday, April 07, 2021
Augustus Begins Competing on APGA Tour

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Daniel Augustus took to the APGA Moonlight Golf Tour at the Champions Gate International Golf Course.

After his First Round 3-over par 74, Augustus came off the course in 21st place.

Kyler Tate is the First Round leader after his round of 6-under par 65.
Sunday, April 04, 2021
Smith Competes on Moonlight Tour Again

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Camiko Smith was back on the golf course in Florida recently to compete on the Moonlight Tour.

Playing on the West Orange Country Club Golf Course, Smith finished T24th after shooting a round of 3-over par 74.

Tommy Cocha from Argentina and Chris Couch from Florida both shot 5-under par 66’s to finish on top of the leaderboard.
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