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Saturday, May 25, 2024
Bermuda Crash PGA Golfer Dies at the Age of 30
Grayson Murray, a two-time PGA Tour winner, has passed away at the age of 30. PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan confirmed his death on Saturday, leaving the golf community in shock and mourning. Details about the cause of his death have not been disclosed, but Murray's candidness about his struggles with alcoholism and mental health has been well-documented.

Murray's promising career was marred by a serious scooter crash in Bermuda in 2022. While en route to their hotel, Murray and his caddie, Doug Schwimer, collided head-on with a car. The accident left Murray unconscious and resulted in severe injuries, requiring 50 stitches, 25 of which were on his face. Despite wearing a helmet, which Murray credited with saving his life, the incident forced him to withdraw from the tournament due to significant trauma.

Reflecting on the accident, Murray expressed gratitude for his helmet in a statement to Golfweek, acknowledging that it likely prevented a worse outcome. Despite being sober at the time, the crash was a stark reminder of the physical and mental challenges he faced throughout his career.

Murray's journey in professional golf was one of resilience and determination. Known for his forthrightness about his battles with alcoholism and mental health issues, he managed to achieve notable victories, including the 2017 Barbasol Championship and the 2024 Sony Open in Hawaii. His ability to triumph in the face of adversity made him a respected figure among his peers and fans.

The news of Murray's passing has left a profound impact on the golf community. Commissioner Monahan expressed his deep sorrow, stating, "I am at a loss for words. The PGA Tour is a family, and when you lose a member of your family, you are never the same. We mourn Grayson and pray for comfort for his loved ones." In response to the tragedy, grief counselors have been made available at PGA Tour and Korn Ferry Tour events to support those affected.

The scooter accident in Bermuda was a pivotal moment in Murray's life. The 29-year-old golfer was in Bermuda for the Butterfield Bermuda Championship when the crash occurred. Both Murray and Schwimer were riding separate scooters when they collided with a car, resulting in serious injuries. Murray's unconscious state and subsequent hospitalization underscored the severity of the accident.

Despite the physical and emotional toll of his injuries, Murray's spirit remained unbroken. He shared updates on his recovery through social media, expressing gratitude for the support he received from the PGA Tour staff, players, caddies, and fans. His determination to return to the sport he loved was evident, even as he faced significant challenges.

Grayson Murray's life and career were marked by both remarkable achievements and profound struggles. His untimely death is a poignant reminder of the complexities of mental health and the enduring impact of personal battles. As the golf community mourns the loss of a talented and courageous athlete, Murray's legacy will be remembered for his honesty, resilience, and the indomitable spirit he brought to the game.
Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Augustus & Jones Conclude APGA Tour Event

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Daniel Augustus and Nicholas Jones concluded competing at the APGA Tour event at Deere Run Golf Course in Florida.

Augustus shot a second round Even Par 71 to finish T38th at 11-over par, while Jones shot a second round 9-over par 80 to finish T44th.

Augustus in his second round carded 4 Birdies, 10 Pars, and 4 Bogeys, while Jones had 1 Birdie, 11 Pars, 2 Bogey’s, 3 Double Bogey’s, and 1 Triple Bogey.
Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Jones T31st on APGA Tour

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Nicholas Jones began competing on the APGA Tour at Deere Run Golf Course in Florida.

Jones shot an opening round 4-over par 75 to end the day T31st.

Jones shot 2 Birdies, 12 Pars, 2 Bogey’s, 1 Double Bogey, and 1 Triple Bogey.
Saturday, May 04, 2024
2024 Brian Morris

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The 2024 Brian Morris "One Love" Tournament which was a Friends of Hospice Fundraiser saw 20 teams compete at the Ocean View Golf Course

The foursome of 1 Andrew Trott-Francis, Roger Brangman, Damien Palanyandi, and George O'Brien Jr. had a score of 17-under par to win by one stroke ahead of Clint Graham, Garrett Lowe, Adam Perry, and Christopher Smith.

Four teams all finished at 13-under par, with Malcolm Gosling Jr., Ambrose Gosling, Joshua Cabrera, and John Burcher where declared third.

2024 Brian Morris "One Love" Tournament

53 Andrew Trott-Francis / Roger Brangman / Damien Palanyandi / George O'Brien Jr.
54 Clint Graham / Garrett Lowe / Adam Perry / Christopher Smith
57 Malcolm Gosling Jr. / Ambrose Gosling / Joshua Cabrera / John Burcher
57 VJ Minors / Ebonie Cox / Mackih McGowan / Marcelos Thomas
57 Viv Redford / Iain Redford / Philip Hagen / Donald Folkard
57 Delyone Borden / Samuel Robinson / Sa-Qui Robinson / Calvin Richardson
58 OJ Pitcher / Garry Burgess / Jonathan James / Ann Symonds
59 Blip Morris / Tinty Ming / Damon Mussenden / Darrin Lewis
59 Luis Martins / Roman Romeo / Brian Morris Jr. / Nick "Sporty" Jones
60 Darriek Douglas / Kavon Trott / Donovan Livingston / Eugene Smith
60 Kenny Leseur Jr. / Leroy Burch / Haakon Ayelsen / Torben Axelson
60 Tom McMahon / Alan Cossar / James O'Shaughnessy / Nicholas Dove
61 Brian Adcock / Trevor Gillis / Wayne Correia / Stephen Smith
62 Earlston Wolffe / David Patterson / Aaron James / Mark Crawford
63 Naeem Alom / Simon Kimbereley / Elizabeth Duncan / Alex Kirkby
63 Malcolm Gosling / Nancy Gosling / Justin Madeiros / Clarence Hofheins
65 Michael Froleich / Ian Lowe / Justin Keith / Emma Foxley
66 Chris Smith / Gary Perry / John Rego / Firestick
NC Veronica DeCosta / Sarah Morgan / Reed Gaglio / David Roache
NS Jason Peniston / Aaron Maderios / Lenard Rayner / Shannon Rayner
Tuesday, April 30, 2024
BGA Launch Operation 36 Program at Port Royal
The Bermuda Golf Association (BGA), the National Sport Governing Body for golf, and the Bermuda Golf Foundation (Charity #141) are delighted to announce the launch of the Operation 36 program at Port Royal Golf Course, marking a significant milestone in the BGA’s initiative to expand golf access across Bermuda. This announcement follows the successful implementation of the BGA Junior Program at Ocean View and various Operation 36 programs of offer at The Turtle Hill Golf Club.

Port Royal Golf Course, a Championship public golf course, becomes the third facility in Bermuda to implement the Operation 36 framework, which is designed to foster golfing skills in a structured environment for beginners.

The program at Port Royal began on Thursday, April 25, 2024, and will run for ten weeks, the initial program will be welcoming boys and girls aged 7 to 13. The Port Royal teaching team BPGA Vice-President and Port Royal Assitant Golf Professional, Steven Lambert, along with BPGA member and Assistant Golf Professional, Andrew Trott-Francis, will lead the sessions.

Craig Brown, President of the Bermuda Golf Association, stated, "We are thrilled to see the Port Royal team launch their Operation 36 program. The BGA Operation 36 Pilot Program has been a resounding success with over 100 children accessing the game of golf in the past 12 months. The Operation 36 pilot program has been well received in Bermuda. It has been made possible with funding support received from the Government of Bermuda and The Butterfield Bermuda Championship. The expansion of the program is a testament to the hard work of BGA Golf Development Officer, Ebonie Cox, and all the teams at each facility involved."

Lambert added, "Our team at Port Royal is excited to be a part of the BGA Pilot Program and offer Operation 36 to ll beginners and juniors. We see this program as a key part of providing access and growing the game for those who wish to learn golf in a fun, social environment." Trott-Francis went on to say, “I am extremely excited to introduce a prestigious program such as Op36 to the golfing community at Port Royal. With dedication and determination, we'll stride towards excellence, one swing at a time. I invite anybody who is curious about golf to get involved with one of the Op36 at any of the hosting golf courses.”

Chairman of The Board of Trustees of The Golf Courses, Kim Swan said, “We are pleased that the Teaching Golf Professionals at Port Royal are collaborating with the Bermuda Golf Association to support the Operation 36 Outreach Golf Program. We’ve seen how this initiative grows the game which provides a great opportunity in Bermuda amongst our diverse sports-loving communities.”
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