Hand It To Hugo – Montreal Amateur Wins in Style

Hugo Bernard shot 66 in the third round of the World Amateur to lead Team Canada
They had to alter the prize slightly for amateur Hugo Bernard on the Minor League Golf Tour this week.  (Photo: Minor League Golf Tour)
They had to alter the prize slightly for amateur Hugo Bernard on the Minor League Golf Tour this week. (Photo: Minor League Golf Tour)

It’s said that one of the hardest things to do in golf is to follow a low round with another one.   That does not appear to be an issue for Montreal area (Mont Saint-Hilaire) amateur Hugo Bernard. He did just that at a Minor League Golf Tour event in Florida on April 21/22.

While pro Krister Eriksson of Sweden put on an a heady performance of his own and went -15 for the 36 holes to earn the $10,000 first prize for professionals, he was left in the dust by the champion.

Bernard, who is about to head to the University of Tennessee on a golf scholarship, opened with an incredible course record of 61 at Abacoa Golf Club and followed up with a 63.

The -20 total earned Bernard a pro shop gift certificate for $750, the USGA limit for amateurs.

Amazingly Bernard, now 20, had not even seen the golf course before his first round.  “I putted well and played smart,” said the former Golf Quebec Men’s Amateur Champion .“I just decided to play in a tournament on the way home,” he added. “I never made a bogey.”

 Though play was never delayed, the course was wet from overnight rains and lift-clean-and-place plating guidelines were in effect for both rounds, which usually leads to lower scores. “You still have to get the ball in the hole,” noted Abacoa head professional Rob Young. “That was quite a score.”

Bernard started the first round with six consecutive 3’s, turned in 29 and shot 32 on the inward nine. He eagled the par-5 second and sixth holes and finished with seven birdies. His second round also included two eagles, at No. 2 and at the par-4 11th when he drove the green. He made five birdies.

 Bernard said it was the first time he had played against professionals.

We’re guessing it won’t be his last.

Minor League Golf Tour

Abacoa GC, Jupiter, Fla.

7,200 yards, par 72

A-Hugo Bernard, Montreal, Quebec. $750            61-63—124

Krister Eriksson, Sweden, $10,000                        63-66—129

Robert Karlsson, Sweden, $3,500              64-66—130

Brad Adamonis, Cumberland, R.I., $2,100            64-67—131

Billy Hemstock, England, $1,800                            66-67—133

Max Buckley, Rye, N.Y., $1,350                              69-65—134

Jeff Hatten, Farmington, Conn., $1,350                 68-66—134

Brad Gehl, Carmel, Ind., $1,125                              67-68—135

Jon McLean, Weston, $912.50                               69-67—136

Jamie Sindelar, Horseheads, N.Y., $912.50         69-67—136

Matt Dubrowski, Bergenfield, N.J., $912.50          68-68—136

Matthew Jennings, Prairie City, Iowa, $912.50     68-68—136

Bo Hoag, Columbus, Ohio, $912.50                      66-70—136

Sunny Kim, Palm Beach Gardens, $912.50          65-71—136

Olin Browne Jr., Hobe Sound, $662.50                  70-67—137

Jimmy Hazen, Miller Place, N.Y., $662.50 69-68—137

Kevin Foley, Somerville, N.J., $380                        74-64—138

Dan McCarthy, Syracuse, N.Y., $380                     71-67—138

Zack Shriver, Marysville, Wash., $380                   71-67—138

Jordan Elsen, Kenosha, Wis., $380                       68-70—138

John Smith, Palm Beach Gardens, $380   68-70—138

Brandon Smith, West Palm Beach, $380  68-70—138

Alex Redfield, Powell, Ohio, $380                          68-70—138

Matt Ceravolo, Palm Beach Gardens, $380          67-71—138

Linus Gillgren, Sweden, $380                                 67-71—138

Matt Smith, Thompson, Conn., $157.50                 70-69—139

Chris DeJohn, Rocky Hill, Conn., $157.50 70-69—139

Ben Silverman, Thornhill, Ontario, $157.50           70-69—139

Sandro Piaget, Jupiter, $156.40                             70-69—139

            A-Amateur. Money listed awarded as gift certificate.