Updated: June 18, 2022 07:51
Leading: Damian Palanyandi has won three of the four Moongate Tour series events (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Moongate Tour organizers have announced four new partnerships, including with the Butterfield Bermuda Championship.
The Local Development Golf Tour, aimed at providing more competitive opportunities for the island’s top professional and amateur players, has reached halfway through its inaugural season and is now garnering additional support from the business community.
“I am pleased to announce that the Moongate Tour will be partnering with Life & Annuity Services Ltd, Dunkley’s and Paradise Golf for the remainder of our 2022 season and beyond,” said Chaka DeSilva, Tour Co-Founder.
“We have always maintained that our first year was a proof of concept, so to be in a position where we are able to improve our infrastructure and further enhance the tournament experience for players through the support of our new business partners. It’s incredible.
“We want to create a championship-style feel at each of our events and this announcement puts us on the right track to achieve that.
“Our tour is focused on much more than just prize money, and we are incredibly proud of the improvements we are making to help raise the bar for competitive golf in Bermuda.
“We have been humbled by the response we have received from the golfing public since our first event in February, and this is another milestone on our journey.”
Jevon Roberts, Assistant Tournament Director of the Bermuda Championship, spoke about the importance of this new partnership.
“The Butterfield Bermuda Championship is delighted to partner with the Moongate Tour,” he said. “We strongly believe in helping to advance the level of golf in Bermuda and see the Moongate Tour as a great initiative to help Bermudian golfers gain more tournament experience locally.
“At the Championship, we want to continue to provide competitive environments for local players, preparing them for an opportunity on the big stage at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship.”
These sentiments of creating greater opportunities for local actors were echoed by Scott Barnett, managing director of Life & Annuity Services.
“As an avid golfer myself, I think it’s important to try to ensure that our best professionals and amateurs have the opportunity to compete against each other on a regular basis,” he said.
“I think it’s something that’s been missing for far too long and I’m happy to support the Moongate Tour in their efforts to build something special for the future.”
The Moongate Tour has three monthly medals remaining on its 2022 schedule, with the top 18 single-season Order of Merit finishers qualifying for the Tour Championship in September.
Entries are now being accepted for the next event in the series, which is scheduled for July 1 at Port Royal Golf Course.
Amateur Damian Palanyandi leads the overall standings with three wins out of four events, closely followed by Bermuda Professional Golfers’ Association member Nick Jones in second place. Rounding out the top five are veteran pro Dwayne Pearman and amateurs Jarryd Dillas and Will Haddrell.