Team Canada’s Hugo Bernard wins Florida four ball eventWritten by Austin Stanton / Golf Canada
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – Team Canada’s Hugo Bernard and teammate Mike Weeks turned in a 5-under par 67, on Sunday to claim victory at the Palm Beach County Four Ball at Bear Lakes Country Club Lakes Course.
Trailing by two strokes heading into the final round, Bernard and Weeks had a strong front-nine, posting a bogey free, 4-under par 32.
Three more birdies and two bogeys on the back-nine put Bernard and Weeks at 16-under for the championship and two strokes clear of 36-hole leaders Josh Powers and Ryan Howison.
The victory marked a continuation of a string of strong play for Bernard who finished tied for seventh at the South American Amateur in January.
Bernard, a native of Mont-St-Hilaire, QC recently transferred from Saint-Leo University (Division II NCAA) to the University of Montreal Carabins.
At Saint-Leo, Bernard was named the NCAA Division II Freshman of the year, and a first team All-American thanks to seven top-5 finishes. His strong play wasn’t limited to NCAA competition, as he won the 2016 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship.
A three-year veteran of Team Canada, Bernard believes transferring to the Carabins will give him a more flexible schedule and allow him to play more top-tier amateur events with Team Canada.
His goal for the 2017 season is to move into the top-30 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR). Prior to his victory this weekend Bernard was slotted at 130.