Mark Mouland won’t forget his maiden voyage to the island of Bermuda anytime soon.
The 52-year-old native of South Wales battled a stiff field and stiffer island breezes to capture the 2014 Grey Goose World Par 3 Championship at the Turtle Hill Golf Club in Southampton, Bermuda.
A two-time European Tour winner, Mouland’s two-day total of 1-under par 107 (51-56) was one shot better than Michael Sims and Camiko Smith, both of Bermuda.
“It was survival out there today,” Mouland admitted after the round. “With the wind gusting you become indecisive on the tee. You don’t know if it’s (the wind) into you, right to left, left to right. You’ve got three different clubs in your hand and it’s really guess work.”
“Can you believe I haven’t made a putt over four-feet in the last two days?” Mouland said. “Today the only birdie I made was a chip-in and that was very lucky.”
With the victory, Mouland takes home $20,000 (USD), the largest first-place cheque in the championship’s five-year history.
European Tour winner Mark Mouland (born in 1961), the son of long time Glamorganshire Golf Club professional Sid Mouland (himself a six times Welsh champion), is probably the finest golfer ever to emerge from the Glamorganshire.
After becoming Welsh and British Boys Champion in 1976 (still the youngest ever winner at 15 years and 4 months), and BBC Wales junior sportsman of the year in 1977, Mark turned professional in 1981.