SAINT LEO, Fla. – Three days after placing 28th at the Dogwood Invitational in Atlanta, Ga., Saint Leo men's golfer Hugo Bernard won the Lord Alexander of Tunis men's golf championship on July 4 at the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club. Bernard took down the 2015 defending champion, Étienne Papineau (West Virginia University), by two strokes, 134 to 136.
Bernard, who shot a 282 (-6) at the Dogwood Invitational, opened his first round of the Lord Alexander of Tunis on July 3 with a 68 (-3). He shot a 37 (+1) on the front nine to start the tournament before finishing the round with a 31 (-4) to sit in a tie for first heading into the final round. Bernard saw himself tied with Robert Mustard at three-under-par, as both golfers were holding onto a one stroke advantage.
On Monday morning, Bernard started off his final round with a 37 on the front nine with two bogeys and one birdie to finish at one-over. Fighting his way back to the top of the leaderboard, Bernard finished the back nine in only 29 strokes as he sank six birdies to end the tournament. His 66 (-5) in the second round capped off his tournament record 134 (-8). Bernard not only won the 2016 Lord Alexander of Tunis by two strokes, but he set the record low for the tournament by two strokes; the previous record was set in 1979 at 136 by Robert Gauthier (Lord Alexander of Tunis past winners).
Over the span of two days, Bernard recorded 12 birdies and four bogeys. Bernard will now head on to the second leg of the Quebec Provincial Men's Golf "Triple Crown" on July 8 and 9 when he and the rest of the field competes at the Duke of Kent tournament at the Royal Quebec Golf Club.
The men's Triple Crown is composed of the Lord Alexander of Tunis, Duke of Kent and the men's Provincial Amateur Championship. The three best players on the Triple Crown's Order of Merit will form the provincial team representing Golf Quebec at the Canadian Men's Amateur Championship on August 8 to 11.
The first place win at the Lord Alexander of Tunis saw Bernard earn 4,000 points towards the Triple Crown's Order of Merit. Bernard is currently 21st in the men's standings and is first overall in the men's amateur team rankings.
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