David Ferreira Earns Qualifying Positions In US

August 21, 2019 | 1 Comment

Bermudian golfer David Ferreira recently earned medalist honours in a U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifier at Indian Valley Country Club in Pennsylvania.

The report in Gap Golf said, “A proven champion and an unproven newcomer shared medalist honors in a U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifier administered by GAP Monday at a steamy Indian Valley Country Club [par 72, 6,769 yards].

“Whitemarsh Valley Country Club’s Will Davenport, who captured the GAP Middle-Amateur earlier this year, and Merion Golf Club’s David Ferreira, whose round total for 2019 sits in the single digits, carded respective 5-under-par 67s to top the leaderboard and thus grab two of five qualifying positions available.

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David Ferreira Bermuda Aug 2019

“Playing in the afternoon, Ferreira matched Davenport’s mark thanks to a fist-pumping chip-in birdie on No. 18 [par 4, 387 yards].

“I had to shape a 9-iron [from 146 yards uphill] in there [for my approach]. It was one of those lies where you had to keep the clubhead moving through the ball,” Ferreira, 37, of Haverford, Pa., said. “I was having a great day. I knew that I was right there. I just wanted to be aggressive. Sometimes you just get lucky. That one went right in the heart, which is awesome.”

“Luck also intervened on No. 9 [par 4, 367 yards], where Ferreira’s tee shot ricocheted off a tree and into the fairway. He then knocked a 9-iron 156 yards to 12 feet for birdie.

“I thought from No. 9, things were kind of going my way. I just needed to hang on through the back nine,” Ferreira said.

“That he did. Back-to-back birdies on Nos. 14 [par 4, 377 yards] and 15 [par 5, 551 yards] separated Ferreira: a wedge 135 yards to 15 feet on the former, an up-and-in on the latter.

“The greens were great today. They rolled true,” Ferreira, a partner at a hedge fund in Chadds Ford, Pa., said. “If you hit your lines, you were in good shape. I hit my lines. I have no clue about any stats. I was taking it one shot at a time.

“I was pretty loose. I was just coming out here having fun. I holed a bunch of putts thanks to my caddie, Des Atkinson. He made sure I got over the line.”

“Ferreira, a Bermuda native, moved to the Philadelphia area nine years ago for the sake of matrimony. He grew up ‘playing regional tournaments against Justin Rose, and I would lose all of the time.’ Golf is limited these days — professional and personal [three kids under the age of 6] obligations. But now a national event awaits.

“I’m going to show up, apologize to my wife profusely and have a ton of fun. Zero expectations,” Ferreira said. “I’m thrilled that I put up a great round of golf today. I’m going to really enjoy my first USGA experience.”

You can read the full story here on the Gap Golf website.

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  1. Mary Olfano says:

    Congratulaions David! all our Prayers and best wishes for you and your Family! It is so nice to share this wonderful news!

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