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Blackman & Hart are Australian Champions

Last weekend saw the 31st annual Bruce Ware Australian 2 Man Ambrose Championships, at the Harden Country Club Golf Course. The event which celebrated post-CoVID our 30th year of conducting the event due to a reduced running last year, was proudly brought to us by long term partner the Harden-Murrumburrah Bendigo Bank. Around 160 players from Sydney through to Batemans Bay, Grenfell, local, regional and beyond faced the starter each day.

In a nail-biting finish and more nerve jangling play-off, part Champions John Blackman and Joel Hart of Cootamundra proved a hair too good for locals Scott Fogg and Jamie Kemp with a birdie on the second play-off hole. Both pairs had finished the2 rounds of regular play at 18 under par through 36 holes. Remarkable golf where both pairs birdied every 2nd hole on average in the Saturday and Sunday rounds before resulting in the play-off.

John Blackman in his Champions speech was very thankful of the sponsors, the Club and its Staff, the volunteers and all associated with the event. John stated it was most likely his favourite event each year and that he and Joel look forward to competing each year. He was impressed at the course, the organisation around CoVID and over the weekend, by all involved.

Unlucky runner-ups Scott & Jamie will rue this as the one that got away. Their near record first round score of 13 under par had set them up for a Day 2 stampede yet the magic that saw them putt the lights out on Saturday, birdy’ing every hole on the back 9 Saturday, eluded their grasp on Sunday only to roll into the play-off and be edged out.

Our generous sponsors put forward a record prize sponsorship purse and even footed the unbelievable hole in one prize of a new vehicle on Hole 18 both days. The latter did not go off with the nearest being local Michael Baldry at about 6 foot. Harden Country Club and the event Organising Committee are most thankful for the generosity of the Harden-Murrumburrah Bendigo Bank and the Murrimboolah Finance Services Board behind this successful Branch. Truly local and a Bank that genuinely gives back to. It’s Community. Our thanks are extended and we trust the relationship continues into next year and beyond.

The Results

Open Champions 36 Hole Gross - John Blackman/Joel Hart
Runner Ups 36 Hole Gross - Scott Fogg/Jamie Kemp

B Grade 36 Hole Gross - Harry Sachs/Simon Glover
Runner Ups B. Grade 36 Hole Gross - Ashley Hall / Craig Henman

A Grade Nett 36 Holes - Anthony Dean/Simon Lienesch
A Grade Nett 36 Hole R/Up - Greg Wurth / Stephen Campbell

B Grade Nett 36 Holes - Adam Menz/Joel Blundell
B Grade Nett 36 Holes R/Up - Mark Parker/Tom Poole

A Grade Day 1 Gross - Ben Glover/Jarrad Porter
B Grade Day 1 Gross - Matt Peisley/John Brownhill

A Grade Day 1 Nett - Justin Smith/Bob Beath
B Grade Day 1 Nett - Tim Burns/Turi Hides

A Grade Day 2 Gross - Nicholas Cochrane/John Glasheen
B Grade Day 2 Gross - Nathan Schofield/Scott Henman

A Grade Day 2 Nett - Doug Caldwell/Jason Stevens-Jones
B Grade Day 2 Nett - Michael Psaila/Brodie Wilson

Veterans 36 Hole Gross Champions - Darrell Shepherd/Stuart Mackell

Round 1 NTP Hole 5 - Jarrad Porter
Round 1 NTP Hole 10 - Mark Sheridan
Round 1 NTP Hole 18 - Lachie Deep
Round 1 Long Drive 4th A - Brent Bates
Round 1 Long Drive 4th B - Chad Lavington

Round 2 NTP Hole 5 - Chris Halls
Round 2 NTP Hole 10 - Simon Lienesch
Round 2 NTP Hole 18 - Michael Baldry
Round 2 Long Drive 4th A - Nicholas Cochrane
Round 2 Long Drive 4th B - Alex Cheffers

Players were reminded by the Club to get in early in late June 2022 when entries open for the 32nd edition of the Australian 2 Man Ambrose returning to its normal mid September scheduled date.

This Weekend

Ambrose continues this weekend in the 4 person format for our very popular Bray Water Invitational Day, hosted by Golf Course irrigation specialists Bray Water. Entries are available,e through Golf Genius, clicking the link at Harden Country Club events on facebook, or through the Country Club web site

Get your mates (handicaps not essential, get booked in and come and enjoy the fun. The course is in special November fettle thanks to our hard working greens staff and then hospitality will once again be on overload. A highly recommended day out like 4 person Ambrose’s should be.

Enjoy your round


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