BLACKWELL WINS OUR PRO-AM
QUEENSLANDER Richard Blackwell outlasted a log-jammed leaderboard on Sunday to win the 2017 City of Greater Bendigo Heathcote Legends Pro-Am.
Blackwell, a winner on the 2016 seniors tour in Japan, carded a five under 66 to take the lion’s share of the $11,000 prize money.
He finished one shot ahead of David Hando from NSW and two clear of pre-match favourites Mike Harwood and Steve Conran.
Big gun Rodger Davis failed to really threaten the leaders finishing tied for ninth four shots adrift.
Davis had putting problems throughout the 18-hole tournament which never let him build any momentum.
Heathcote professional Bryan Wearne said while a few players had problems with their game none of the 145 who teed off in two divisions could have complained the course gave them any trouble.
“It was a perfect day for golf – warm and no wind and fairways and greens as good as I have ever seen them here,” Wearne said.
“The pros – morning and afternoon groups – were very complimentary about the course after they finished,” he said.
Second-placed Hando, who also won a handful of titles during 2016, agreed the course was as good as he had ever seen it.
“The players all loved the location, and they loved the prizes which included a lot of the local wines,” Wearne added.
“Many of the local wineries came on board as sponsors and the players lucky enough to land some of their product went away very happy,” he said.
“We also had a much bigger gallery than previous years, with many more people than I expected coming out to see how the big boys do it and what the Legends tour is all about.’’
Wearne said the day would not have been as smooth and successful without the volunteers, who worked from catering to caddies.”