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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.”

Ken Oung.

Peter Wood­ward.

Justin Ryan.

Rodger Davis.

Ossie Moore.

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