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Harry Bate­man claimed his maiden vic­tory on the Charles Tour by a mam­moth eight-shot mar­gin at the Jones Jones Steel Hare­wood Open in Oc­to­ber. Chantelle Cas­sidy also had an equally stress-free time in the women's field to win her third ti­tle in Christchurch by an im­pres­sive seven shots.

Bate­man has al­ready had three run­ner-up fin­ishes on the tour and with rounds of 69, 65, 70 and 69, he wasn't go­ing to al­low this vic­tory to slip away in the wet con­di­tions. His joy was clear af­ter lift­ing the John Jones Steel Hare­wood Open tro­phy with fam­ily and friends by his side.

“It feels awe­some, I'm re­ally rapt af­ter three sec­ond place fin­ishes so it's nice to get the monkey off the back,” said Bate­man.

“I feel like I have been good enough to win one of these for at least two years now but it just hasn't hap­pened, so to fi­nally get it done and with the lead I had was great.”

As vic­tory be­came ever clearer, Bate­man's game started to lift with a chip in birdie of the 12thspark­ing his back nine where he then birdied the 13th and 16th to en­joy his walk home.

In sec­ond equal was the im­pres­sive lead­ing am­a­teur James An­stiss and Vic­tor Janin who both carded the low­est round of the day, 68.

This is also her fifth vic­tory on the Jen­nian Homes Charles Tour (3x Hare­wood Open, Muri­wai Open and Lawn­mas­ter Clas­sic).

“It feels re­ally awe­some to get back into the zone and claim an­other Hare­wood Open af­ter com­ing sec­ond last year,” said Cas­sidy.

The idea of turn­ing pro­fes­sional is be­com­ing more of a re­al­ity with an ex­cit­ing end to the year ahead.

“I've got Q-School for the Euro­pean Tour, so I fly out in early De­cem­ber to Morocco.”

“I think it's time to hop out of am­a­teur golf and see what's out there. I'm look­ing for­ward to the next step in golf and to see if I can crack it and see what hap­pens from there.”

Can­ter­bury's own Amelia Gar­vey fin­ished in a com­fort­able sec­ond place, but was un­able to make a dent in Cas­sidy's lead.

Chantelle Cas­sidy.

Harry Bate­man.

Charles Tour Hare­wood 2017 Win­ners with Sir Bob Charles.

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