The KENO Let’s Play Ambrose State Final was has been run and won at Bonville Golf Resort or 2022.
42 teams gathered for this years event, with golfers from as far south as Pambula Merimbula, north from Yamba and as far west as Warren.
Teams had to win their way through from a club qualifying event, to progress through to one of 14 Regional finals held across NSW before winning their way through to the State Final.
The State Final is played over two rounds of 2 person Ambrose, with a points based system awarded to where you placed each day (eg 1st -1 point, 2nd – 2 points and so on). The team with the lowest amount of points is then crowned the State Final Winners
The Partnership between Major Sponsors and Golf NSW has now clicked over 20 years and Terry Fowler from KENO looks forward to supporting the event for many more years.
There were some teams going very low on the first day, with the best in the Men’s Category Rohan Bradley and John Blackman from Cootamundra shooting and impressive 57 nett, followed closely by the pair from Mudgee, Josh Knott and Mark Kirkland who had -11 (61) to sit three shots behind on 60 nett.
In the Women’s Category, the Yowani pair of Vicki Cronan and Erin Griffin set the early pace with a nice score of 66 nett to lead only by a margin of 0.5 over Cath Stolz and Katie Hudson from Shelly Beach.
The Mixed pairing of Toni & Shaun Morse from Mudgee put on a show with a brilliant 60.5 nett, but hot on their heels were Brad and Natasha Noakes from Coonabarabran.
Ryde-Parramatta pair, Blake Hudson and Russell Dunn, sitting on four points after day one, found the conditions more to their liking on day two, producing an impressive 60.5 nett for a combined for a total of five points. This was just enough to clinch the victory from overnight leaders and playing partners Cockshutt and McConnell from Port Macquarie by two points
“What a beautiful golf course, what a great event and thank you to Golf NSW and KENO for putting together such a great event. I can’t wait to get the chance to come back again soon,“ the pair commented after the victory presentation.
It was the same scenario in the women’s category, where Suanne McAllister and Claire Angus came from a few points behind to overhaul the overnight leaders. The Roseville pair combined for a fine score of 65.25 to finish in second place on day two to claim 2 points, enough for a combined total of 6 points, and the win.
Duntryleague’s Sally Kay and Jo Hunter, who topped the leaderboard on day two with an pretty good score of 64.5 nett, sadly fell one point short with their total of seven points combined.
“We are over the moon to have won today. We are so excited and had a great day with our playing partners who kept us on our toes and pushed us all day.,” McAllister and Angus said post round.
In the Mixed category, Adam and Fiona Tanner were surprised when announced as the winners as they didn’t think they had a chance.
“Fiona only picked up the game recently and I am proud of her and where she has come with her golf game..” Adam praised his wife
“A big thank you to the Bonville Team for their great service and hospitality.”
The KENO Let’s Play Ambrose begins again in January 2023, and clubs are encouraged to host a qualifying event for their members to play their way into next year’s State Final which will again return to Bonville Golf Resort.
Mixed Team Winners – Adam Tanner and Fiona Tanner (Young Golf Club) – 8 points
Runners Up – Patrick Cain and Sandra McCaw (Binnalong GC) – 11 points (cb)
Women’s Team Winners – Suanne McAllister and Claire Angus (Roseville Golf Club) – 6 points
Runners Up – Sally Kay and Jo Hunter (Duntryleague GC) – 7 points
Men’s Team – Winners Blake Hudson and Russell Dunn (Ryde Parramatta Golf Club) – 5 points
Runners Up – Todd Cockshutt and Craig McConnell (Port Macquarie GC) – 7 points
Results (Golf Genius) – https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/7728423875586865905