Harry Bateman has claimed his maiden victory on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour by a mammoth eight-shot margin at the John Jones Steel Harewood Open.
Chantelle Cassidy had an equally stress-free day in the women’s field to win her third title in Christchurch by an impressive seven shots.
Bateman, who has already had three runner-up finishes on the tour, compiled rounds of 69, 65, 70 and 69 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 clearer, Bateman’s game started to lift with a chip-in birdie at the 12th sparking his back nine where he then birdied the 13th and 16th to enjoy the walk home.
In equal second was the impressive leading amateur James Anstiss and Victor Janin, who both carded the lowest round of the day, 68.
Anstiss who made an eagle and four birdies today has returned to New Zealand for the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship on October 26.
The local engravers now have a very good relationship with Cassidy after she recorded her third Harewood Open title with a composed final round of one-under 71.
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 Amelia Garvey finished in second place, but was unable to make a dent in Cassidy’s lead.
The next stop on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour is the Ngamutu Classic next week.