Duntryleague’s James Conran is the 2018 Hahn Open Amateur Champion after returning scores of 65 and 71 for a 4 under par total of 136 to win by 4 strokes from Mudgee golfer Mark Hale. Conran produced a brilliant 9 holes of golf in blustery conditions during his first round on Saturday to set up his second victory of this prestigious golfing event. After negotiating a lack luster opening 9 holes of even Par 35, Conran turned up the dial and recorded 5 birdies on the back 9 to return an 18 hole score of 65 to be 5 under Par after day 1 and hold a 4 shot lead over Hale with a further shot back to perennial winner Robert Payne on 70.
Hale played well before Conran’s tee time on Sunday and returned a 1 over Par 71 to establish a target for Conran to beat. Conran knew what he had to do and was up to the task returning a steady round of 71 to complete a memorable win at 4 under par 136. This victory continues a hot streak of local tournament wins for Conran and comes at the back end of a strong performance at the recent NSW Open Championship. Defending Champion Payne completed another tidy tournament to finish in 3rd place at 1 over Par 141 and collected the consolation prize for being the winner of the Senior’s category held in conjunction.
Duntryleague golfers Hugh Johnston and Bob Lulham were the scratch winners in Division 2 and Division 3 respectively. Another Duntryleague player Tom McCardell returned consistent scores of 69-69 =138 nett to be the recipient of the George Stone Memorial Bowl. Dubbo’s Graeme Allen picked up the net prize for the Seniors Division with 71-69 =140.
All tournament participants praised the presentation and conditioning of the golf course prepared by the team of Fairways Course Management headed up by Grant Barrett and continues on the trend of Duntryleague being a highly regarded golfing venue in regional Australia.