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HobartMGA - Hardaker takes Bastards win to career mrand slam

Ben Hardaker has won the 2018 HobartMGA Bastards to complete a career mrand slam. A guaranteed top-2 finisher at North West Bay GC, Hardaker played perfectly mediocre game in the increasingly competitive Hobart chapter to become the seventh winner in our seven years of the handing out blue trucker caps.



Margate, TAS, AU – Medios may try and play it cool, saying there’s no difference between tournaments, but the results tell a different story. The two biggest tournaments on the calendar, the Bastards and FU Open have never had repeat winners, and Ben Hardaker ensured that continued here. Hobart’s most decorated medio, back carrying penalty shots after a year off adding shots, won his first Bastards. In a close leaderboard, Hardaker had a near-perfect mediocre round of 91-off-the-stick 93 to win.

We’ve played North West Bay GC every year, and Hardaker has developed a liking for it over that time. Slowly working the course out over 2011 & 12 with 5th and 3rd placings in tournaments there, he’s exerted control since with now three wins and two second placings there in the last 5 years. His 2017 MGA second placing was the result of a playoff loss, and that one stung. So much so, Hardaker – who had only missed one event in his 50 MGA tournaments to that day – missed the three tournaments since to prepare for his return to the course this weekend. An efficient round with only three mirdies and his 91 being the highest gross score to win since his 2016 MGA at North West Bay GC, and only the third gross over 90 to win since we started getting good in 2013.


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The day started with Hobart MGA’s inaugural Bastards champions breakfast, with the four playing past champions enjoying some jam on bread, thermos coffee, and breakfast of champions for the champions breakfast – Weet Bix ­– though we forgot the milk.

Bruce Johnson was back and waving around his Key to the Red Tee won in his last tournament – the 2017 Last Gasp. The indignation Johnson.B felt after being told there was no carry over from season-to-season became determination. Johnson.B went out and shot 113 to show his red key worth and can now wave it around at next month’s FORE! Championship with meaning.

The day saw two debutants make their… debut.    Alex White came into the tournament with a he-obviously-couldn’t-work-the-website handicap of 50+. No one’s that bad – although he did have to borrow/take a wedge from brother Chris only one hole in when he realised he had a few gaps in the bag, other brother Sam had 151 in his only tournament back in 2011, and he mowed his first drive of the day out of bounds with a question of ‘can I just drop it up there?’. He straightened himself up after a couple of holes though and came in with 108 for 12th spot. Other newbie was Mark Derham, always dangerous someone like the last season’s CML champ (Rob Braithwaite) brings a mate. Had a reasonable round going on until a 15 mid-round fixed him up. Derham ended on 104 for 11th. Always great when the new guys come and fill out the money list, but aren’t too much of a challenge too early.

Bit of a cover-‘em-with-a-handkerchief midfield with the next six medios finishing within a shot of each other. Paul Johnson, Chris White, Stewart Coombes and Rob Braithwaite tied for 7th with 98 and a battle for Most Mediocre. Unlike the golden arches, not too coveted is the golden M. Johnson.P couldn’t let Bruce be the only twin to walk away with a prize, much to relief of the others. Stewart Coombes did manage Nearest the Pin… well… snuck on the front of the green with the pin on the back while no one else hit the green. The way any true medio wins it.

One shot up on 97 in T4th was Dean Lowe, Stuart Steele and Dave Burdon. Lowe did well to be there after a 4-putt on the first, and then a 5-putt(!!!) three holes later. Steele also got going after a slow start, returning to double figures exclusively 100s last year, with the help of a 7 shot melt-up. Not returning to form for David Burdon though – his was finding new form. Fourth spot meant a PB placing, and he didn’t even use the Red Key won at the Am-Am – though did continue his yo-yo form of sixth-Red Key-sixth-Red Key-Red Key-fourth. Crazy.

Coming onto the podium was another tie with Dale Potter and James Teirney with some 94s. Potter took out the Gross Award, but saved himself from a second consecutive DQ after following up his front 38 with a 46 around the back - meaning he also won the Meltdown but cost himself a rare chance at a win with tourney scores up. Teirney put one long and straight when required to win Long Drive.

Hardaker’s 93 got him the big cheque, and sent him to the top of the Chapter Money List for the year. The win was Hardaker’s 11th career tournament win, and gave him a career mrand slam with his past wins at the FU Open, The MGA (x2) and Bratish Open (x4). And 2012 Chapter Money List title. Can he win them all again this year for a real mrand slam?

Chapter prizes out again for handicapped scores and Alex White definitely had no idea what he was doing with his personal scores. A nett 53 meant CL Teirney intervened and gave him the worst prize on offer, and likely banned from these until he gets three tourney scores in. Following a bit behind was Stuart Steele with a 71 nett and Johnson.P on 72 taking it from D.Burdon on the having-the-worse-handicap tie break.

Couple of medios dropping penalty shots for next tourney with Potter in from 10 to 9, Braithwaite in 6 to 5 and Lowe moving back 4 to 3. Look out for them at the FU.

Event Results

1.Ben Hardaker93$1.02
2.Dale Potter94$0.63
2.James Teirney94$0.63
4.Dean Lowe97$0.46
4.stuart steele97$0.46
4.David Burdon97$0.46
7.Donald Trump98$0.26
7.Stewart Coombes98$0.26
7.Paul Johnson98$0.26
7.Rob Braithwaite98$0.26
11.Mark Derham104$0.11
12.Alex White108$0.06
13.Bruce Johnson113$0.05