Kelly Gang Shootout
Battle it out in Bushranger country with three of your mates (or fellow scoundrels!)
One of our longest-running Open events, the Kelly Gang Shootout is part of our Bushranger Golf series, and features loads of fun, camaraderie, adventure, glory, trophies & prizes, played in traditional Bushranger Country.
Played on some spectacular Murray River golf courses, this four-person team event is played over 36 holes of Ambrose, with a 2-person Ambrose on Day 1 and 4-person on Day 2. Golfers enjoy a personally-hosted and professionally-managed competition, on-course accommodation for two nights, plus our unique blend of fun, frivolity and excitement.
UPCOMING KELLY GANG SHOOTOUT:
Battle for Bushranger Glory on the Murray. Play 36 holes of spectacular golf, enjoy quality accommodation, win plenty of prizes and have a heap of fun!
About The Kelly Gang Shootout
Here's everything you need to know about this 36-hole, weekend golfing adventure:
- The Kelly Gang Shootout is a 36-hole siege for teams of four playing two & four-ball ambrose.
- Each team will be assigned a handicap by the organisers on the basis of official Australian handicaps and information supplied by the Bushrangers. The handicapper will be governed by a commitment to rewarding good play according to a player’s ability.
- Nearest-the-Pin & Longest Drive: will be held as some usual tasty ‘side action’ between teams.
- Teams play their chosen best ball on each shot and may place their ball half a club length (about 50cms) from where the chosen ball lay, no nearer the hole. Balls must be placed in the same cut as the chosen ball. In the interests of fast play from tee to green, teams are NOT required to mark with a tee and precisely measure from the chosen ball as they play each shot. Team members can play in any order on a shot.
- Putting: Once on the green, Bushrangers should mark near the chosen best ball so all team members play from near enough to the exact same position.
- The event features a Rodeo Rule, which requires a minimum number of drives for each team member. Each team’s rodeo requirements will appear on their scorecard.
- In the event of a tie, a sudden-death playoff will be conducted. Teams play together as a foursome (taking alternate strokes playing one ball). Each team can determine the order as each member takes their first shot. This order is then continuous and carries over from one hole to the next until the playoff is decided.
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|The Euroa Removalists
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History of the Kelly Gang Shootout
The Kelly Gang Shootout was originally conceived as a one-day "warm-up" event played prior to The Bushranger Cup (an invite-only event) where the teams could get together for a round of 4-ball ambrose and a day of fun. It earned its name because it was teams of four squaring-off and shooting it out to the bitter end, just like the Kelly Gang at their infamous last stand in Glenrowan. The KGS was the first official "Bushranger Golf Series" event and the format was intended to encourage teams of mates to get together and have a barrel of fun playing some great golf courses and shooting crazy low scores.
At the inaugural KGS in 2006, by a quirk of the odd numbers competing, a team of three scoundrels took out the title. In 2007, a small turnout prompted a change to teams playing two-ball ambrose, so a pair took home the title.
For the third staging of the event in 2008, the KGS underwent a dramatic change to transform it into a Major Championship on the SGA/Bushranger Golf Tour, which included the Bushranger Cup and the William Buckley Classic.
With the William Buckley Classic played in the south, the obvious move was to create an event played every year on the wonderful courses along the Murray River. Since team events mean more fun for mates and they mean more glory shared among more contestants, the decision was taken to create an event played between teams of four players. Being gangs of four playing on the Murray, the obvious move was to transform the KGS from a 18 hole one-day event into a 36-hole weekend bonanza of golfing fun. As the Murray has beautiful winter weather and the Kelly siege in Glenrowan was in the last week of June 1880, the plan emerged to stage the KGS in July each year.