Kelly Gang Shootout

Kelly Gang Shootout

Battle it out in Bushranger country with three of your mates (or fellow scoundrels!)

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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:

Rich River Clubhouse

2022 Kelly Gang Shootout

Murray River. July 16-17, 2022
Battle for Bushranger Glory at the Rich River Golf Club. Play 36 holes of high-quality golf, enjoy spectacular on-course accommodation, win plenty of prizes and have a heap of fun!

RECENT RESULTS

Benalla Burglars bag the 2021 Kelly Gang Shootout

Our golfers made a gaolbreak from the July Covid-19 lockdown to battle for glory in The 2021 Kelly Gang Shootout. Results and photos here.
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About The Kelly Gang Shootout

Here's everything you need to know about this 36-hole, weekend golfing adventure:

Event Format

  • 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.

Rules:

  • 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.

Playoffs:

  • 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.
  • Nearest-the-Pin & Longest Drive: will be held as some usual tasty ‘side action’ between teams.

Day 1 (The Advance)

Optional Warm-up

Get your weekend started early, (and scout the upcoming field of battle) with an optional warm-up round. We arrange tee-times at a local course, and hold an individual Stableford event, complete with prizes for the day

Day 2 (The Ambush)

Two-person Ambrose

The four-person teams are split into pairs (to secretly circle and ambush their enemies), playing Two-Ball Ambrose. A rodeo rule is applied (minimum number of drives). Each pair's score is recorded, thus giving the team two 18-hole scores. 

Day 3 (The Assault)

Four-person Ambrose

Just like the original Kelly Gang, all four team members battle together (side-by-side-by-side-by-side!) in an all-out assault, playing four-person team Ambrose, with a Rodeo rule applied. The Day's score is added to Saturday's two pairs' scores to create a three-round total.

Criminal Record

Year

Team

Champions

2021 Benalla Burglars Matt Thomas Brendan Davis Ashley Davis Nick Randone
2020 Benalla Burglars Aileen Armour Lisa Saunders Dean Connell Darren Hansen
2019 Benalla Burglars Mick Brown Mandy Brown Karen Dalton Richard Dalton
2018 Benalla Burglars Mark Henderson Leon Doyle Wayne Ball Shane Lawlor
2017 Jerilderie Gents Nick Randone Brendan Davis Tim Likos Ashley Davis
2016 Mansfield Wombats Nick Sutherland Lee Dodge Adrian Smithwick Scott Kidman
2015 Greta Mob Joel Matthews Craig Spackman Tony Williamson Roger Templer
2014 Benalla Burglars Mark Henderson Mick McCombe Tom Tomlin Shane Lawlor
2013 Glenrowan Hacks Jeremy Dray John Smith Andrew Berry Matthew Thomas
2012 Glenrowan Hacks Jeremy Dray John Smith Andrew Berry Matthew Thomas
2011 Benalla Burglars Dave Amos Wade Jones Dave Regenspurger Matthew Thomas
2010 Beechworth Boys Ian Crotty Mick Van Raay Rob Lugton Matthew Thomas
2009 Beechworth Boys Roger Brown Gavan Doran Neil Hocking Paul Lambe
2008 Beechworth Boys Brian Davis Shane Morris Dave Regenspurger Matthew Thomas
2007 Glenrowan Hacks Roger Brown Michael David
2006 Frosty Beverages Richard Fellner Sam Saltis Campbell Wilson

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.

Notable notes

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.

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