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The Kelly Gang Shootout

An open golf event that all golfers are welcome to enter - Contact Us to reserve your place.

The Kelly Gang Shootout was originally conceived as a one-day event to warm-up for The Bushranger Cup 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. It was the first official event staged by Bushranger Golf 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 the second year, a small turnout prompted a change to teams playing two-ball ambrose, so we had a pair take home the title. For the third staging of the event in 2008, the KGS underwent a dramatic change to transform it into the third Major Championship on the Bushranger Golf Tour. Due to the popularity of both The Bushranger Cup and the William Buckley Classic, the KGS was rescheduled and inserted as the second weekend event in the 2008 Bushranger Golf calendar.

With the WBC 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, similar to the Bushranger Cup. Being gangs of four playing on the Murray, the obvious move was to transform the KGS from a 18 hole one-day event into and 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.

Kelly Gang Shootout Champions

2016

The Mansfield Wombats

Nick Sutherland

Lee Dodge  Adrian Smithwick  Scott Kidman 

2015

The Greta Mob

Joel Matthews

Craig Spackman Tony Williamson Roger Templer

2014

The Benalla Burglars

Mark Henderson

Mick McCombe Tom Tomlin Shane Lawlor

2013

The Glenrowan Hacks

Jeremy Dray

John Smith

Andrew Berry

Matthew Thomas

2012

The Glenrowan Hacks

Jeremy Dray

John Smith

Andrew Berry

Matthew Thomas

2011

The Benalla Burglars

Dave Amos

Wade Jones

Dave Regenspurger

Matthew Thomas

2010

The Beechworth Boys

Ian Crotty

Mick Van Raay

Rob Lugton

Matthew Thomas

2009

The Beechworth Boys

Roger Brown

Gavan Doran

Neil Hocking

Paul Lambe

2008

The Beechworth Boys

Brian Davis

Shane Morris

Dave Regenspurger

Matthew Thomas

2007

The Glenrowan Hacks

Roger Brown

Michael David

 

  

2006

The Frosty Beverages

Richard Fellner

Sam Saltis

Campbell Wilson

  

The 2017 KGS Package

When: Saturday & Sunday July 1 & 2
Where: The Corowa Golf Club
What: A 36-hole siege of various fun formats
How: In luxury golf carts all the way
Who: Mates playing in teams of four
Why: For loads of fun, glory, trophies & prizes
How much: $350. Full payment is required five weeks prior.
Extras: A warm up game at noon on Friday June 30 ($35 pp & $20 pp for carts)
Features: The 2017 KGS package includes:

  • Two nights at the Corowa Golf Club Motel
  • Two continental breakfasts for the weekend
  • Two $15 meal vouchers at Corowa Golf Club
  • 36 holes of golf in carts on Saturday & Sunday
  • Your own copy of the Tournament Program
  • One Corowa GC drink voucher per person
  • Complimentary Bushranger accessories
  • Tournament entry fees, trophies and prizes

The 2016 KGS

When: Saturday & Sunday July 2 & 3, 2016
Where: The Rich River Golf Club
What: A 36-hole siege of various fun formats
How: In luxury golf carts all the way
Who: Mates playing in teams of four
Why: For loads of fun, glory, trophies & prizes
How much$380 per person
Payments: Required a month prior to the event to secure your entry.
Inclusions: The event package includes:

  • Two nights at the Rich River Golf Club Resort
  • Two cooked breakfasts & two $20 meal vouchers
  • 36 holes of golf in carts on Saturday & Sunday
  • Your own copy of the Tournament Program
  • Complimentary Bushranger accessories
  • Tournament entry fees, trophies and prizes

The 2015 KGS

When: Saturday & Sunday July 18 & 19
Where: The Tocumwal Golf Club
What: A 36-hole siege for teams of four playing two & four-ball ambrose 
How: In luxury golf carts all the way
Who: Mates playing in teams of four
Why: For loads of fun, camaraderie, adventure, glory, trophies & prizes
Entry: $375 pp and payment is required one month prior.
Bookings: Anyone can enter and payment is required one month prior
Contact: matt (at) bushrangergolf.com.au.
Extras: A warm up event from noon at Toke on Friday ($40 pp & $20 pp for carts)
Package: The 2015 KGS package includes:

  • Two nights quad-share at the Tocumwal Golf Resort
  • Two continental breakfasts & $40 of bistro meal vouchers
  • 36 holes of tournament golf in luxury carts on Saturday & Sunday
  • Your own copy of the Tournament Program
  • Complimentary Bushranger accessories
  • Tournament entry fees, trophies and prizes

The 2014 KGS

When: Saturday & Sunday July 26 & 27
Where: The Cobram Barooga Golf Club
What: A 36-hole siege of various fun formats
How: In luxury golf carts all the way
Who: Mates playing in teams of four
Why: For loads of fun, glory, trophies & prizes
How much: $360 pp & payment is required one month prior.
Bookings: matt (at) bushrangergolf.com.au.
Extras: A warm up game at noon on Friday July 26
More: Check out the 2014 KHS Preparations page.
Package: The 2014 KGS package includes:

  • Two nights at the Cobram Barooga Golf Club Motel
  • Two cooked breakfasts & two $15 meal vouchers
  • 36 holes of tournament golf in luxury carts on Saturday & Sunday
  • The package includes unlimited golf if you want to squeeze more in
  • An extra motel rooming for entertaining and games of chance
  • Your own copy of the Tournament Program
  • Complimentary Bushranger accessories
  • Tournament entry fees, trophies and prizes

The 2013 KGS

When: Saturday & Sunday July 27 & 28, 2013
Where: The Corowa Golf Club
What: A 36-hole siege of various fun formats
How: In luxury golf carts all the way
Who: Mates playing in teams of four
Why: For loads of fun, glory, trophies & prizes
How much: $310. Payment is required a month prior.
Extras: A warm up game at noon on Friday ($35 pp & $20 pp for carts)
Features: The event package includes:

  • Two nights at the Corowa Golf Club Motel
  • Two continental breakfasts for the weekend
  • Two $15 meal vouchers at Corowa Golf Club
  • A private KGS recreation and socialising room 
  • 36 holes of golf in carts on Saturday & Sunday
  • Your own copy of the Tournament Program
  • One drink voucher and one gaming voucher
  • Complimentary Bushranger accessories
  • Tournament entry fees, trophies and prizes

The 2012 KGS

When: Saturday & Sunday July 20 & 21, 2012
Where: The Rich River Golf Club
What: A 36-hole siege of various fun formats
How: In luxury golf carts all the way
Who: Mates playing in teams of four
Why: For loads of fun, glory, trophies & prizes
How much$355 for BRG members ($370 for non-members). Payment is required a month prior to the event to secure your entry.The event package includes:

  • Two nights at the Rich River Golf Club Resort
  • Two cooked breakfasts & two meal vouchers
  • 36 holes of golf in carts on Saturday & Sunday
  • Your own copy of the Tournament Program
  • Complimentary Bushranger accessories
  • Tournament entry fees, trophies and prizes

The 2011 KGS

When: Saturday & Sunday July 23 & 24, 2011
Where: The Tocumwal Golf Club
What: A 36-hole siege for teams of four playing two & four-ball ambrose 
Why: For loads of fun, camaraderie, adventure, glory, trophies & prizes
Info: see the 2011 KGS Prep Page for more information.
Entry$320 for BRG members ($340 for non-members)
Bookings: Anyone can enter and payment is required one month prior
Extras: A warm up event from noon at Toke on Friday ($30 pp & $20 pp for carts)
Package: The 2011 KGS package includes:

  • Two nights at the Tocumwal Golf Resort
  • Continental breakfast & $30 of dinner vouchers
  • 36 holes of golf in carts on Saturday & Sunday
  • Your own copy of the Tournament Program
  • Complimentary Bushranger accessories
  • Tournament entry fees, trophies and prizes

The 2010 KGS

When: Saturday & Sunday July 23,24 & 25 
Where: The Cobram Barooga Golf Club
What: A 36-hole siege for teams of four playing two & four-ball ambrose 
Why: For loads of fun, camaraderie, adventure, glory, trophies & prizes
Entry$340 for BRG members ($360 for non-members).
Bookings: Anyone can enter and payment is required one month prior.
Package: The 2010 KGS package includes:

  • Two nights at the Cobram Barooga Golf Club Motel
  • Two cooked breakfasts & two $15 meal vouchers
  • 36 holes of tournament golf in luxury carts on Saturday & Sunday
  • The package includes unlimited golf if you want to squeeze more in
  • An extra motel rooming for entertaining and games of chance
  • Your own copy of the Tournament Program
  • Complimentary Bushranger accessories
  • Tournament entry fees, trophies and prizes

The 2009 KGS

When: Saturday & Sunday July 18 & 19, 2009
Where: The Rich River Golf Club
What: A 36-hole siege of various fun formats
How: In luxury golf carts all the way
Who: Mates playing in teams of four
Why: For loads of fun, glory, trophies & prizes
How much$335 for BRG members ($350 for non-members). Payment is required a month prior to the event to secure your entry.The event package includes:

  • Two nights at the Rich River Golf Club Resort
  • Two cooked breakfasts & two meal vouchers
  • 36 holes of golf in carts on Saturday & Sunday
  • Your own copy of the Tournament Program
  • Complimentary Bushranger accessories
  • Tournament entry fees, trophies and prizes

To find out what happened, check out the 2009 KGS Results page.  

The 2008 KGS

When: Saturday & Sunday July 19 & 20, 2008
Where: The Tocumwal Golf Club
What: A 36-hole siege of various fun formats
How: In luxury golf carts all the way
Who: Mates playing in teams of four
Why: For loads of fun, glory, trophies & prizes
How much$285 for BRG members ($300 for non-members). Payment will be required a month prior to the event to secure your entry.The event package includes:

  • 2 nights at the Tocumwal Golf Motor Inn
  • Continental breakfast & dinner vouchers
  • 36 holes of golf in carts on Saturday & Sunday
  • Your own copy of the Tournament Program
  • Complimentary Bushranger accessories
  • Tournament entry fees, trophies and prizes

To find out what happened, check out the 2008 KGS Results page.

The 2007 KGS

Contestants arrived at the Growling Frog driving range from  1 pm for a pre-tournament briefing and a leisurely warm up session (range balls supplied) before the fire works commenced. Our first group went off at 2:08pm from the 10th tee at Growling Frog. Great trophies and prizes were on offer for the winning team and, as always, there was some fun side-action for Nearest the Pin and Longest Drive.

When: 1:00 pm, Sunday February 25, 2007
Where: The Growling Frog Golf Course, Yan Yean
What: 18 holes of of Two- Ball Ambrose
How: In luxury golf carts all the way
Who: You and your mates playing in teams
Why: For loads of fun, glory, trophies & prizes
How much: $75 for BRG members ($90 for non-members) - Payment required two weeks prior to secure your place.

Click here for all the details and competition rules for the 2007 Shootout.

To bone up on the course before the day, have a look at our exclusive Bushranger Golf hole-by-hole course review of The Growling Frog or go to our Golf Resources page to download the PDF of the course review of the Frog by four of our Bushrangers as it appeared in Inside Social Golf magazine.

The 2006 KGS

The Inaugural Kelly Gang Shootout was held at The Growling Frog Golf Course in Yan Yean, north of Melbourne. “The Frosty Beveridge’s" took out the championship and made off with the trophies by carding a rip-roaring net six under 66 with some brilliant ambrose golf course management. There are a range of spectacular photos from the event in our two galleries of all the fun from the first Shootout. The first gallery is here, which contains a range of shots including team portraits, and the second gallery is here with every players tee shot from the tenth tee.

Some Shootout Facts

The Format: is traditionally ambrose best-ball played in teams of four but this will vary in 2008 with the new 36-hole format.

The Rules: Since slow play is a potential problem for our gangs, these rules are designed to encourage play in the right spirit and at the right pace. 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.

Handicapping: 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.

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). Teams 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 tasty ‘side action’ between teams.

The Rodeo Rule: This is minimum drives for each team member and will be enforced. Each team’s rodeo requirements will appear on their scorecard.