Date: March 21, 2019
Author: Golf Australia

Bronzed Aussies storm home

In true Australian tradition, our Special Olympic golf team rallied when it mattered most today, storming home to win two medals in Abu Dhabi.

Playing their best golf at the most important time, Queenslanders Chad Johnson and Amanda Patterson each won bronze at the Special Olympics World Games at the Yas Links in the United Arab Emirates.

And not to be outdone, New South Welshman Jason Russo improved by 12 strokes in the final round to storm home and finish fourth.

#TeamAUS coach Brendan Monaghan, of Queensland, was ecstatic with his team's efforts in the nine-hole format.

"I could not have been prouder of the way they focussed on the task and dug in today," Monaghan said.

"Our goal today was focus and that's exactly what our champs did … taking advantage of perfect conditions to post some great scores."

Johnson carded a final-round 56 to tally 224 overall, earning praise from Monaghan for his commitment and consistency through a memorable week.

Patterson finally beat off the nerves she'd been battling in earlier rounds to shoot a 53 for a 226 total.

"Amanda also added another birdie to her Games tally … we were so thrilled for her that she could get her game on today," Monaghan said.

Russo's big turnaround even featured a couple of pars as he finished at 235 overall.

"Unfortunately he fell just short of bronze medal, but that was a top effort after giving the field a big start today," Monaghan said.

"His celebration was huge … so inspirational."

Monaghan paid tribute to the athletes' "magnificent" caddies, Simon (Chad), Matthew (Amanda) and Alan (Jason).

"These guys were just superb and we would not have achieved what we did without them," he said.

"Our caddies absolutely loved working with our guys and we were blessed to have them."


Jason Russo, left, Chad Johnson and Amanda Patterson proudly show off their prizes in Abu Dhabi.