Relentless rain did not stop Harry Bateman claiming his maiden victory on the Charles Tour by a mammoth eight-shot margin at the Harewood Open

Bateman had already had three runner-up finishes on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour and with rounds of 69, 65, 70 and 69, he wasn’t going to allow victory to slip away in the wet conditions.

The Muriwai golfer’s joy was clear after lifting the John Jones Steel Harewood Open trophy with family and friends by his side.

“It feels awesome, I’m really rapt after three second place finishes so it’s nice to get the monkey off the back,” said Bateman.

“I feel like I have been good enough to win one of these for at least two years now but it just hasn’t happened, so to finally get it done and with the lead I had was great.”

As victory became ever clearer, Bateman’s game started to lift with a chip in birdie of the 12th, sparking his back nine where he then birdied the 13th and 16th to enjoy his walk home.

The next stop on the Charles Tour is the Ngamutu Classic next week where the field only gets stronger with Bateman aiming to go back to back.

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