Bronzed Aussies storm home

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

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

Players who played their best golf at the most important moment, 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 defeated, New South Welshman improved Jason Russo in the final round with 12 strokes to storm home and finished fourth.

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

"I couldn't have been more proud of the way they focused on the task and what they buried today," said Monaghan.

"Our goal today was focus and that is exactly what our champions did … use perfect conditions to place some great scores."

Johnson played a final-round 56 to a total of 224 overall, earning Monaghan's praise for his commitment and consistency through a memorable week.

Patterson eventually repelled the nerves she had fought in previous rounds to shoot a 53 for a total of 226.

"Amanda has also added a new birdie to her Games count … we were so happy for her that she could play her game today," Monaghan said.

Russo's great turnaround even contained a few pearls when he finished a total of 235.

"Unfortunately he just fell behind the bronze medal, but that was a top performance after a good start to the field today," said Monaghan.

"His party was huge … so inspiring."

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

"These guys were just super and we wouldn't have achieved what we would have done without them," he said.

"Our caddies absolutely loved working with our boys and we were blessed with them."

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

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