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Golfers set for Scramble

Thursday, 20th October, 2011

FINALISTS: Golfer Andrew Ashwood will be joined by teammates Clinton Jones, James Matten and Adrian McDonald at the Regional Final of the Holden Scramble. FINALISTS: Golfer Andrew Ashwood will be joined by teammates Clinton Jones, James Matten and Adrian McDonald at the Regional Final of the Holden Scramble.

By Darrin Manuel

A foursome of golfers is taking a shot at the biggest amateur golf prize in the country as they look to progress through the ranks of the Holden Scramble.

The Scramble is the largest and most successful amateur golf tournament in Australia, with teams of four competing at a local level before progressing through to regional and national playoffs.

More than 400 preliminary competitions were held around Australia between March and September, with the team of Andrew Ashwood, Clinton Jones, James Matten and Adrian McDonald winning the local stage from a field of around 80 competitors.

Their victory earned them a place in the South Australian Regional Final, which will be played at Mt Osmond Golf Club in Adelaide on October 23.

Should they be successful in Adelaide, they will then be eligible to compete at the National Championships at Novotel Twin Waters Resort on the Sunshine Coast in December.

Broken Hill was represented at the Nationals in 2009 by the team of Trevor Walsh, Shane Long, Jonathon Hull and Ian Fillery, and Mr Ashwood said he hoped his team could also play their way onto the big stage.

“We’re definitely excited. It’s a big event and if we did happen to win we’d be going to Queensland to play against the pr’s, which would be a great experience,” he said.

“It will be a great game of golf. We don’t really have any expectations and we’ll enjoy it for what it is.

“We’ve got a great team and we all bring our own qualities into the team, so I hope we do well.”

Mr Ashwood said he and his team would enjoy themselves regardless of the result, and praised the Scramble’s modified Ambrose-style team play.

“It’s the best format I’ve seen as far as competitiveness and fairness,” he said.

“You don’t wind up with one player taking 50 shots. In other (team) games you could have one player who is just playing a blinder and everyone else is just tagging along.

“In this format once each player has his shot then he drops out and someone else gets a shot - you do a full rotation - and it works really well.”

“It should be a great tournament, it’s a shame there isn’t more competitions like this Australia-wide for amateurs to compete in.”

 

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