Olivia Beck from the Laidley Golf Club tees off at Twin Waters during the Holden Scramble National Final.
Olivia Beck from the Laidley Golf Club tees off at Twin Waters during the Holden Scramble National Final. Warren Lynam

A thrilling win for Numurkah Golf Club

VICTORIA'S Numurkah Golf Club claimed one of the country's most prestigious titles yesterday, with a thrilling win at the Holden Scramble Championship Final at Twin Waters.

The team of Andrew Nicholls, Nathan Hickey, Colin McMinn, Paul Fry and PGA professional Anthony Sanders were joined by PGA touring professional Anthony Summers in the final round.

And they produced the lowest round of the tournament, carding a nett score of 50.3 to finish less than one shot ahead of overnight leader Wolston Park Golf Club.

Numurkah captain Anthony Sanders was thrilled to be a part of the winning team.

"We all talked last night about being patient because we felt that we had played some pretty good golf the first two rounds without too much luck and I guess that luck came our way today," he said.

"We had a rule that we weren't allowed to look at the leader board though it was really tough when we got on a roll making seven birdies in a row through the middle part of the round.

"When we birdied the tough 17th hole with Rod Pampling joining us and then eagled the 18th, we thought we must have been a chance."

Summers played his part to a tee.

"He made our team feel so relaxed and he hit a couple of clutch wedges on the back nine, not to mention a long drive down the par-5 18th hole, which only left us with 160m to the flag.," Sanders said.

"I have been at the Numurkah Golf Club for 16 ½ years and really enjoy the people, board and management at the club. This week has certainly been one of the proudest moments I have had representing the club."

Wolston Park needed to eagle the last to win the championship but a short tee shot left them too far back to reach the green in two nd a birdie was the best they could manage.

In the women's final, Griffith Golf Club made an eagle on the final hole to win by just 1.2 shots from Lucindale Golf Club.

"Our girls could not be more ecstatic about winning," PGA professional and Griffith team captain Wayne Rostron said.

"We couldn't make any putts during the middle part of the round though we combined really well down the stretch, including Rod Pampling hitting a great bunker shot on the 17th hole to help save our par."

"We knew what we had to do coming down the last and although birdie would have been enough, it was a great feeling to win in style by making eagle."

The PGA touring professionals who joined the Holden Scramble Championship final yesterday will now make their way to the Australian PGA Championship, on the Gold Coast.

More on Pampling in Thursday's golf section of the Daily. Full scores on the event website.


  • Holden Scramble National Final
  • Numurkah 158.9
  • Wolston Park 159.3
  • Dubbo 159.9
  • Maryborough 161.8
  • Esperance 162.8

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