GOLF: A tenacious team from Orange claimed a memorable victory in the Holden Scramble Championship Final at Twin Waters on Monday.
Wentworth Golf Club members are celebrating after their side won the prestigious pro-am event by four shots.
"We just managed to hole some great putts which is vital in this format,” the club's PGA professional Todd Brakenridge said.
"We are thrilled to win the Championship Final, particularly in the 25th year.
"It's nice to come from a country area in New South Wales and claim the victory."
His team carded rounds of 51, 50 and 49.
They took a one-shot lead into Monday, when all teams were joined by a touring professional.
In Wentworth's case, it was Scott Laycock.
"It was a massive help,” Brakenridge said.
"It was a real buzz playing with him.”
The team took a one-shot lead, over eventual runner-up Deniliquin, into the final round.
In the women's only division, South Australia's Balaklava Golf Club also went wire-to-wire to claim honours.
Rio Olympian Marcus Fraser played a role too, hitting tee shots on the par-3 17th.
Teams had the option of playing his ball.
"I don't think they (organisers) could have picked a tougher hole for me...but it was good fun,” Fraser said.
"It was nice to get out and hit a few balls but I nearly wore out my five wood at one point.”
Fraser said there were some handy golfers who came through.
"More often than not mine wasn't the best shot of the group,” he said.
"There's some pretty serious competitors out there but it's also a good, fun event for everyone involved.
"You can see why golf is such a popular sport.”
It was the 19th time Twin Waters held the final.
The Holden Scramble is Australia's largest pro-am event, with hundreds of teams initially competing at local level.
Winners progress through qualifying rounds, with the top 24 mixed teams and top six women's team made into the final.
It was a massive year for the Holden Scramble celebrating one millionth participant and the 25,000th women's participant.
Meanwhile, the PGA touring professionals who joined the final on Monday will now make their way south for the Australian PGA Championship at RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.
Fraser, who won a European Tour event earlier this year, will be among them.
He's hoping for a return to form in the $1.5 million event.
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