A capacity afternoon field of 72 players (18 Groups of four) contested the Qualifying round of the 2021 VW Scramble – an Ambrose format event – on Sunday 14th February and there were some outstanding scores.
If you thought around 56 and a bit was a winning score then think again.
With only one team to qualify for the final, competition was fierce and even past winners Scott Van Heurck and Aidan Cooper and their respective partners could not match the performance of the winners, with their teams finishing 3rd and 4th respectively with scores of 55.25 and 56.25.
Phil Johnson (6 Handicap), Craig Nelson (10), Colin Holt (21) and Greg Hodgson (35) finished with a magnificent 63 off the stick giving them a Nett Score of 54. They probably were preparing their victory speech but even that score was not enough to overcome the ultimate winners.
With an average age of 28, Edmund Hall (H’Cap +2), Ufaq Qazi (6), Hugo McChesney (H’Cap 11) and new member Dylan Morgan (H’Cap 18) spoilt their party finishing with an exceptional Gross Score of 14 Under Par – 58. This gave them a Nett 53.875 and victory by a mere 0.125 of a shot.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THEIR ROUND
Their round consisted of 2 Eagles, 10 Birdies and 6 Pars.
Eagle on the First – Drive by Edmund to 25 Feet – Putt holed by Hugo (First to Putt)
Eagle on the Eleventh – Drive by Hugo, second shot by Dylan to 50 Metres short and “Slam- Dunked” by Edmund
A 15 foot Birdie Putt on their final hole by Edmund (last to play) turned out to be the winning putt.
They will now be joined by Club Professional Andrew Gott to represent the club at the Regional Final scheduled to be played at Lakelands Country Club on Monday April 19.
We wish them well in their quest to play in the National Final at Twin Waters Resort on the Sunshine Coast later in the year.
OTHER HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY
Congratulations to David Southam who had a Hole-In-One on the 16th – but unfortunately did not win a Volkswagen!!
A FEW OTHER “SNIPPETS” FROM THE DAY
Mackenzie Buck won the other nearest the pin.
Dylan Morgan started the day with a shock – his score of 41 points on Saturday resulted in his playing handicap reducing from 24 to 18.
The Runners Up may well rue their final two holes (the 1st and 2nd) where they could only manage Pars.
Twelve groups scored 66 Gross or under.
There were 4 Eagles and 110 Birdies on the day.