Australia vs China Challenge tees off

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

In an historic first for Australia’s longest running and most popular pro-amateur teams event, the Holden Scramble, twelve amateurs and two PGA Professionals have landed in Shenzhen, China to compete in the second match of the international friendly competition between the two countries flagship amateur club teams events.

The event, which sees the top three teams from the 2011 Holden Scramble Championship Final take on the top three teams from the China Golf Club League in a 36 hole tournament at the Tycoon Golf Club, 45minutes out of Shenzhen, will be held from 10 – 12 April.

This week is the second part of a two match event. In November 2011, twelve Chinese players made their way to the Championship Final at Twin Waters on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland to take on the 2010 Scramble Champions. In the first match, it was the Chinese players who were victorious and now the Aussies are set to take on the Chinese again, this time on their home soil.

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Whilst it would be un-Australian to not want to win the trophy, the event is more about the experience and relationships between the two countries golfing communities rather than the honour and glory of winning the competition, as was seen as the Aussie’s entered Guangzhou Airport yesterday to be greeted with flowers and gifts before making the 1 ½ journey to Tycoon Golf Club.

”The event has been a great initiative between the PGA and the China Golf Association, as both organisations are very keen to further build relationships and promote golf in each country” said Natalie Ritter, National Events Manager PGA of Australia.

To see the same faces who visited us last year on the Sunshine Coast again, and now visit them on their home soil is very special. The Chinese players had a fantastic time last year and I am sure this week will be something our Holden Scramble players will never forget”

Team Australia, which consists of the team from Robina Woods Golf Club (Blake Johnston, Nathan Baker, Matthew Pease and Adrian Robert, Professional Corey Taylor), Laidley Golf Club (Ron Goltz, Adam Best, Kenji Yoshida, Mitch Eagn (sub – Dubbo) and Professional Ian Esson) and the all ladies team from Cromer Golf Club (Yvonne Burns, Katrina Brown, Adele Brimmer and Bev Fagan) will be treated to an experience of a lifetime, and if the reception we received at Guangzhou Airport is anything to go by they will never forget the hospitality and kindness displayed by our Chinese hosts.

Follow their reports, photo’s and results over the next couple of days to see how Team Australia has helped take the Holden Scramble into China.

The competition itinerary is as follows:

Day 1 - 10th
Welcome meeting and practice round
Welcome Dinner

Day 2 – 11th April
Tournament Round 1 (Four ball stroke)
Free evening

Day 3 – 12th April
Tournament Round 2 (single stroke)
Presentation ceremony
Closing Dinner