Holden Scramble team in China
2012 Holden Scramble Championship Finalists will again have the chance to win a trip to China in early 2013, with the PGA today confirming the international Champions Tour with the China Golf Association will continue in 2013.
With thanks to the support of GM Holden, earlier this year the winning teams from the 2011 Holden Scramble were treated to an unforgettable experience in Guangzhou, China where competitors played off against representatives of the Buick China Golf Club League.
This time around, the top two teams from the Holden Scramble Championship Final will be joined by an additional two PGA Professionals forming a 12 player Australian squad.
The Champions Tour will consist of a ‘home and away’ style format, with Australian competitors set to host a two-day tournament on home soil in March next year, followed by an away match in China the following month.
To enhance the team experience, the tournament will include a 4BBB event in round one, and singles event in round two with the best 10 of 12 scores making the team result.
Speaking about the partnership, Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia, said that following the success in the inaugural year, both parties were extremely keen to continue the international challenge.
“While the Holden Scramble Champions Tour provides a unique opportunity for participants, it is also another step forward for the PGA’s ongoing relationship with the China Golf Association,” said Thorburn.
“In addition to this program, the PGA works with the China Golf Association in coach education and as founding parties of OneAsia, and we hope to continue this relationship for many years to come.”
Amateur Adele Brimmer from Cromer Golf Club was part of the 2011 Women’s Holden Scramble team who headed to China earlier this year.
And, while the Australians weren’t able to claim the trophy on their first attempt, Adele says she is still revelling in the experience.
“Upon our arrival in China we were greeted by film crews, photographers and other media. We were showered with gifts and for our entire stay, we were treated like royalty,” said Brimmer.
“The course was magnificent, the golf was amazing and the experience is one that will never be forgotten. We had the times of our lives.”
The Holden Scramble is Australia’s most popular amateur teams event.
Now into its 21st year, over 37,000 amateurs are expected to compete in the 2012 Holden Scramble, with local events currently taking place throughout Australia.
The 2012 Regional Final series will get underway on the 30th September, with the lucky Championship Finalists scheduled to meet and compete on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast at Twin Waters Golf Club and Novotel Twin Waters Resort from December 7 to 10.