The 25th year of the Holden Scramble will go down as the most memorable yet following a long list of milestones and firsts.
In a landmark season, the iconic team event welcomed its 1 millionth participant at Mt Warren Park Golf Club on the Gold Coast, ticked over 25 000 female participants, implemented an innovative online entering system and redesigned its website to be more user-friendly. The system is now running towards a tournament management system.
"The PGA of Australia is extremely proud of the longevity of the event and the partnerships formed with the Holden Scramble over many years," said PGA of Australia CEO Brian Thorburn.
"The Holden Scramble was once again staged in all corners of Australia – from every major city to regional hubs such as Broome, Kalgoorlie, Alice Springs, Cairns and the Norfolk Islands. As always, the event's success was caused by its PGA Members and Holden Dealerships at the local level. It's because of their efforts that the Holden Scramble remains Australia's largest team golf event."
When Bob Osborne arrived at Mt Warren Park Golf Club back in August for his club's annual Holden Scramble event, little did he know how significant his entry would be.
"I really didn't quite believe what was happening," recalls Osborne.
It was quickly revealed Osborne was Holden Scramble participant No.1,000,000, earning his team a free trip to the USA to attend the 2017 Tour Championship.
"It was by far one of the biggest things I've ever won," he added.
At the event held at the newly merged Churchill Waverley Golf and Bowls Club, Jeanette Major enjoyed similar fanfare when it was revealed she was the 25,000th female to enter the competition, securing her team three fantastic days on the Sunshine Coast staying at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort.
The free trips kept coming in 2016 when selected Holden Scramble coordinators who adopted the new online entering system scored flights to the USA thanks to Delta Air Lines. The lucky recipients included Jason Simmons (Woodlands Golf Club), Paul Finkle (Yowani Golf Club) and Josh Hall (Leongatha Golf Club).
In addition to this, for just holding an event at their respective clubs, Shane Johnson (Safety Beach Golf Club) won similar flights while Steve Loader (Rich River Country Club) won himself a trip to the Holden Scramble Championship Final.
Planning to run a Holden Scramble in 2017
Have you considered running earlier in the season? Did you know there were 259 events staged across the country during the months of August and September?
Why not get away from your busy winter schedule and stage your event off the back of summer when your club is at its busiest. Running an event earlier in the year allows your qualifiers to ensure they are meeting all Regional Final Conditions of Competition.
And think about giving clear space between your women's and mixed events as your female members may wish to participate in both.
Lock in your date early and discuss with your local Holden Dealership immediately.Contact the Holden Scramble events team on (03) 8320 1999, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit holdenscramble.com.au
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