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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 174
N UMURKAH Golf Club came from the clouds to pinch the 2015 Holden Scramble Championship Final yesterday with a dominant final round that saw the team rise from fifth place with a round to go to become the newest champions. The club from the tiny town of the same name wedged between Shepparton and the Murray River in Northern Victoria finished birdie, birdie, eagle to win the final by 0.4 of a shot from Queensland's Wolston Park Golf Club. The Numurkah team of Andrew Nicholls, Nathan Hickey, Colin McMinn, Paul Fry and pro Anthony Sanders began the last day of the 54-hole event trailing Wolston Park by 2.4 shots but gelled better in the final round to spark a winning charge. They also had assistance from veteran touring pro Anthony Summers as PGA Tour of Australasia pros jetted in to bolster the teams on the last day at Twin Waters Club. The Numurkah team had started slowly each day - and did so again in the final round - before storming home to take the title by covering the last nine holes in 8-under in the elimination ambrose format. With live scoring available via Golfbox software for the first time, the Numurkah team opted for a more fatalistic approach and decided to play without the benefit of knowing how they were faring in comparison. Or so they thought. Sanders found out via a PGA of Australia representative on the 17th tee that they were leading but elected not to share the news with his troops. "That was my secret," Sanders said afterwards. "I couldn't tell anyone. There was too much pressure going on as there was. So one of the guys hit it to ten feet right behind the hole and we drained the birdie then eagled 18." The winning side also managed their mandatory tee shots cleverly, with all players' three required tee-shot contributions completed by the 15th hole each day. Wolston Park will be wishing they could
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