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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 174
CLICK HERE FOR MORE SCORES say the same. Armed with a one-shot lead through the first 36 holes, they came to the penultimate hole of the final round needing to play the par-3 17th and par-5 18th in 2-under to win. But they were left with two players needing to clear one tee shot each on the two closers. So incredibly, Rod Pampling, who spent the day hitting bonus tee shots for each group at 17 fresh off an astonishing 61 to nearly steal the Australian Open less than 24 hours earlier, was left on the bench as the Wolston Park side battled to save par. Needing to eagle the 18th, the only tee shot they could take placed them too far back to reach the downwind par-5 in two and when their lengthy pitch shot failed to find the cup, Numurkah had the title. "We kept it simple," Sanders said of his team, who had Kiwi pro Mark Brown join them for the last round. "We didn't want to put pressure on, especially for the long handicappers [the winning side comprised handicaps of 2, 7, 28 and 30]. "I've heard different stories of people coming up here (to the Championship Final) and they've taken it too seriously and they fall over. Whereas we just said, 'Let's enjoy each other's company for a start and see what happens.'" A 25-foot eagle putt on the last green also helped the Griffith Golf Club team capture the women's final as Lauren Marshall, Melinda Bonetti, Kandice Marin, Lona Rostron and pro Wayne Rostron held on from Lucindale Golf Club (SA). Griffith 165.7 total was 1.2 shots better than Lucindale, while Laidley Golf Club (Qld) was another 0.2 adrift in third. It was a remarkable win in particular for Bonetti and Lona Rostron, who only took up golf in January. "For them just to go through to here (the final) is just sensational," Wayne Rostron said. "This is like the pinnacle of the sport for a team event. "Essentially they're just a good, fun crew so we try to keep it fairly light-hearted. And the first couple of days it was really hard as they were really too focused - but it is a big event. Things weren't going great but they were going well enough to keep us in there. That was a key. We didn't play ourselves out of it but teeing up today, it was anyone's." All the winners received a new Callaway driver for their efforts after a year that saw 36,000 golfers compete at 460 Holden Scramble events, including at the 10,000th event overall, which was staged at Muswellbrook Golf Club in the New South Wales Hunter Valley. Next year promises even further milestones as the Scramble celebrates 25 years and its millionth participant. OTG SCRAMBLE GALLERY SEE ALL THE FINAL ACTION IN THIS IMAGE GALLERY
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