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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 222
A QUARTET of bush school teachers has “skipped” classes to claim the 25th anniversary Holden Scramble championship final for Wentworth Golf Club [above]. Chris Busch and his wife, Shannon, Adam Honeysett and Matthew Stanley teamed with Wentworth club pro Todd Brackenridge to notch a wire-to-wire victory in the 54-hole final at Twin Waters on the Sunshine Coast. The Buschs and Honeysett teach at Coolah (population about 1000) in central-western New South Wales while two-marker Stanley is a teacher in Mudgee. “We are a three-hour drive from Orange where Wentworth is located and decided to enter a team in their open day,’’ Chris Busch said. “The three of us from Coolah approached Matt to join us and somehow we managed to come all the way through to the final. It’s been a fantastic experience and Todd has done a great job as our professional.’’ The Wentworth team were bolstered by experienced touring pro Scott Laycock in Monday’s final round where they finished with a nett 49 after previous rounds of 51-50. Wentworth led throughout the final to defeat Deniliquin Golf Club by four strokes with Grafton completing a NSW country trifecta to be third, just .8 of a stroke adrift. “It was a pretty nervous start after leading into the final round and we did it tough to get the mandatory three tee shots away for each player,’’ pro Brackenridge said. “It was a great team effort and we managed to make some very good putts. Having Scotty (Laycock) out there today was a massive help.’’ Brackenridge said he ran a Holden Scramble mixed open event at Wentworth each year to give golfers from small country towns an opportunity to participate. “A lot of them play courses with sand greens and it’s been a real eye-opener for these people from the bush to reach the final.’’ The Balaklava Golf Club from country South Australia [above] claimed the women’s section of the Holden Scramble by 2.4 shots from Queanbeyan (NSW).
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