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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 222
The team celebrated wildly on the 18th green when Jill Taylor holed out for birdie from 3m with her pink ball. “This will be great for our club and for golf in the district,’’ she said. “This is only the second year Balaklava has hosted a Holden Scramble event and we doubled the number of teams from our first go at it. We only have about 100 playing members and, hopefully, this will spark more interest.” Taylor, who shared the spoils with Julie Brown, left-hander Jacqui Johnson and Cherie Taylor paid tribute to fellow club member Moira Hayes who missed the final because of a fractured ankle. “It was rotten luck for Moira but she has been totally supportive of us along with the entire club.’’ Police officer Cherie Taylor responded to a late call-up to play the championship final. Balaklava, a farming community 95km from Adelaide, does not have a local golf professional and Chris Duke was drafted for the final. Adelaide-based Duke, who won the PGA Club Professionals Championship at Hamilton Island earlier this month, said he was fortunate to be teamed with “a fantastic bunch of ladies”. “They’ve carried me all the way,’’ he quipped. “It’s a great way to start the week for me before playing the PGA at Royal Pines from Thursday. The biggest purse I’ve ever played for until now is $50,000 and this week I’m in a $1.5 million tournament. “It’s all happening.’’ Tour pro Dimi Papadatos contributed significantly to Balaklava’s closing round 50.8 to seal the win with an aggregate 160.4. Queanbeyan finished on 162.8 while Gardiner’s Run GC (Victoria) carded 163.8. As a bonus for players on the final day, Rio Olympian Marcus Fraser played a tee-shot for each team on the par-3, 202-metre 17th hole. And for a period during the middle of the day players arriving at the 17th tee also met 1991 British Open champion and television commentator Ian Baker-Finch who paid a surprise visit to the course. Twin Waters was hosting its 19th Holden Scramble final in the 25-year history of the event. “The Sunshine Coast and Twin Waters has proved a wonderful venue for the culmination of the Holden Scramble each year,’’ PGA events administrator Cameron Hunter said. “We had almost 35,000 participants in this year’s Scramble and some significant milestones such as our one millionth participant who won a trip to the United States and our 25,000th female participant.’’ E SCRAMBLE GALLERY SEE ALL THE ACTION FROM THE EVENT IN THIS IMAGE GALLERY
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