Jimmy Kleinhass looks in control at the Gladstone Golf Club on Sunday.
Jimmy Kleinhass looks in control at the Gladstone Golf Club on Sunday. Murray Ware

Quartet ekes out a win

LESS than a shot separated the winners from equal second place in the four-ball Ambrose Holden Scramble at Gladstone Golf Course on Sunday.

The victorious quartet was comprised of locals Todd Martin, Tony Wroe, Andrew Lockwood and Wayne Martin, who carted a five under par 65 off the stick with a handicap of 10 to eke out a five eighths of a shot win.

Gladstone’s Dave Burns, Jason Burns, Jason Jefferies and Matt Stonely also shot a 65 but finished equal second with a Calliope’s Ben Lewis, Steven Lewis, Michael Short and Bruce Green due to their slightly lower average handicap.

Gladstone golf’s Craig Brown said the tournament, which is the largest pro-amateur team event in Australia, was a great success despite the undesirable weather in the lead-up.

“It has been good, we’ve had clear weather which is great because we had rain all week, the course is in good knick and it’s good to get over 100 competitors,” he said.

“Being a mixed event it was good to see there were quite a few ladies playing as well.”

The scores at this year’s Holden Scramble were slightly down on average, partially due to the damp conditions.

“Unfortunately we couldn’t mow the course because it was wet so there wasn’t as much roll on the course as there normally would be,” Brown said.

The triumphant foursome will now contest the regional finals at Rydges Capricorn Resort on October 17, where they will attempt to qualify for the national final at Twin Waters Golf Club on the Sunshine Coast in December.

A PGA club professional joins each team to form a five-person side for the regional final to take on other qualifiers from Blackwater, Emerald, Mackay, Townsville and the Central Queensland area.

“They performed very well and they’re all really keen to head up to Rydges and hopefully make the national final,” Brown said.

“Two years ago our winning team came second so hopefully this time we can go one.”



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