TOP TRIP: The Laidley golf team preparing for a major challenge at the Sunshine Coast (front left to right) Ron Goltz and Kenji Yoshida; (back row from left) Neil McCauley, Roger Vandenberg (PGA Professional) and Matt Bradford.
TOP TRIP: The Laidley golf team preparing for a major challenge at the Sunshine Coast (front left to right) Ron Goltz and Kenji Yoshida; (back row from left) Neil McCauley, Roger Vandenberg (PGA Professional) and Matt Bradford. Contributed

Professional leads Laidley to scramble

A TEAM from Laidley Golf Club has qualified for the Holden Scramble Championship final - Australia's largest pro-amateur teams event.

After qualifying at the local event earlier in the year, the Laidley contingent held off at least 20 other teams to grab the one spot available at the regional final.

The Laidley team is led by PGA professional Roger Vandenberg and includes Matthew Bradford, Ron Goltz, Neil McCauley and Kenji Yoshida.

The team will compete for the national title against 24 other teams from across the country in an all expenses paid trip of a lifetime to Twin Waters on the Sunshine Coast.

Vandenberg said his team was thrilled to be heading to the championship final from December 7-10.

"The Holden Scramble is always one of the most highly anticipated events on our club calendar so we are happy that we were able to play some top golf today," Vandenberg said.

"We can't wait to get to the Sunshine Coast, we have heard such great things from others who have been to the championship final and we're excited that 2012 is our year."

Holden Scramble Championship Final teams will be treated to four days of golf played in full tournament conditions and three social functions at the Twin Waters Golf Club and Novotel Twin Waters Resort.

Teams also have the opportunity to play alongside one of Australia's leading tour professionals before they tee off in the Australian PGA Championship.

In the past, teams have played alongside the likes of Greg Norman, John Senden, Wayne Grady, Peter O'Malley and Stuart Appleby.

While winning the trip to the championship final is the aim of all Holden Scramble participants, even more is at stake. The leading teams from the 2012 Championship Final earn their place on "Team Australia" to play against China in the Champions Tour.

Following a successful inaugural year in 2011/2012, the Champions Tour features the top two teams contest the home and away style match against the top teams from the China Golf Club League.

In early 2013, players will be treated to another weekend away in Australia, before they jet off to China.

At local level, over 35,000 players compete in the Holden Scramble every year, with approximately 2000 qualifying to one of the 29 regional finals around the country.



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