QUEENSLAND golfer Robert Osborne thought his leg was being pulled when he was told he was the official One Millionth Holden Scramble Participant and had won a trip for his team to the 2017 PGA TOUR Championship in Atlanta.
Osborne was competing at the Mount Warren Park Golf Club on the Gold Coast on the weekend when the announcement was made.
The Holden Scramble is Australia’s largest pro-amateur club teams event and is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016.
As the One Millionth player, Osborne (pictured above) and his team of Daniel Osborne (son), Greg McGibbon and Dereck Odgaard, will head off on the trip of a lifetime to attend the 2017 US PGA TOUR Championship in September.
Osborne initially thought the announcement was a wind-up by some of his mates at the club and was shocked to learn it was authentic.
“This is terrific. I really don’t know what to say; it’s amazing,” said Osborne, from nearby Ashmore.
“I really don’t quite believe this is happening; this is one of the biggest things I’ve ever won by far.”
Holden Scramble competitions are held across Australia, from every major city to regional hubs such as Broome, Kalgoorlie, Alice Springs, Cairns and the Norfolk Islands.
Local level winners go on to compete in Regional Finals with the winning team from each final progressing to the Holden Scramble Championship Final held at Twin Waters Golf Club in November.
Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia, was delighted to see the Holden Scramble reach such a significant milestone and that the event continues to thrive at clubs around Australia thanks to the generous support from Holden.
“The PGA is extremely proud of the success and longevity of the Holden Scramble. To reach this milestone of one million participants in the same year we are celebrating the event’s 25th anniversary is a fantastic indication of the position the brand holds in the Australian golf industry.”
“The relationship we’ve formed with Holden has assisted the PGA grow the game of golf at grassroots level in all corners of Australia and we greatly appreciate the support they have given us over the past 25 years.”
Osborne and his team will receive return economy airfares flying Delta Air Lines to the USA, where they will be treated with inbound and outbound transfers, four night’s accommodation (twin share) and tickets to the 2017 PGA TOUR Championship by Coca Cola, the final event of the four-tournament FedEx Cup playoffs.
About the Holden Scramble
The Holden Scramble is a pro amateur club team’s event managed by the PGA of Australia. Holden has been the major sponsor since the event first started; their longest running sponsorship in Australia outside motor sports.
Since its inception in 1992, the Holden Scramble has become Australia’s largest and most successful pro-amateur team’s event. The Holden Scramble also runs the Women’s Holden Scramble, which has seen over 11,000 ladies tee it up since its introduction. More at www.holdenscramble.com.au.