Gayndah team are South Qld champs

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Adam McCleery Adam.McCleery@cnbtimes.com.au

GOLF: The Gayndah Holden Scram­ble rep­re­sen­ta­tive team has won the South­ern Queens­land Re­gional Fi­nal in Pel­i­can Wa­ters at the week­end.

The team con­sisted of Gayndah reg­u­lars Mick Coulsen, Matt Zill­man, Shaun Allen and Jeremy Zahl, who man­aged to fin­ish the fi­nal with a score of 14 un­der par.

“Win­ning that now puts us as one of only 30 teams left in the Na­tional Holden Scram­ble Tour­na­ment,” Coulsen said.

“It feels amaz­ing and each one of us is very ex­cited to have a shot at win­ning the next level which would su­per­sede any of our ex­pec­ta­tions.

“At the mo­ment it’s still sink­ing in that we have made it this far.”

Coulsen and his team are just the sec­ond team from Gayndah to make it this far in the Holden Scram­ble.

“Steve Trott and a group of other guys did it in the late 1990s so sta­tis­ti­cally I’d say this is pretty good what we have achieved,” Coulsen said.

“About half­way through the round we were where we thought we should be and you play as a sin­gle group so you don’t know how oth­ers are go­ing.

“We had a fig­ure in mind based on what the North­ern Re­gional champs scores, which was 20 un­der par, with four holes to play we were 10 un­der and worked out that we needed a birdie on each of the last four holes to put us close.

“We man­aged to do that and sneak home with the last birdie so we had a feel­ing we were in the ball park.”

When they were an­nounced as win­ners Coulsen said they were still stunned and ex­cited.

“Jeremy jumped up out of his chair,” Coulsen said.

“We are all ex­cited and are pick­ing up the clubs ev­ery af­ter­noon to keep on our game.”

The next leg in the Holden Scram­ble will be held at Twin Wa­ters from Novem­ber 25–28.

“There will be teams com­pet­ing from Kal­go­or­lie to Bro­ken Hill and ev­ery­where in be­tween,” Coulsen said.

“The tour­na­ment started with 6500 play­ers and is now down to the last 120 play­ers who make up the 30 teams. All of us have com­mit­ted to go­ing.”

The Gayndah team was selected after they won the Gayndah Holden Scram­ble Tour­na­ment and are now eye­ing the na­tional round.

At the mo­ment it’s still sink­ing in that we have made it this far — Mick Coulsen

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

WIN­NERS: Matt Zill­man, Shaun Allen, Jeremy Zahl and Mick Coul­son made a win­ning team.

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