Shelly Beach Golf Club can rightfully claim to be the biggest Scramble venue in the country after another record field assembled on the weekend for their mixed event.
The last month has been all about the Volkswagen Scramble at Shelly Beach with 104 players teeing it up in the women’s Volkswagen Scramble on the 30th January. This was a huge boost in field numbers, well up on last year’s total of 60.
“I went to the ladies committee and mentioned that if we can get to 24 teams, 96 players, then we can qualify two teams through to the state final,” said Jason Hart, PGA Pro and Director of Golf at Shelly Beach.
“They got right behind the event and especially local leading amateur Kim Burke who was really great at promoting our event through facebook.”
Not only will Shelly Beach have the top-2 teams from the their event progress through to the state final, they had a team travel to neighbouring Gosford Golf Club to compete in another local event.
They managed to take out the day and will now join their fellow club members at Riverside Oaks on 20 March to compete for a chance to make the Championship Final at Twin Waters on the Sunshine Coast in May.
The weekend’s mixed event also saw an increase in players on previous years with an impressive 240 players turned out on the Sunday.
Running the event with two shotgun starts and playing in groups of eight, Hart still believes there’s a chance to increase that number next season.
“We like playing the day in groups of eight, just to make sure that everyone is comfortable with scores being marked by another team. This gave us 15 groups of eight which means I can technically still add another 24 players out there on the other holes,” added Hart.
With 240 players, Shelly Beach will now have four mixed teams progressing to next month’s regional finals, joining the three women’s teams in a quest to reach the Championship Final.
“We have had a good history of getting teams through to the Championship Final so our members certainly see that as a motivating factor in coming out to compete in our local event,” continued Hart.
“I’ve managed to make it through to the Championship Final four times myself and I can certainly tell you it’s a great experience up there.”
Shelly Beach run both their Women’s and Mixed Volkswagen Scrambles purely due to membership demand for golfing events. Members were permitted to add one guest to their team this year but that only saw a total of 12 guests play across both days, showing that the members at Shelly Beach do come out in support of events at the club.
The club always provides great value to their members and for just a $45 entry fee and with the added support of their local Volkswagen dealer, Central Coast Volkswagen all the players enjoyed a lunch or dinner during presentations plus a chance to share in over $1,500 worth of prizes.