Mixing it up with the best
GOLF: Kingaroy Golf Club has made a name for itself as one of the best pro amateur club teams in Australia.
Jon Francis, John van Schyndel, Tony Jenkins and Dave Ryan represented Kingaroy Golf Club at the recent Holden Scramble in Twin Waters and finished a respectable fourth place after three days of play.
The Kingaroy side played against 24 of the best teams from across Australia and New Zealand in the three-day 54 hole event.
Tony Jenkins has been playing golf at Kingaroy for 23 years and has been working towards making the final of the Holden Scramble for 20 years.
He said it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and was very proud of the result by his team.
The team were joined at Twin Waters by professional golfer Paul Williamson who provided guidance to the players throughout the championship and helped them qualify for the final.
In addition to playing, Williamson is also a coach and Jenkins said he was of great assistance to the team.
"We are only weekend hackers so he picked out our faults and if we work on those we can be better golfers,” Jenkins said.
"He kept saving us and it was good because he plays those courses all the time.”
The team struggled to adjust to the fast hard greens of the resort course on the first day of play and finished the day in a disappointing 14th position.
"It took us a while to get used to the bounce and the speed,” Jenkins said.
The team bounced back on the second day to claim seventh position.
Going into the last day, the top 12 teams were entitled to have another professional golfer added to their team.
As there were not enough professional golfers for each team Richard Green and Craig Parry assisted the team at two of the holes.
The team continued their rise up the ladder of the third day to finish in fourth position.
It was a close competition with the team 0.3 of a shot off third place.
"We were proud of ourselves not to give up after a slow start,” Jenkins said.
"It was a great effort to not give up and to go from 14th to fourth when most teams went backwards.”
The team are thankful for the support of the Kingaroy Golf Club and John Dundas Holden.
The Holden Scramble has become Australia's largest and most successful pro-amateur teams event.