The victorious team of Lisa-Maree Jones, Lara Forster, Wendy Edmiston and Brooke O’Keeffe are expecting a heroes welcome at Nudgee Golf Club after taking out the Women’s Scramble Championship Final at Sanctuary Cove on Thursday.
Led by 2016 champion with Balaklava Golf Club, Chris Duke, the Nudgee women’s team saw their overnight lead of five shots eaten away on the final day as both Mosman Park Golf Club and Lucindale Country Club made their charge.
After kicking off their final round with ‘Red’ by Taylor Swift, the team switched the playlist mid-round to AC/DC.
It helped to ignite a charge around the turn that saw them return a score of 61 for nett 55.3 and a total of 48.1-under par for the three days at The Palms Golf Course on the Gold Coast.
With a nett score of 53 in Round 3 Lucindale claimed second spot at 45-under par with Mosman Park third at 41.4-under.
In what has been a year of significant achievements at Nudgee, the Scramble champs believe they have saved the best until last.
“Ticker tape parade,” said Lara.
“Red carpet,” added Wendy.
“Honorary or lifetime membership, surely,” said Brooke.
With just two birdies in their first eight holes, the Nudgee team needed a spark as they moved into the back nine.
They got a boost with a birdie for a nett eagle on nine and then made eagle when Brooke chipped in from 40 metres out at the par-5 10th.
“There was a bit of indecision about clubs and the like,” Chris said of their third shot on 10.
“Brooke stepped up and said she would go first and proceeded to chip it straight in.
“Never looked like missing as soon as it left the clubface.”
“I used a sand wedge and thought that there was a little ridge behind the hole so I could be aggressive because if it went long it was going to roll back,” said Brooke.
“Checked perfectly, released and straight in the centre of the cup. Best shot all day.”
And while the celebrations might not quite meet the expectations of the team members, Chris has no doubt there will be some form of welcome party waiting for them back at Nudgee.
“The support from all the club members and the staff members as well has been magnificent, they’ve all been very keen viewers this week,” he said.
“Plenty of support on the way in, a heap of encouragement and so it’s great to be able to take this trophy back and celebrate with everyone at Nudgee.”
In the Women’s Consolation Final, Rossdale Golf Club’s nett score of 56.8 saw them pip defending champions Launceston by just 0.3 of a shot with Muirfield Golf Club third with a score of 57.9.
Photos: Jason O’Brien