Bundy four set for scramble
By VINCE HABERMANN
REUBEN Harrap, Chris Schultz and Keith and Julie Whalley will create a bit of history when they compete in the national final of the Holden Scramble at Novatel, Twin Waters this weekend.
They will become the first Bundaberg team to contest the Scramble final in its 14 years, lining up as one of 26 Australian and six New Zealand combinations.
Harrap said he had "played a bit of golf with Keith in the past'' but it was not until the week before the local Scramble round that Bundaberg club-mate Whalley had asked him to play with himself and his wife, whom he had never met before.
"The local event was a three-person ambrose and we qualified as the second team at Bargara,'' Harrap said.
"Then at the regionals, everyone was joined by a pro, and as we played at Bargara, Chris came on board at Ridges against 23 other teams from Emerald, Mackay, Bundaberg and Gladstone, and I was absolutely surprised to go to the regional final, let alone win it.
"Now from 45,000 amateur players from Australia and New Zealand this year who entered it, to go to the national final is a buzz for us all.''
The weekend will kick off with a practice round today on the course, before the first and second rounds unfold tomorrow, and after that Harrap said it was everyone's ambition to qualify for the top 16 teams and move into Monday's final, when the bottom half go into a consolation draw.
"If you make the play-offs you go from a team of four to five, and get joined by a top professional - Peter Lonard is one who is pencilled in to be there, along with two or three Americans, and we want top 16.
"To see a professional up close and personal is probably something that will not come in any of our lives ever again.''
Harrap said they were also very appreciative of the support of their sponsors Ross Gray Holden, Bundaberg Rum, Salmat Bundaberg and Bundaberg and Bargara golf clubs .