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TOP TIPS: Grafton Golf Club professional Mark Harvison gives some handy tips to Steve Casson ahead of the Holden Scramble on Saturday. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK
TOP TIPS: Grafton Golf Club professional Mark Harvison gives some handy tips to Steve Casson ahead of the Holden Scramble on Saturday. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK

AUSTRALIA'S largest amateur golf event, the Holden Scramble, is set for its 23rd appearance in Grafton.

"It is a unique event because it gives people from Grafton an opportunity to play at a corporate level," Steve Casson, dealer-principal of long-term supporter Ken Casson Holden, said.

Each member of the winning team will get a new Callaway golf bag, and prizes down to fifth and six Callaway balls for every competitor. The top two qualify for the regional final at Bonville on October 27 with the lucrative Championship finals at Twin Waters Resort on the Sunshine Coast, December 5-8.

"There's always a fine line between getting through to the next stage or not," Grafton professional Mark Harvison said.

"Three times Grafton has had teams miss the national final by 1/8th of a shot."

An elimination-style team ambrose event, the Holden Scramble is all about tactics, including team selection. Harvison believes the team of Neil Hayward, Darly Toms, Carol Toms and Kate Thomson has the right balance.

"The big advantage is they have two long hitters from the ladies tees," Harvison said.

Teams to watch include club champion Matt Worthing with Craig Woods, Paul Ensby and Bill Newman, while Jesse and Ricky Boffey have big-hitting C-graders Luke Worthing and Bill North in the mix.

A total of 150 players will hit the course with shotgun starts at 7.15am and 12pm. Some spots are still available.

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