With Regional Finals of the 2019/2020 season still ongoing, the 2020/2021 Volkswagen Scramble season officially got underway on August 1 and already clubs are reporting significant increases in participation compared to recent seasons.

Golf’s
ability to largely continue throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has brought former
golfers back to the fold and encouraged new players to try their hand at the
game, the format of the Volkswagen Scramble proving appealing to newcomers and
experienced campaigners alike.

A prolific
host of Volkswagen Scramble events, Tropics Golf Club in Townsville has staged
one of five Scrambles they intend to conduct this season and are already seeing
an influx of new participants.

“One of our
members, Chris Webster, entered a team with three of the star representative
indoor cricket players from up this way,” said Tropics Golf Club General
Manager and PGA Professional Matt Duke.

“Like many sports
they have been unable to play indoor cricket during this time so they decided
to join the golf club. We have had quite a few new members join from other
sports and the Volkswagen Scramble was a great chance to play as a team in a fun
but competitive environment.

“The numbers of people playing the past few months has been fantastic and I’ve got no doubt we will see that reflected in the remaining Scrambles we’ll be hosting the rest of the season.”

Another club
quick to get their Volkswagen Scramble season underway was Port Macquarie Golf
Club on the New South Wales mid north coast.

PGA
Professional James Single has been hosting local events at Port Macquarie since
2014 and now has his best chance to see a team progress to the Championship
Final.

In previous
years Port Macquarie has not reached the required number of players to qualify
three teams for the Regional Final but the upsurge in golf interest and a
format change will see four Port Macquarie teams advance to the next stage.

“We normally
always play in groups of eight under a shotgun start and it has worked well in
the past,” Single said.

“This year
we decided to try a two-tee start and we were able to fit way more players on
the course and the speed of play was the same.

“Previously
we have never been able to reach the entry numbers where the top three teams go
away to the Regional Final but this year we had 212 entries and will be sending
four teams through next year.”

The winning
team from Port Macquarie are also in the running now to skip the Regional Final
completely and advance straight to the Championship Final.

For the
first time in the 29-year history of the Volkswagen Scramble, every event that
runs before December 31 goes into the draw to fast-track to the Championship Final,
with one lucky team skipping the Regional Finals and going straight to the
all-expenses paid decider.

Individuals
also have extra incentive to play in as many Scrambles as possible with every
entry to put you into the draw to become the Volkswagen Scramble Ambassador and
receive Callaway equipment and Adidas apparel worth $7,000.

“Planning
events has obviously been difficult in 2020 but the new season of the
Volkswagen Scramble is a great way for clubs to bring people together safely,”
said PGA of Australia Events Manager Louise Meagher.

“The
indications from the early events that have already been held is that we are
headed for record participation numbers and there is no reason why clubs can’t
host multiple events over the course of the season.

“Tropics
Golf Club is planning to host five local events this season; it would be great
to see other clubs try to match that number.

“We’ve seen
an influx of new players come to golf in the past few months and what better
way to ensure we keep them by playing as part of a Volkswagen Scramble team.”

The 2020/2021 season of the Volkswagen Scramble runs from August 1 until March 8, 2021. To enter a team at a local event or host a Scramble event visit www.vwscramble.com.au.

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