When she first came to Hervey Bay in Queensland seven years ago our Week Nine B Grade winner Shirley Robins took a little time to adjust to the golf.
Coming from the sand greens of Cummins, near Port Lincoln in South Australia, the North Queensland game presented somewhat more lush conditions.
“In Cummins the only grass we had was what popped up out of the ground occasionally,” she said.
In Sydney Rod Walsh is a bit of a celebrity, though not for his golf. Walsh is best known as the son in the “Little Doer” carpet store TV commercials of the 1990's where he and his dad became famous for the catchphrase: “Tell 'em the price, son.”
While he's still “tellin' 'em the price”, Rod also finds time to play a bit of golf. Quite a bit, actually.
Three times a week Rod can sometimes be found at his home club of Oatlands indulging in what has become his greatest passion after giving up hockey some 16 years ago.
They say that whatever activity you pursue you get out of it what you put into it and Bayview Golf Club Lady Captain Di Hoschke is proof.
Di set about winning $2,500 for the club's junior program a month ago after seeing a story on the Golf Link Cup website and while she refuses to take any direct personal credit for it the truth is that last week she steered the club across the line.
Susan Chapman's father still plays golf twice a week but what he can't believe is that his daughter now plays three times a week.
Susan grew up in a golfing family but the game, for whatever reason, never really took a hold of her. Until she retired nine years ago.
“My husband (Paul) was playing three times a week and I decided I needed an interest as well so I signed up for a clinic,” she says.
“Within a week I had Paul out shopping for clubs and buggies and all the gear. I was hooked. Immediately.”
Many golfers follow an older sibling or parent into the game but for 15-year-old Chase Ballard it was the opposite.
The 8-marker from South Australia's Port Augusta Golf Club started playing after his little brother tried the game five years ago and he's been hooked ever since.
Chase, who ran third in A Grade nationally this week, says he took to golf immediately because of the range of challenges it presents.
“Every course is different and every shot is different,” he says. “Even when you play the same course all the time you never have the same shot twice and that's what I like most about it.”
Chase says nothing specific has led to a recent run of good form, just “one of those runs” you sometimes have in golf.
“Beware the wounded golfer” the old saying goes though in Rod Prior's case it is more “Beware the recovering golfer”.
Prior, a 65-year-old retiree from Waverly Golf Club in Melbourne, took out second place in this week's National C grade results and credits his two excellent rounds last week to finally beginning to recover from shoulder surgery last year – as well as watching golf on TV.
Having only joined a golf club for the first time 10 years ago Prior has hovered between a mid teens and low 20's handicap for most of his time at the game.
“It's like Disneyland for grown-ups,” Lee Westwood once said of Augusta National. “I completely agree,” says 2013 Golf Link Cup Mates major prize winner Lynne Girvan.
Lynne, an 18-marker from Lakelands Golf Club on the Gold Coast, came up trumps in the Series One Mates draw last year and won a Masters trip for two with Elite Sporting Tours.
We caught up with Lynne, who took fellow golfer Rob along with her to the US, not long after she came off the course during the Wednesday practise round.
Obviously overwhelmed by the experience, Lynne said Augusta National was nothing like what she had expected.
Angie Gregory returned from her first ever golf specific holiday last week to be greeted with the news that she has won another one.
The 58-year-old 10-marker from Western Australia Golf Club in Perth won the prize for best B Grade score nationally for Month One of the 2014 Golf Link Cup and now has a $1000 Go Golfing holiday to look forward to.
Angie amassed an impressive 142,636 Golf Link Cup points over the four weeks, more than 21,000 points ahead of nearest rival Graham Black of Queensland.