It might not be the highest profile prize in the Golf Link Cup rotation but it is undoubtedly among the most important.
Each Series the Golf Link Cup awards $2500 to the club which signs up the most new entrants but there is a caveat – the winning club has to devote the money to junior golf.
In Series one of 2013 The Grange Golf Club in South Australia took out the prize after signing up 200 new entrants. So far in Series Two it is Sydney's Pymble Golf Club showing the way with 129 new entrants to date.
Having never had a formal lesson, a 12 month subscription to Australian Golf Digest is exactly what the doctor ordered for this week's National B Grade winner Joe Polomski.
The 67-year-old 12 marker has been playing golf for more than 50 years and had his handicap as low as four but never has any of his hard earned passed the way of a PGA professional.
“Right from the beginning I just taught myself and of course I've read a few books and a lot of golf magazines,” says Joe.
“This is the perfect prize for me...it gives me 12 months of things to work on in my swing!”
Want to play the wedges Phil plays, personally stamped with your own initials by the man who designed them? If the answer is yes there's only one way to get them - sign up for Australia's most innovative golf competition, the Golf Link Cup.
We’re giving away a set of three of Callaway’s newest short game scoring tools, the Mack Daddy 2 Wedges, designed by Roger Cleveland and used by Phil Mickelson to win the Open at Muirfield. The wedges aren't available at retail until September 1, but we’re giving you the opportunity to win them now.
Four days shy of his 15th birthday Tom Allan has posted the best result of his short golf career taking out third place in C Grade for Week Seven of the Golf Link Cup.
Tom, who only joined Green Acres Golf Club in Victoria in March, has been bitten hard by the golf bug this year playing every Saturday and Sunday with his brother and father.
He started off a 36 handicap but has already got that down to 28 and continues to head in the right direction.
We put out the call last week for your best “tales of two nines” and we came up trumps with winner Holger Hansen from the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria.
You'll see from Holger's story below how one great nine followed by one poor one can be quite costly but before we come to that it's time to set this week's assignment.
“When I was younger,” says 24-year-old Brodie Tieman, “I promised myself that one day, when I had done something I thought deserved it, I would buy myself a TAG Heuer watch.”
Thanks to the Golf Link Cup and TAG Heuer, that day has come sooner than Brodie thought.
Brodie won the TAG Heuer round of the month for July with a whopping 45 point score off a 12 handicap at his home course of Rosanna in Melbourne.
Pleased though he was with his effort, he never expected it would help fulfill a long held dream.
Our Week Six C Grade winner David Favoloro is nothing if not a survivor. Not only does he suffer both putting and chipping yips (he once 10 putted - yes, 10 putted - the 12th green at his home course at Manly in Sydney), he has just endured a bout of the shanks.
“It can be not much fun when that sort of thing happens,” says the now 31 marker of those times when he would wrack up 50 putts in a round.
“I switched to a broomstick putter a while back and that has really helped with the short putting though chipping is still a problem.
Phil Rooke thought he might have been jinxed for a while as you'll see from his story below. Phil, a seven marker at Gold Creek Country Club in Canberra, took out this week's story telling prize with his tale of woe and will soon be hitting a dozen brand new Callaway HEX Black Tour golf balls for his trouble.
We'll come to Phil's yarn in a moment but first we need to set this week's challenge and for inspiration we turn our attention to events at the US PGA Championship in New York.
The Oak Hill course was, as expected, set up difficult for the year's final major and that led to some interesting play to say the least.
Shane Floyd will be looking to continue some recent good form when he takes possession of a new Callaway X Hot driver for finishing 2nd in Month One of Series Two of the Golf Link Cup.
Shane will join a group of mates next month to tackle the Queensland mid-amateur championship at Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.
Shane, a 4 marker at Sydney's Cromer Golf Club, only came back to golf seriously 10 years ago after a 17 year break to pursue triathlons.
Consecutive rounds of good golf came as a welcome relief for Bruce Graham. The Horton Park member, who will be sporting a new Callaway X Series fitted cap thanks to his third place finish in C Grade for week 5, had been struggling with his game recently.
“With all the bad weather we've had up here in the last 12 months my golf really wasn't going very well at all,” the 64-year-old says.
“But it seems to have turned around a bit in the last couple of weeks. I put together three good scores in a row which hasn't happened for a while so I was pleased about that.