It would be difficult to imagine a longer journey than that from the sand greens and dirt fairways of Grawin Golf Club to the manicured surfaces of the world renowned Royal Melbourne.
And for Pam Yates, twice a club champion at the nine hole “Club in the Scrub” 70 km from Lightning Ridge, a trip to RM would be a dream come true.
The first Monday of series one of the 2013 Golf Link Cup and I felt I had to celebrate the new season of TWO Golf Link Cup qualifiers by getting out on the course and trying to generate some positive Golf Link Cup points for myself.
So I called my friend (22 handicap from Commonwealth GC) and we headed for the club that signed the most participants for the 2012 Golf Link Cup, Southern Golf Club.
Things move fast in the Golf Link Cup. When we spoke to Ken Rampling late yesterday afternoon he was leading the competition. By the time we uploaded our story this morning, he was back in fourth place.
Still, Ken would no doubt be pretty happy with his position considering the competition is barely three days old.
The greatest names in world golf have often assembled at Royal Melbourne to engage in head-to-head combat and last year the best female players in the world were given their first taste of Royal Melbourne’s splendours. In part two of our feature on the host of the Golf Link Cup National Final, we look back on a number of the high-profile tournaments that have captured the imaginations of players and spectators alike.
Her bountiful curves have enticed, enthralled and confounded the world’s best golfers for the past 100 years and when the eight finalists of the Golf Link Cup step onto the first tee at Royal Melbourne Golf Club’s West Course on Monday they will add a personal chapter to a rich history of tournament play at the famed venue. Although major professional tournaments such as the Presidents Cup, Australian Open and Heineken Classic (to name just three) have been played over various incarnations of Royal Melbourne’s Composite Course, the Golf Link Cup finalists will feel the same nerves as they grace the West Course’s first hole, a par 4 of 392 metres.
Some of the very best courses in the country delivered the best scores in the third and final month of the inaugural Golf Link Cup. In fact in A Grade, the top two performers both came from Metropolitan Golf Club on the Melbourne sandbelt, ranked No.10 in the country in the most recent Top 100 ranking by Australian Golf Digest.
The success of the Golf Link Cup could not have been possible without the support of the more than 1,000 golf clubs across Australia who have had members participating in club competitions to post Golf Link Cup points. To reward those who supported the Golf Link Cup most we offered $5000 to the golf club with the most registered participants and the club with the highest average eligible rounds per golfer, with $2500 for the club and $2500 for the pro shop.
The race to be named the inaugural Golf Link Cup champion has been whittled down from more than 35,000 golfers to just eight with the national finalists announced following the close of competition on Tuesday. The top two qualifiers from A, B and C Grade all advance to the National Final at Royal Melbourne on November 5 and will be joined by the top two performing ladies from the Golf Link Cup.