When you have spent the past 20 years covering golf tournaments throughout Australia, you have just about seen it all. Superstar performances, contentious rulings and dramatic collapses down the stretch are all part and parcel of trying to bring the drama of Australia’s premier tournaments across the airwaves to radio listeners around the country. But for Graeme Bond, the Golf Link Cup is a golf tournament with a difference. The major one? He’s in it.
Eager to keep tabs on how members from your club or golf mates from across the country are progressing in the Golf Link Cup? From Friday, when someone you are following posts a new score in the Golf Link Cup you will receive an e-mail notification the following morning letting you know exactly how they have fared. You will also receive an e-mail notification when a round you have played is updated on the leaderboard.
Few sports have spawned as many inspirational and entertaining quotes than golf. The literary genius of Mark Twain was responsible for two of them, referring to golf as a “good walk spoiled” and this: "It is good sportsmanship not to pick up lost balls while they are still rolling." Everyone has their own personal favourite and we asked their sponsored touring professionals for the golf words of wisdom that they live by.
He may have a handy break on the rest of the Golf Link Cup competition but Norm Burd is not booking his flights to the National Final at Royal Melbourne just yet. First concern is to maintain his advantage over wife Rosemary and son Tim. Then there are his playing partners at Royal Fremantle Golf Club south of Perth who are doing their best to knock him off his perch.
I guess it’s partly our fault. Perhaps we should have rung Sally Eastwood ourselves to share the good news. As it was, one of her fellow members at Royal Hobart Golf Club down in Tasmania was the one to break it to her. So what’s it like when someone tells you that you are the No.1-ranked female golfer in Australia? “Somebody told me at golf the other day that I was fourth in Australia and I thought, What are you talking about? I didn't know about it and now I'm following it I'm quite excited,” Sally told us of her lofty position on the Golf Link Cup leaderboard.
Graeme Valler knows he is not taking full advantage of the capabilities of the Golf Link Mates program but he is happy to maintain his membership, just in case he decides to get serious about his golf. Graeme plays off a handicap of 16 at Pacific Dunes Golf Club in the Port Stephens region of New South Wales and as well as being a member of Golf Link Mates is ranked just outside the top 1,000 among the 33,000-odd golfers participating in the Golf Link Cup.
Your wonderful golf stories just keep flooding in and have made for great reading in at Golf Link Cup headquarters. We love all the stories you have shared with us thus far and this week we are giving you another opportunity to win a dozen HEX Black Tour golf balls courtesy of our friends at Callaway Golf. For the past two weeks we have asked you to share your golfing exploits – both good and bad – but this week we want you to turn your thoughts to your favourite golf courses. It might be a particularly favourite hole at your home course or a round on a world renowned course that you hold dear to this day. Quite simply, tell us about your favourite golf course and why it is so special to you.
He’s sitting atop the Golf Link Cup rankings midway through Week 5 so it should come as little surprise that Robert Jennings from Commonwealth Golf Club in Melbourne is one of our first monthly winners. Monthly winners were determined by using their total cumulative scores over the course of the month and Robert’s 13 rounds to date – all at his wonderful home course – have all delivered positive Golf Link Cup point scores and his tally of 154,480 was well clear of the 33,400 other competitors taking part across Australia.
When we asked you to tell us your worst horror story on the golf course we had no idea we would be inundated with so many tales of terror. We sincerely hope that by sharing these stories with fellow Golf Link Cup participants it has given you all some closure and confined any golfing demons to your distant past. We had a great time going through all the stories you shared but the Tournament Director’s favourite was this one from Terry Robinson:
It is referred to as “Glory’s Last Shot” and the final and often maligned major of the year has experienced something of a rebirth in recent years. With innovative course selections by the PGA of America and arguably the strongest field in golf, the US PGA Championship has begun to forge a new identity as a place for exciting shot-making and where the next generation of superstars assert their presence on the old guard.