Chris Syrett is a numbers man when it comes to golf. He joined Golf Link Mates last year because he like the statistics programme that came with it.
Now Chris is adding up the bonus of his name being drawn as the winner of the 2013 Golf Link Cup Series Two Mates prize – an all expenses paid trip to the amazing Mission Hills in China for two.
“Just wow,” was Chris' reaction when we caught up with him after he found out about the prize.
“You never expect to win these things. I knew the prize was on offer but it never entered my head that it might be my name that was drawn.
It's hard to imagine how life might have got better for Kingswood Golf Club's Brian Lewin. A few years ago Brian convinced his wife, Linda, it would be a good idea for him to give up work to look after their children three days a week. And play golf the other two.
“It was a pretty nifty piece of negotiating, even if I do say so myself,” says Brian. And it's worked out well because Brian, who is already living what most men would consider a dream, topped it off this week by winning his way to the Golf Link Cup final at Royal Melbourne next month.
With the end of Series Two of the 2013 Golf Link Cup comes a prize bonanza as we hand out some fabulous goodies to our highest achievers over the course of the last 15 weeks.
Those who finished first and second in their Grades to make the National Final will also receive the top two prizes in the series long race which means in A Grade Andrea Marsden receives a $1000 Go Golfing golf holiday while runner-up Rod Oudshoorn takes home a a set of Callaway X Hot ST irons valued at $849.
It's funny what can happen when you find a few fairways. Our final weekly A Grade winner Garry Ives can attest to that.
The 7 marker from Wyong Golf Club in NSW had a hot week with the driver last week and racked up three of his best rounds in months.
“I've been playing for 10 years but only really started using a driver the last three or four,” says Garry, who has won a 12 month subscription to Australian Golf Digest.
There'll be some happy youngsters at Coolangatta Tweed heads Golf Club next year after the Northern NSW facility took out the $2500 prize for signing up the most new Golf Link Cup entrants for Series Two of 2013.
Club Director and Junior Coordinator Andrew Boulter said he was overjoyed when given the news the club had won the money.
“We really take our junior program seriously and it was just so exciting when we received the news that we had won,” he said.
When he put finger to keyboard to relay a tragic golf tale back in August Barry Deller never realised what a chain of events he would start.
Proudly clutching three new Callaway Mack Daddy 2 wedges at his home course last week, the story finally came full circle.
Barry won our special story telling competition in August when we gave away three new wedges for the best short game story.
These weren't just any wedges, though. These were the same wedges Phil Mickelson used to win the Open at Muirfield.
And they were personally stamped with Barry's initials by the man who designed them, legendary clubmaker Roger Cleveland.
He's only 14 but already our National C Grade third place getter for Week 14 has learnt a valuable lesson about goals.
Having taken the game up at Christmas this year, Nick Higginbottom had a goal of playing off 25 by the end of the year. Already down to 29, he's now adjusted that figure downwards.
“I think I'll aim for 18 instead,” he said. “I've been playing well lately and hitting a lot of fairways so my scores have been good and my handicap is coming down.
“The best parts of my game are chipping and putting so when I hit the fairway a lot I can usually score petty well.”
Helen Farrar hasn't yet decided what to spend her $1000 TAG Heuer shopping voucher on but with the company's newest boutique opening in her home city of Brisbane last week making a decision should be somewhat easier.
Helen, an 18 marker at Royal Queensland Golf Club, has been saving the voucher since she won it in July and was planning to peruse TAG Heuer's Sydney boutique while on a golf trip this month.
“Now I think I will have to visit both before I make a final decision,” Helen said when we caught up with her this week.
“They have such lovely watches and I think that is what I will be looking for but something else might catch my eye.
“With a new store in Brisbane I might have to make a few visits!”
If you're looking for an incentive to improve your golf our Month Three A Grade Northern Territory winner David Page has an idea: have a bet with your golf mate about who can get to 10 first.
David's mate Ray (who is still playing off 12) will soon have the pleasure of buying newly minted 9.6 marker David a nice steak dinner at Darwin's Ten Litchfield restaurant.
And among the dinner topics Ray will have to endure will not only be a blow by blow account of how Dave got to 10 but also how he topped the entire state in A Grade in Month Three of the Golf Link Cup.
Some people spend a lifetime playing golf and never get below a double digit handicap. Julia Bowen is not one of those people.
Julia, originally from England though a 30 year resident of Australia, took up golf in March of 2001. By October that year she was off 16, by Christmas down to 10. These days she plays off 2 though you wouldn't rule out scratch or even plus figures if history is anything to go by.
“Some people have described me as driven,” she agrees with a laugh. “I play a lot and practise a lot and work hard at it.