Josh Munday nicely captured the spirit of our underdog theme as set in last week's story telling challenge and for his troubles he wins a dozen Callaway HEX Black Tour golf balls.
The 16-year-old has been hooked on the game ever since he was introduced to it by his mm's step dad 12 months ago.
Along with good mate Liam the pair can often be found at the Humpty Doo course working on their games and as you will see it's paying off.
Before you read Josh's story, however, we need to set the challenge that will earn another lucky Golf Link Cup participant a dozen free Callaway balls next week.
Our A Grade National winner this week once took a 25 year break from the game. That's not completely unheard of, but returning to play off a handicap of better than scratch, and considering a career on the Senior Tour, most certainly is.
Matt Harrington was hooked on golf as a teenager. He and his mates would hit balls before and after school every day and by the time he was 16 he was down to a 7 handicap.
“That was with the old persimmon and blades so it wasn't bad,” Matt says now. “I was really into it, wanted to be a golf pro and everything.”
Then life came along and for a variety of reasons, work among them, Matt stopped playing. Completely.
“I didn't pick up a club for 25 years, at least,” he says. “I never even gave the game a thought. I was too busy working and living and golf just wasn't a part of it in any way.”
It's been a case of two steps forward and one step back for our National Monthly C Grade runner-up Paul Harmer.
Paul, a 23-marker at Victoria's RACV Country Club, only came back to the game after a near 20 year lay-off in January.
Completely hooked, he was frustrated at how much worse his game was than he remembered and booked a series of lessons with Professional Brent German at Albert Park.
In our last story telling competition we asked for examples of golfers who had gone above and beyond the call of duty.
Our inspiration was Western Australia's Brady Watt who, despite being beaten in the semi finals of the US Amateur by good friend Oliver Goss, agreed to caddy for his mate the next day in the final.
Such acts define the spirit of golf and Pakenham Golf Club's Mick Boyd came through with his story of introducing a friend to the game who went on to quickly become one of the most tireless volunteers at the club.
You can read Mick's story below but before we come to that it's time to set our next story telling assignment and this one is inspired by the European Solheim Cup team.
Whether it was the tips from his mate Ian Tickle or the four consecutive days of golf at the Yamba Vets week last month something has definitely clicked for our Week Nine C Grade National winner David Pettigrew.
The 28 marker from Coolangatta Tweed Heads was only mildly surprised when we rang to confirm his win as he has amassed some pretty impressive scores in recent weeks.
“Ever since I came back from Yamba it's all been going great,” says 67-year-old David. “Maybe it was playing four consecutive days that did it.
“But I know my mate will want to take the credit for it. He's ben trying to help me for ages and it might finally be starting to sink in.”
“Hole in one, dent in the other.” This clever quip by a Golf Link staffer during the judging of the Callaway Mack Daddy 2 wedge give away perfectly summed up our winning entry from Barry Deller.
Barry's story, one of more than 160 entered, beautifully encapsulates he agony and ecstasy that is golf.
Within minutes of registering his first ever hole in one Barry, still in shock from the feat, stepped onto the next tee and hit a shank.
The ball flew dead right and over a boundary fence onto the road, hitting a car. Barry's car, to be precise.
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.