The Amateur Golf Challenge – a new initiative that gives ordinary club golfers the chance of winning up to $500 for breaking their handicap in a club competition – seems to be a good way to spice up the local Saturday comp.
You just choose to put in $10 or $20 and enter a regular club competition (any event that affects your GA handicap via Golflink) and if you break your handicap your are paid in vouchers redeemable at major outlets – like Drummond Golf, major retailers and even Flight Centre)
From our story:
“AGC is open to all golfers with a GA handicap and Golf Link number and can be entered anytime at
http://www.playagc.com.au. Golfers can choose between a $10 and $20 entry and with each option, players are guaranteed to win at least 5 x their entry fee for beating their handicap. However, the amount won can be up to $500, as winners will also take home an equal share of the daily prize pool.”
I’m no mathematician but it seems like good odds if you are currently feeling good about your golf game – you just need to break your handicap once in five games to remain even (I think.)
You do have to sign up to make regular payments before each game but can opt out at any stage.
I’m going to give it a try and see how it pans out.
The AGC reminds me a little of the “Super Shot” nearest the pin jackpot we have on the par three 7th hole at my local club (Jamberoo Golf Club). You can choose to put in $2 to enter and closest to the pin wins the jackpot (minus a small administrative fee for the club). The jackpot is regularly over $200 and – just like the AGC probably – just adds a bit of interest and spice when you are teeing it up on the 7th.
This my understanding of how it works. For a $20 entry you are guaranteed $80 so you need to beat your handicap every forth time you playagc to guarantee you break even but you also get a share of the kitty. If the average win was $160 you would have to break your handicap once in every 8 games to just break even. They also charge $10 to redeem a $100 gift card. You would need to be incredibly lucky to get a $500 win. I have never seen anyone win more than $200 on a particular day during the month i have been a member. I also worry it will encourage more sandbagging. In my opinion, if you've been practicing and your handicap is on the way down and you feel good about you're game its definitely worth a go but otherwise yes it does add some spice.
I think you’ve just about nailed it there. When it first started I had a look back over my results on Golflink – and I wasn’t going through a particularly good period form wise at the time - and worked out I would be lucky to break even, depending on the size of the kitty when you happened to beat your handicap. I think I had a go for a couple of comp games but then pulled out - because I wasn’t feeling confident with my game at the time and didn’t need the extra pressure (even if it is just in the back of your mind). From memory I think the last game it was a very windy quagmire and I thought I should have taken the time and paused it.
On the other hand, if I had of been taking part the last six weeks or so I would have had a great run - because I’m in the middle of a purple patch. But again it would depend on the size of the kitty. In my area there’s been mostly good weather and lots of run on the course – so you’d think there’d be lots of handicap breaking going on.
But it does add spice if that’s what you’re in to. Probably much better betting twenty bucks on yourself than putting it through the pokies – or some such.
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