Amateur golfers win up to $500 just for breaking your handicap

Don’t worry, if you sign up to the Amateur Golf Challenge you won’t be competing against Rickie Fowler … just other club golfers. Fowler is pictured because Cobra Puma Golf has come onboard as a major sponsor of the initiative
Don’t worry, if you sign up to the Amateur Golf Challenge you won’t be competing against Rickie Fowler … just other club golfers. Fowler is pictured because Cobra Puma Golf has joined on as a major sponsor of the initiative

THE new Amateur Golf Challenge (AGC) which gives club golfers the chance to win up to $500 just for breaking their handicaps seems to be gaining momentum with thousands of Aussie golfers said to have joined up.

The AGC is a reasonably simple concept but is said to be a world first that is also attracting a number of sponsors and partners.

The challenge gives everyday club golfers the opportunity to reward their efforts on the course with cash vouchers to redeem at a host of leading retailers.

Golfers just to need to sign on and then break their handicap in a normal club competition to get a share of the cash.

AGC founder and former Golf Professional Rob Hoath believes the fact any standard of club golfer can win is the key to the program’s popularity.

“We love amateur competition golf and wanted to make it even more exciting and rewarding for golfers,” Hoath said.

“We also wanted to level the playing field and give all grades of golfer an equal chance of winning something. Based on the feedback of our customers to date, we have certainly achieved this.”

AGC is open to all golfers with a GA handicap and Golf Link number and can be entered anytime at 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.

Once entered into the AGC there is nothing more the golfer needs to do but simply play competition golf as they normally would. AGC verify the results with Golf Link for all clubs across Australia and notifies all winners accordingly.

Hoath said AGC had joined with partners that allowed golfers to reward themselves and their families with practical everyday purchases.

“Golfers can instantly spend their winnings at any of our retail partners including Drummond Golf, Woolworths, BWS, Caltex, iTunes and David Jones,” Hoath said.

“Alternatively golfers can save their winnings up and redeem for bigger value items such as a holiday with Flight Centre. Imagine getting enough money together to get yourself over to The Masters or the British Open?

“Golf Clubs are not forgotten either, as golfers can also spend their winnings within their local clubs, as long as there club is registered with AGC.”

Since launching earlier this year AGC has also attracted attention from the golfing industry and recently struck a deal with Cobra Puma Golf to come onboard as the major sponsor.

“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Cobra Puma Golf and we are very excited about our planned initiatives launching soon to further reward our members,” Hoath said.

Wanting to give back to the Community as a whole, AGC confirmed it is an official supporter of the Adam Scott Foundation. A portion of all entry fees received would go directly to them.

“This is a great Foundation with a strong focus on giving to disadvantaged kids. We felt our members, like us, would be very happy to support this great cause,” Hoath said.

Golfers can enter the AGC now at www.playagc.com.au

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Brian is a former Sydney journalist who didn’t have a skerrick of interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded Australian Senior Golfer in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association.

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