Master your game in new competition
THE Masters at Augusta is almost upon us and now we really feel the golf season will get going -- so what are you doing to improve your game?
One way of putting the focus on reducing your handicap is to enter our 'Most Improved Golfer' competition, coming to you courtesy of the Irish Independent, the GUI and the Carton House Golf Resort.
The competition was a huge hit last year, with 6,500 GUI members entering and challenging themselves to make it into the top 40 that played the National Final in October.
Our overall winner of a cracking final was Gary Brett of Claremorris, who played off one handicap. He had started the year off 5.1 and got down to a playing handicap of 1.1.
Category one winner was Woodbrook's Bryan McSweeney (scratch), while the other top finishers were David Brennan (West Waterford) in category two; Keith Sherwin of Bellewstown in category three; and Westport's Joe Kelly in category four.
This year's competition opens on April 1, and will run until September 5. Golfers can register any time up to July 31, and their scores from April 1 will count for the competition.
Each Wednesday from April, the Irish Independent will publish the updates of golfers who have lowered their handicap. After September 5, the top 10 in each handicap category go forward to the National Final at Carton House. The date for the final will be announced in the near future.
To register for the competition, log on to www.golfnet.ie and make sure you're in.
Interesting to note that Paul Fitzgerald of Balcarrick has already reduced his handicap from 21.6 to 17.4 after shooting a massive 48 points on March 20.
Well done Paul. Unfortunately the competition only opens from April 1, so the 48 points won't count -- but keep up the good form.