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Golf Australia Express : December 2012
2012: A BELLY OF LAUGHS ED’S WELCOME EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Damian Shutie email@example.com SENIOR WRITER Adrian Ballantyne EDITORIAL TEAM Adrian Ballantyne Will Hone Damian Shutie CONTACT US EDITORIAL - firstname.lastname@example.org ADVERTISING - email@example.com OTG Mag is produced and published by OTG Media Pty. Ltd © 2012 All Rights Reserved IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE, the year is already coming to an end. (Although I seem to say that every 12 months.) Despite the Emirates Australian Open and Australian PGA Championship still to be played this month, it has been a remarkable year of golf to reflect on. As far as highlights go, I can't look past Europe's stunning Ryder Cup comeback at Medinah in September—more thrilling golf I cannot recall witnessing. (Thank you Poults.) We saw the emergence of some more young stars, with Lydia Ko becoming the youngest LPGA Tour winner in history, while a 14-year- old Chinese lad named Guan Tianlang qualified for next year's Masters at Augusta. Tiger Woods well and truly proved he's back with three wins and a rise to the No.2 ranking, as Rory McIlroy stamped his authority as the best in the world at just 23 years old. Looking back, a lot happens in a golf season. No doubt the biggest controversy of the season continues to be the feud over the belly putter. And with the R&A recently announcing it will make much-anticipated changes to the use of bellies and broomsticks, the saga could get messy before it gets clean. Some say the longer flatstick should be banned altogther; others are equal in the defence of it remaining in the game. As this month's cover story, we delve into the debate, explain the proposed rule change and when it'll likely come into effect. And speaking of bellies, it's not long until Santa comes knocking. Check out some of the coolest products inside in our Christmas Wish List. You're sure to find something to make you smile on Christmas Day. And being the month of giving and receiving, Will Hone also takes a look at charity and the positive role golf plays in raising funds for various not-for-profits. It just might make you feel better about conceding the 3-footer during your next round with a mate. Here's wishing you a happy and safe Christmas, and a heartfelt thank you for continuing to support OTG. See you on the green. DAMIAN SHUTIE Editor-in-Chief firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @OTGmag PHOTOGRAPHY BY The Ghost Spider was hidden on Slide 36 of the OTG November Issue. Congratulations to.... You've won this Taylormade Ghost Spider S Putter! Neville Lee-Archer, VIC Ghost Spider S Comp