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And so ends Hacker2Hero: Race to PING...

And so with the beginning of March comes the end of our latest Hacker2Hero run…

Thanks for all of you who took part in the competition and kept it to the spirit in which it was intended.

H2H was a lot of fun and an important experiment for us here at Golfmagic, from which we have learnt a lot about our readership and members. And in it, some 15 of you got to win some very good prizes indeed.

AND THE WINNER OF THE HACKER2HERO: RACE TO PING GRAND PRIZE IS...

Congratulations, Yorkey. You’re a credit to this forum and you’re a thoroughly deserving winner. You will be invited to PING HQ in the near future to be fitted out with a full set of the latest PING clubs, as well as playing a round at Gainsborough Golf Club and getting a tour of the PING factory – a prize bundle worth in excess of £1,500!

I will email you to discuss further details.

RUNNER-UP

Congratulations, PaddyJK, who wins a GT2 electric trolley courtesy of Stowamatic worth £500.

AND TAKING BRONZE

Congratulations to Chris Tandy, who will receive a GolfBuddy World GPS unit worth £300.

And there's still some monthly prizes to give away! Here are the winners for February...

Cheers Big Ears - who wins a PING G20 driver and some Srixon balls to hit with it.

Tiger Wes - who will receive a Rife rainbow finish putter and a PING duffel bag

Tak - who has earned a PING travel cover and an iSpyGolf Exclusive card to use when he takes it for a test run

Iceman Dave - who will be kept warm in his new Sunderland golf fleece, and when he gets home can watch the 2011 Open Championship official film

BigEasy94 - who can wear his new Glenmuir sweater while reading Rory McIlroy's biography

Congratualtions to all the winners. Email me alex@golfmagic.com with your postal address and we'll get the prizes to you as soon as we can.

Congratulations to all of our Hacker2Hero: Race to PING winners.

It's been emotional...

We'd also be very interested in hearing your feedback on the competition, so please use this thread to congratulate winners and give your views on the scheme. Constructive feedback only, please. We're all adults now...

Congrats to the winners !!!

Well what can i say? THANKYOU, many thanks to all at GM for sourcing such wonderful prizes, 15 GM members have now won some great golfing gear. The competition has had it's many knockers but also plenty of people who were willing to join in the spirit that was intended. A few members have abstained which was there choice, but on the flip side new members have joined and entered into the spirit of the competition. I for one feel the competition has been a great success, not only personally but for the forum as a whole, But I am sure there will be plenty of people along to disagree with this though. As you say it has been emotional, my wife would also testify to this, once again many thanks to all at GM, members and management alike for joining in and running such a great competition. PS. Did i say cheers Guys

I have to admit it had some good points, When I found golf magic it was originally to find reviews on a course, so if reviews have inreased then that will hopefully bring more.people here... However what kept me here was the honest and realistic forum.posts.  Other golf sites suffer from 300yard 3 wood syndrome that GM doesn't.  During H2H, im as guilty as anyone, posts were made for posts sake and added little to conversations.  Many of the threads degenerating into repitition and agreement.  On the plus side, interesting topics got many more comments faster than they normally would. 

Just want to add my comments to those of Alex, who deserves great credit - and I've told him personally - for managing the scheme and playing a key role in sourcing many of the prizes. Thanks to our hard-working moderators who kept the series on the straight and narrow. Thanks mostly however to those who contributed the the sceme with their contributions, many of whonm have been rewarded by our generous sponsors. While we gear up for another H2H campaign in the not too distant future, we are processing a new series of regular competitions for our members to take part in with superb prizes - a chance to make your point without actually gaining points - but still good fun. Thanks again for helping to make Golfmagic the fastest growing, interactive golf forum. We look forward to your valued opinions - hour-by-hour, day by day. ED

My thoughts - a great competition, well resourced and with fine intentions and mostly well run. Well done to the prize winners too, especially the top three, fully deserved. I have one issue to air though: I feel that some people were arbitrarily penalised due to forum pressure or for some other reason whereas others, guilty of the same perceived offences, were not. The docking of points and the shifting in the order of the monthly prizes was a bit ugly due it's arbitrary nature and the lack of any explanations. I also hope that the two mods were rewarded somehow from this as both of them have contributed during this period, especially McStumpy, but neither were apparently eligible for any of the prizes. Overall it was great fun and probably achieved most of what it set out to but next time the discrepancies in adjudication could maybe be taken away. Thanks all (and well done Yorkey, Paddy & Chris).  

Congrats to Yorkey who is a thoroughly deserving bloke, couldn't have been won by a nicer guy. Congrats to the other guys too, enjoy

Have to echo the sentiments toward Taz and Stumpy - many thanks guys. And yes, they will be rewarded.

Well done to the winners. Never gonna have enough time to contribute to the level that these guys do but guess that's life.  AP, I've got some Inesis golf balls that you can give to Taz as well as a golfball monogram kit so he can put TAZ on them. 

 Yeah! Cool prize, thanks AP Well done Yorkey, Paddy and Chris for your unswerving dedication, and to the other monthly winners. Its been good to see new forum members onboard, and a shame that some of the old guard have vanished for 3 months, hopefully they will come out of hibernation now. All things considered I think there have been some great threads and plenty of excitement. Well done folks

To be honest I'm delighted it's over.....can we get back to normal now? Oh, and bye Paddy, I'm sure we'll hear from you in the future at some point.....

H2H was a competition!? Awww nobody said 

Well done to Yorkey and all the other winners, I think H2H was successful in what I started to do ie increase GM's use. Looking forward to next years race to the big prize.

Well done the winners. Great comp and hope to participate more in the next one...time allowed

Congratulations to all, just in time for you to get out there and test your new gear. Have fun and play well.

Congratulations to Yorkey, fully deserving winner!

well done Yorkey and thanks for your help on here. Much appreciated mate. Still cheering the Southerners on tho

Well done Yorkey, what a superb prize.  And thanks to GM for a nice new putter. I think H2H has gone quite well, yes we have had plenty of new threads and bit of posting for posting sake.  But we've also had a lot of good banter and those that have joined in the competition and managed to pick up one of these great prizes  Well Done.

Well done to Yorkey, Paddy and Chris.  I'm really pleased for you and bear you no ill will You've put in a lot of time and effort to get the prizes and deserve them.  I can't complain as I got a fleece, a DVD and some balls from the comp but if any of you top 3 lads want to do a swap.........

Get in there, Rick!  

Oh and also, thanks to all at GM, organisers and mods for the time and effort put into this comp and having to put up with a fair bit of flack at time.

Is there anything to stop random people emailing you and asking you to send the gear..  Just a thought... 

SPRINGISHERE.COM wrote (see)

Is there anything to stop random people emailing you and asking you to send the gear..  Just a thought... 

Good point.

I'm Spartacus, I mean I'm Yorkie! Actually, sod that.  I could never pretend to be a yorkshireman!

Too right robster, your not used to supporting a winning rugby team

I would assume you might be wanting to see the users registered email, but thought I would check before I set up all my ebay auctions...

SP (10.8) wrote (see)

Get in there, Rick!  

Cheers mate, nice to see you back Thanks for all the congrats guys and once again many thanks to all at GM

SPEECH

night long dog

Yorkey wrote (see)

Too right robster, your not used to supporting a winning rugby team

Well not this season, that's for sure

Thank you GM, and especially AP for organising the super prize fund. Thanks to the mods especially McStumpy, a good job done all round!! Hope all of you enjoy your prizes like I have been enjoying mine and enjoy them in to the future... I am expecting Yorkie to have a 5 shot cut over this season !! And to all of you who did not get involved ... NEXT TIME DO!! And sorry to those who found it a mental strain.... actually I am not, but all the above is completely sincere. So well done on running a fab competition and it was pleasure taking part!

Not surprised that a lot of the winners are regular posters on the FoA thread! The amount of sh!te posted there is unreal! And then you have the quality posts made by the Northern contingent...

Well done to all the winners and doff of the cap to all at Golf Magic (AP et al - mods included) for a organising some great prizes.

Robster, How did you get the smilies off another site on here? Is it as simple as copying and pasting? There are loads of funny ones out there and we've been stuck with the same few for ages now

Guys and dolls Thanks for all your emails with addresses and specifications. Rather than emailing you back individually, I'm going to just "Reply All" on here. I've been a bit manic today and I'm about to shoot off into my rather exciting weekend which will include watching Torquay United trounce Crawley - so I will get all your prizes off to the necessary people on Monday. Have a great weekend, folks. AP

AP wrote (see)

Guys and dolls Thanks for all your emails with addresses and specifications. Rather than emailing you back individually, I'm going to just "Reply All" on here. I've been a bit manic today and I'm about to shoot off into my rather exciting weekend which will include watching Torquay United get  trounced by Crawley - so I will get all your prizes off to the necessary people on Monday. Have a great weekend, folks. AP

sorted that for you AP

Thank heaven it's finished imo. No doubt successful at what it set out to achieve - more posts and traffic - but generated so much drivel it drove me away. 'Rules' of comp were not enforced, so future comps of this format should (but probably won't) have a proper method of applying rules and sanctions. GMagic now last on my list of forums and will be interested to see how March goes. Congrats to Yorkey for persistance!

iceman_dave wrote (see)

Robster, How did you get the smilies off another site on here? Is it as simple as copying and pasting? There are loads of funny ones out there and we've been stuck with the same few for ages now

I could tell you but then I'd have to you

I'd say the answer is a bit obvious.....

Yes how do you do it.....

I'm a complete computer dummy but even I know how to do that!

AP wrote (see)

Guys and dolls Thanks for all your emails with addresses and specifications. Rather than emailing you back individually, I'm going to just "Reply All" on here. I've been a bit manic today and I'm about to shoot off into my rather exciting weekend which will include watching Torquay United trounce Crawley - so I will get all your prizes off to the necessary people on Monday. Have a great weekend, folks. AP

Hi, AP Just e mailed my details(twice-1 from each address) hope u received one or both, sorry for bein late (feelin under the weather)

I found it easy to do. <censored. There's enough of this sort on GM already >

  think i am gettin "MAN FLU"

AP wrote (see)

Have to echo the sentiments toward Taz and Stumpy - many thanks guys. And yes, they will be rewarded.

Regular graphite, please. Standard loft & lie, and I prefer hybrrds from 5i - 3i. Thanks 

Tinman Better look out for a telling off in your inbox first thing Monday morning!

Overall, I'd say it was a success. As pointed out, some high volume / low quality threads and posts - but the rules of the comp allowed it, and other than some really obvious p*ss takes we had to let it run its course. There were some good threads and posters, more so than on an "ordinary" month. You just had to cut through some of the dross. From a Mod perspective, it would have been more effective if Mod deletes of threads and posts auto deducted points - it would have saved AP some "adjustments", but also meant it wasn't really worth intervening unless (a) I could be bothered and (b) it was so obvioulsy H2H whoring. I don't read every thread and post, so apologies if some p*ss takers got away with it  And if nothing else, I will always have the memory of that glorious day when Paddy started two threads on snow and topped it off with a trip to the roller skating park

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Tinman Better look out for a telling off in your inbox first thing Monday morning!

He's not the messiah - he's a very naughty boy.  

Oh, meant to add - congrats to all the winners, AP has sourced some really good prizes. Far better than most of you deserve. 

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