2014 Titleist HowDidiDo Order of Merit coming soon

The Titleist Order of Merit - powered by HowDidiDo and Golf Monthly - returns soon with some exciting new developments and enhanced prizes for 2014

Titleist Order of Merit

The Titleist Order of Merit - powered by HowDidiDo and Golf Monthly - returns very soon with some exciting new developments and enhanced prizes for 2014

In 2011, Golf Monthly teamed up with HowDidiDo to launch the ‘Golf Monthly Order of Merit’. The following year saw the arrival of Titleist - the #1 Ball in Golf - as the title sponsor. Since then, the nationwide competition has increased dramatically in prominence and stature, and with more fantastic prizes up for grabs in 2014, it’s poised to be bigger and more popular than ever before.

The Titleist Order of Merit is open to all members whose handicaps are listed on howdidido.co.uk – Europe’s largest golfing community - who compete in regular home medal competitions. It’s aimed at the hundreds of thousands of competitive club golfers in the UK and Ireland who enjoy benchmarking their game against friends and fellow golfers. More than 50,000 golfers have taken part since Titleist came on board with the Order of Merit, powered by Golf Monthly and HowDidiDo, in 2012.


The 2013 Titleist Order of Merit winner – Alan Russell, from Clydebank Overtoun Golf Club in Scotland – took home a selection of Titleist goods on top of a full long-game fitting at a state-of-the-art Titleist fitting centre. The 33-year-old fell from a 6 to 2 handicap during the season and shot a remarkable 62 (net 58) along the way! Six other category winners were awarded a dozen Titleist balls, a Titleist stand bag, a Titleist glove and a Titleist cap.

The simplicity of the OOM concept is its beauty, with neither golfers nor their clubs having to do any additional score entries. As soon as a golfer registers for the Order of Merit, every one of their home medal scores are automatically collated by HowDidiDo’s cutting-edge handicapping software, with the OOM Leaderboard updated weekly.

Bigger and Better

The 2014 Titleist Order of Merit – which kicks off very soon – gives golfers in seven categories, from Men’s Category 1 to Junior, the chance to win prizes for triumphing in their brackets, as well as monthly goodies provided by GolfBuddy. As headline sponsor, Titleist has rolled out the red carpet for the Overall Winner, who will not only receive a host of top-of-the-range golf gear (full details below), but will also be whisked away for a luxury golf break with three friends.

Titleist 714 irons

For the first time ever, all Titleist Order of Merit participants are automatically entered to the FJ Par-3 Championship, which runs concurrently to the main event. There will be a number of prizes up for grabs throughout the year, courtesy of FootJoy, the #1 Shoe and Glove in Golf, and the winner will be treated to an exclusive money-can’t-buy experience.

The 2014 Titleist Order of Merit, powered by HowDidiDo and Golf Monthly, opens for registration soon at howdidido.co.uk/oom

How the scoring works

- Best five qualifying scores recorded count - Qualifying scores from medal competitions played at golfer’s home club - Players who do not play in the five qualifying events cannot win - Scores are calculated on best net differential (score relative to CSS) - Full rules, terms and conditions can be found at howdidido.co.uk/oom


- Men’s Division 1 (scratch to 12 handicap) - Men’s Division 2 (13 to 21 handicap) - Men’s Division 3 (22 to 28 handicap) - Ladies’ Division 1 (scratch to 16 handicap) - Ladies’ Division 2 (17 to 36 handicap) - Junior (under 16 – overall winner) - Most Improved OOM Player (biggest reduction in playing handicap) - Overall Winner (male or female)


- Divisional Winners: Each of the seven divisional winners will receive a dozen of the best Titleist balls for their game, a Titleist stand-bag, a Titleist glove and a Titleist hat. - Overall Winner: A full Titleist 714 iron fitting, a year’s supply of the best Titleist balls for their game, a personalised Titleist Staff Bag, a luxury golf break for the winner and three friends, a Titleist cap and a Titleist glove.

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Nick Bonfield
Features Editor

Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, writing, commissioning and coordinating all features across print and online. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel win The Masters and PGA Championship respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email nick.bonfield@futurenet.com with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x