It is now just one more week until the Australian Masters 2013 gets underway at Royal Melbourne.

This has always been one of my favourite events.

My very first affiliation with this event was in 1980 when as a 13 year old I caddied for Terry Hulls- a former assistant professional at Rossdale Golf Club where I grew up in Melbourne.

I remember walking the fairways inside the ropes in 1982 with Greg Norman, Tommy Nakajima and Graham Marsh at Greg's request due to our meeting the previous week when I had qualified as a 15 year old to compete in The Victorian Open.

In 1988 I competed in my very first Australian Masters and took out leading amateur honours.

Since then I have competed in 17 Masters tournments with 14 cuts made resulting in two wins in 1993 & 1998. In 1996 I was runner-up and also recorded 4th place finishes in 1992 and 2004.

My proudest achievement in the Australian Masters besides winning is that throughout the history of the event and how many superstars of the game have competed I currently hold the 18 hole record of 10 under par 63 (1998) the 36 hole record score of 130 (64-66) in 2004 and the 72 hole scoring record of 268 24 under par (1998)