Ive also won a couple of competitions (a captains stableford at the start of the year as well as winning one of my clubs major competitions and a second place in another major compeition last year) and am currently playing in a final for another competition in a couple of weeks.
I think Ive also benefitted from playing a lot of 4BBB knock out games as the geezer I play with is very steady (he is a 17hcp) and he always cleans up the holes that I blow up on. In fact in our best match so far we played against two very low single figure handicappers but because between the two of us we evenly shot 12 gross pars and a birdie it meant our opposition had to shoot 12 birdies just to square the holes, which they didnt manage to do for the most part. BTW, the handicaps for our matches is worked out on 3/4 of the difference between the low handicapper and everyone else.
Also I havent had the chance to play in many stableford or any medal comps this year (apart from the one I won back in January) because for most of January, Feb and March my course was under 6 foot of water and Ive been playing a lot of match play rounds...plus having family means I really can only get out for a full round once a weekend.
Anyway, I think my handicap could be lower but at the moment when I do go out and play golf Im only shooting mid to high 90's (my course is par 71). Ive also shot a couple rounds in the high 80's but these werent official rounds and under absolutely no pressure (but there were no gimmies!). Currently my best official round is 92 (with the usual if I got all my woulda, coulda, shoulda misses then this would have been a round in the low 80's!!!).
So yeah, maybe Im just being overly sensitive but I definately dont want to be that guy that everyone talks about behind his back and there is nothing more that I would love than to have a nice low, official and earned handicap! Ive also only been playing since March last year (when I bought my very first ever club membership and a very good, very nice and very challenging golf course).