February 18, 2013

Presidential Challenge

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President Barack Obama played 18 holes with Tiger Woods last weekend in Florida. (Photo: Official White House photo by Dave Souza)

Tiger Woods was preparing for next week’s tournament in a round of golf with President Obama in Florida. That’s a good PR for golf and I guess it’s fair to say the more President plays, the better it is for all of us who love the game. Still remember how President Bush was compelled to give up golf as long as U.S. soldiers were serving in the Middle East, but it’s been okay for Obama to play and not a word of complaint.

Hard to imagine how world would be better place if President Obama refuse to play golf at all. Clearly he loves the game as much as we do, so what’s the point not to play when you have space for that on your calendar? Too bad Obama & Woods didn’t use GameBook app on their round, would have been cool to follow the scores in real-time! 🙂

Woods will be playing this week in Arizona. Accenture Match Play Championship is one of my personal favorite non-major tournaments. He’ll face Charles Howell III in the first round. Surprises are always pertinent to Match Play tournaments and that’s why they’re so entertaining to watch. Man against man is a nice change to typical 72-hole stroke play tournaments. And would be great if PGA Tour had a few more Match Play tournaments in their schedule.

Europe has 29 players in the field, with the United States having 21 players. The 64-man field is represented by 17 countries.  Howell is among four players who started the year outside the top 100 in the world and still qualified. Of those four, he is the only player who has not won this year.

Eyes on College Golf

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GameBook provided Live Scoring for The Farms Collegiate last week. This week we are at The Prestige – remember to follow form the Golf GameBook app!

In case you missed last week, GameBook is providing its Live Scoring service for college golf events in the U.S. You can follow those events from GameBook app – and the good thing is that no join codes needed anymore.

Nowadays there’s a new tab in the app for “public events”. After login you will now find a new “Public Events” tab. All existing and future tournaments are listed there – just tap the tournament and follow live. Last week we were at The Farms Collegiate Invitational. Everything went well – great feedback from coaches, tournament administration and spectators, which was like candy for our ears 🙂

Also wanted to congratulate University of Pacific one more time for their well deserved victory there at the Farms Golf Club. Wasn’t an easy course and personally I would have been needed a shopping bag full of golf balls with me.

Right now we’re already here in La Quinta, California. Providing Live Scoring on Monday – Wednesday at The Prestige, which is one of the biggest college events this spring. Remember to open your GameBook app, and remember to cheer on the players & your favorite team(s)! Leave your comments to the comments-section (at the bottom right)

Dress Like Masters-Winner

One more thing: we will publish our next great contest at the beginning of March. The contest called “Dress Like Masters Winner” and rules are pretty simple. Guess, who’s going to win The Masters Tournament and you might win clothes he’s wearing on the final round at Augusta National GC. Pants, shorts, cap… we still have to think about the Green jacket though 🙂

Keep following our Twitter & Facebook sites as well as our homepage, we’ll publish the contest there with more details and instructions, how to participate.

 

– Olli

@OlliLehtonen on Twitter