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Everyday Golfers Battle for BIG Bucks

Added: (Sun Dec 03 2000)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Public Relations: World Golf League(www.worldgolfleague.com) 407-330-1011
DATE: 12-02-00
HEADLINE: Everyday Golfers Battle for BIG Bucks! PGA has competition!

BODY: $200,000 Prize Pool All Eyes are on December 7,8th,and 9th. This is like the Super Bowl, halftime field goal kick for $1,000,000, but a lot more participants.
The WGL has completed its first season. Over 7,000 golfers competed in local leagues for the opportunity to advance to the National Finals. We are honoring this event with our 1st Annual National Tournament on December 7th, 8th ,and 9th , to be played at Mission Inn, Howey in the Hills, Florida(Orlando) 1-352-324-3101. Being in this handicapped tournament will involve 200 players in a total of four flights. Winners in each will get $30,000, runners-up $15,000 and third-place finishers $5,000 -- a total purse of $200,000. Not too shabby considering it took the PGA 50 years to giveaway $10,000. Now we as the average golfer can play for the same cash that a pro plays for, and I donít even need to leave my day job. In an interview with Golf.com CEO Mike Pagnano says, "As we grow the prize pool is going to grow so significantly that the prize will be much too large for a single national tournament. Probably in about our third year of competition the prize money will be filtered down through the regional competitions and to the local league winners." CEO.Next year's tournament will provide a $1 million prize to a national grand champion after a sudden-death playoff among winners of the eight flights, Pagnano said. There is one other consideration, however: the threat of losing amateur status. But many golfers don't fully understand what that implies, Pagnano said. Primarily it means ineligibility to play in USGA-sanctioned amateur events. "No one in the World Golf League is going to be playing in any of them anyway. There's only about 5000 amateurs who would qualify to play in those types of events," he said during his Golf.com interview. Besides, if you donate or forfeit in advance and acknowledging that you cannot receive prize money, you will not lose youíre amateur status, big deal.


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