Hackers Turn Pro
Added: (Thu Dec 14 2000)
Pressbox (Press Release) -
As the World Golf League completed it's 1st Annual Tournament, we have sucessfully produced a revolutionary, new tournament in which even "average" golfers can competed for $200,000 in prize money. The WGL National Tournament was contested Dec. 7-9, 2000, at Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort in Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla.
Under the unique pay-for-play format, people like Ricky Jackson, Lawrence Taylor, and Fulotn Allem were amongst the 200 golfers participated in four flights at the WGL's three-round, low-net National Tournament at Mission Inn. The top three finishers in each flight won prize money. Golfers who choose to maintain their amateur status, prior to participating, waived their rights to prize money they won.
WGL directs 20 percent of each league member's $95 annual membership dues into the prize-money pool. With 7,000 players in 875 WGL leagues this year, paricipants competed for the opportunity to win shares of the $50,000 purse in each flight, with winners taking home $30,000, runners-up $15,000, and third-place finishers $5,000. As the number of annual membership grows from year to year, the WGL national finals purse will grow as well.
"Players of all levels should be able to enjoy the thrill of competing like the pros do, feeling the excitement and adrenalin of standing over a pressure 'money' putt," says WGL president Mike Pagnano. "That was the reason we formed the league, and it's why players all over the country are embracing the World Golf League - there's nothing else like it for the average golfer." Players from 15 states represented the WGL National Tournament, with flights handicapped from scratch to five, six to 12, 13 to 20, and 20-plus. Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort is a premium venue with two championship courses - Las Colinas and El Campeon - which will host the NCAA Division I women's golf championship next May.
How the World Golf League works:
Players around the country compete in 5- or 10-person leagues made up of friends and acquaintances, or the WGL can place individuals within leagues. Players can register at , by fax (407-330-1105), or by calling WGL's toll-free number (888-969-9059). Annual dues are $95 per player. Leagues are assigned to one of four separate divisions: men's and women's divisions with USGA Handicap, or men's and women's divisions with no USGA handicap. For those without official handicaps, The WGL will assign them for league play, which will be updated after each match.
Each league will select a golf course or courses to play their matches. Each league plays nine matches anytime between May and August. Regional areas are designated within states, so no player has to travel more then 25 miles. The individual league organizer posts the results of the matches at , where standings and statistics are available to all leagues. This allows participants to chart progress and see where they stand within their league.
One match is played against each league member, with 36 points per match. Scoring is based on 2 points for winning a hole, 1 point for tying a hole, 0 points for losing a hole. At the end of the season, league winners will be invited to join post-season-tournament play.
Hope to see you all battle for the projected $1 million prize pool at our finals next year, in Las Vegas USA.