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  • Guest Blog from Virtual U.S. Open Champion mrenn29

    18 Aug 2011

    WGT invited World Golf Tour player mrenn29 to contribute this blog post. As the 2011 Virtual U.S. Open Champion, mrenn29 won a trip to the U.S. Open at Olympic Country Club in San Francisco next year (see Virtual Open recap).

    Hello everyone. First off, I would like to introduce myself, for those whom I haven’t met, my name is Mike. I'm from Long Beach California. I love golf, have been playing for over 30 years and I am 37 years old. I try to get out when I can but we all know work will get in the way of golf.

    I joined WGT back in March of 2010. It’s kind of funny how I found WGT, I was bored at work one day playing some kind of card game done thru flash and an advertisement came up on the side of the screen for World Golf Tour, tee up now. So I clicked on it and here I am LOL.

    My first impressions of WGT were,WOW! Unreal graphics, famous courses and challenging. My second thought came after I double bogeyed the first hole on Kiawah, I said to myself, boy this game is tough! But I decided to stick with it and after the first month or so I started to see some progress. Then I took myself into the pro shop and decided to buy a wedge. Went back out and stuck a shot from 95 yards on St Andrews. From then on I was hooked! Then WGT decided to put the tier system in. What a challenge this was, but I am open to challenges. I kept practicing and playing with better players. And after over 1,000 ranked rounds later, I found myself hanging in there with some of the game’s best players.

    You can usually find me chatting with my fellow Deviation members on IRC (Internet Relay Chat). There you will find some of the best players in the world. I usually am playing with fellow members from the Deviations Country Club. Everyone in the club is a great player and a great person. My personal favorite course is Oakmont. Some may ask why, well I enjoy it because to this day it is still the most challenging course to me on WGT. It can still take a lot of strokes back from me if I am not careful.

    Now on to the Virtual U.S. Open. Being that we only had a little over a month or so to really get the feel of Congressional, I went into the open thinking, hey just give it your best shot and see what happens. Well the first round was a decent round of 62 for me. I was very happy with that even though it wasn’t the leader, but I was within 4 strokes after that round, so going into round 2 I knew I would have to go pretty low to have a chance especially with BolloxInBruges (Sam) (see Guest Blog post) up near the top, knowing he is fully capable of firing another round even lower.

    So I teeed it up, made birdie on first 3 holes, and then came the dreaded 4th. I had a wind that required a draw in order to find the fairway, but luckily I pulled it off and then just wanted to find the center of the green on the approach. After I sank the 38 foot bending putt was when the rhythm really started. From there the first 10 holes were all birdied. That’s when I said to myself, wow, I might actually pull this off.

    Then the nerves really set in, with pars on 11, 12 and 14, I started to sweat a little. But then I sank a nice 15 foot putt on 15 to get my hopes back up. So I finished with a 57 thinking, well I put myself in contention and that's more than I could ever ask for!

    I’m really excited to meet the folks at WGT at Olympic Club next year and maybe even play some golf while I am in San Francisco. I’m also planning on meeting some fellow members of the Deviations in San Francisco so it should make for a memorable trip. And finally, I would like to thank WGT and the USGA for giving us the opportunity to compete in major tournaments such as the U.S. Open, my hats off to all the WGT crew for introducing me to such an awesome golf game!

     

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  • Charity tournament with Pebble Beach golf trip prize

    16 Aug 2011

    This could be your best chance to play Pebble Beach!

    Cadillac has teamed up with National Kidney Foundation charity to launch the NKF Cadillac Golf Classic on World Golf Tour.

    It's 500 WGT Credits to enter and the proceeds go to the National Kidney Foundation charity, benefiting research and treatment of kidney disease.

    One player will be randomly selected to win the grand prize. Note, this is not a skill-based leaderboard tournament, all you need to do is enter and post your round for a chance to win. The tournament is a 9-hole closest-to-the-hole on Celtic Manor, site of the 2010 Ryder Cup.

    The grand prize is a dream golf trip to Pebble Beach for you and a friend, inculding airfare, three nights at the Spanish Bay Inn, and rounds of golf at Pebble Beach and Spanish Bay Links, valued over $3,500. See tournament rules for details and eligibility.

    This is a great way to support a worthy charity, plus a chance to win an epic golf trip!

    Good luck!

    WGT

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  • Get 500 extra credits for PGA Championship Weekend

    11 Aug 2011

    It's PGA Championship weekend, and golf's fourth major includes 100 top-ranked golfers from around the world.

    Who will join Charl Schwartzel, Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke as major champions in 2011? Will Europe continue to dominate. You have to like Australia's chances with Adam Scott and Jason Day who were so close at the Masters. Or will an American finally break thru this year, like Bubba, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar or Nick Watney. And don't count out Phil or Tiger.

    One interesting storyline is Chubby Chandler, golf's new super agent, with three of his clients already winning 2011 majors, putting him in position for the "Chubby Slam" by having another client win at the PGA. His other clients include Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen and Ernie Els, so Chubby has a chance.

    We're celebrating golf's fourth major at World Golf Tour this wekeend by giving away 500 extra WGT Credits when you buy $20 or more WGT credits, anytime during the PGA Championship, from Thursay 8/11 thru Sunday 8/14. Buy your WGT credits here. 

    There are more ways then ever to use WGT credits...

    Enter the NKF Cadillac Golf Classic on WGT, with proceeds benefiting the National Kidney Foundation, and one random winner getting a dream golf trip to Pebble Beach.

    Check-out the new WGT Putter Pal to help fine-tune your virtual putting.

    Visit the WGT Pro Shop for all the latest virtual balls and clubs from Callaway, Cleveland, PING, SRIXON and TaylorMade.

    Play in daily Ready-Go Tournaments on WGT, where the top 30 of 50 win credits, on championship courses like Congressional, Royal St George's, Bethpage and St Andrews

    Enjoy the weekend!

    WGT

    Note: One-time offer for WGT players buying 2,000 or more WGT credits 8/11/11-8/14/11.

     



     

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  • Challenges, Putter Pal and Pebble Beach Golf Trip

    02 Aug 2011

    More improvements to World Golf Tour based on player feedback. Keep it coming at members@worldgolftour.com


    NEW END-OF-GAME CHALLENGES



    Improved based on player feedback! Challenge your WGT friends after any stroke play round. You each earn free XP and only the challenge results are posted to your feeds.


    NEW PUTTER PAL


    Fine-tune your putting. The new WGT Putter Pal overlays on the swing meter when you're putting to help you make more precise putts. You can buy from 10 to 1,000 putts starting at only 10 credits. Makes a great gift too!


    WIN A GOLF TRIP TO PEBBLE BEACH



    Support the National Kidney Foundation charity and have a chance to win a golf trip to Pebble Beach. It's only 500 credits to enter the NKF Cadillac Golf Classic and one person wins, regardless of score. This could be your best chance to play Pebble!


    FIND WGT COUNTRY CLUBS LOOKING FOR MEMBERS

    With WGT Country Clubs now on the Home page, it’s easy to find one of the thousands of WGT Country Clubs looking for members. Join for free and compete with others in private tournaments for credits. It's a great way to meet new players and enjoy the game!


    TOURNAMENTS ON ROYAL ST GEORGE'S

    Royal St George’s, host of the 2011 Open, is now available on WGT for Ready-Go and Country Club tournaments.

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  • Virtual Ketel One Cup Championship Qualifiers

    02 Aug 2011

    Below are the 299 WGT players who qualified for the Virtual Ketel One Cup Championship round. They finished in the Top 100 of the Virtual Ketel One Cup tournaments that were held on World Golf Tour from April thru July.

    The championship round is 18-hole stroke play on Congressional and scores must be posted by August 15, 2011. The best score wins a trip to TPC Sawgrass in Florida to compete in the real-world Ketel One Cup. See contest rules for details.

    NOTE, some WGT players were erroneously emailed about this tournament, but in order to be eligible to win the prize, you must have qualified in previous Virtual Ketel One Cup tournaments. See contest rules for details.

    Good luck!

    WGT

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    Virtual Ketel One Cup Qualifiers:

    4paws4
    adrian923
    AHudd
    AllyKennedy
    andrewp7
    AndyAEllis
    angryhalfinch
    anguss2
    Astruccio
    AtlantaCoaster
    aussieguyadam
    AvatarLee
    badaboom
    BADMARIE
    baggepance
    baldy1973
    BartMania
    Barzender
    BeachGolf
    BeDaBall
    Bidi
    bigbluwhal
    bigddogg19
    BigKnight
    BIGSAUR
    billhorseman
    bkelley
    bluechew
    Bluenose12
    bobis
    BolloxInBruges
    BradySeven
    brettbell5
    bridgiey
    briobrio
    brokeneck33
    bry68
    bt12
    Buckthebuck
    bulfrog2004
    Bullseye58
    cal8
    Caven
    ccrume
    cdejong
    Choadly
    chrisironsbones
    chubbyhugs35
    chunkNskull
    cicerosam
    cincogolfer
    ckiniry
    claremoreblue
    colinpop
    coolswing
    Covenant
    crabby01
    craiger85
    crazyhorse75
    Cube54
    cwall52
    cyl6
    dada24
    damiantapping
    damirkm
    dansamcam
    danyolimpia
    darek2
    Daskino
    Dathoang95
    davehir
    DavidFuller
    Dawgone
    deadoak
    demcug
    devildaz1963
    Dianne81
    dittondude
    diver480
    DKMF1
    dnugraha
    DougBieker
    DougieWaugh
    dscroggs4
    dsdiego
    dud_doodle
    Dukiedong
    duncanbryan
    Ecco2
    Ed65
    EdwardRo
    Egolilly
    elvinomepego
    exvcardn
    fairwaybaby
    FANUCMAN
    FarFoo
    fatboys
    flocke2308
    ForrestLeigh
    francone
    frealzu
    FreshAirNFun
    FRIENDofyourWIFE
    FRUMUNDACHEEZ
    Funkyjunkie3000
    Fuzzygazz
    genorb
    geordieles
    gishdrums
    GLADSTONESCREWER
    gobbog
    goldy24
    GolferDadRB
    Golfspieler
    Gonnu
    GoodyChamp
    Goonermark
    gr8scott427
    gursikh
    guttli
    Hackmore
    HandyAndy0
    Hanswurst72
    hanzel1
    Headway
    heffdiddy
    hershman
    hilts098
    Hoddoh
    iavinilawoods
    imcoola
    Infinito3010
    iremanu
    iwb1
    jaderoks
    jakestanfill7
    JamminBreeze
    jasondement
    jaycen129
    JCOlson
    jeffreyb1
    Jerm65
    jimbean346
    jimwins
    JJ656
    JMRyan
    JohnSteed01
    jtc12
    JulioMoot
    JUlrich
    Jumper281
    kam4122
    kanga50
    Kidd56
    KingTuck
    kjbjlb55
    KRH1
    Kriztjan
    Kurtsbuford
    KyRock75
    ladeuce
    Lagasorus
    Leftysway
    LeopoldStotch
    lepigolf
    losersss
    LuisCraveiro
    lvietri
    Lysti
    MacGillicuddy
    magicmax
    MannyHazard
    mao69
    MarcoCraveiro
    Marcus32
    Mattdowling
    MBaggese
    Mem11
    mgd300
    Middle4man
    Mike3226
    Minkywinkster
    mongo441
    mreddy
    mrenn29
    naamasula
    nateh311
    Naughtyone
    nellyg
    NelsonPesce
    nickolijj
    nikopat
    nikyryder
    nump
    oksymoron
    oldace57
    outflopped
    pekk24
    Penners
    PGAbound67
    pharaohe
    PhiEaglesFan
    pillsy
    pluer
    poldimaier
    Ponthep
    poolmaniac6
    PortsD
    pranayamaflow
    prinsy6151
    ProfessorJoe
    Props
    prude59
    PTgolf904
    pudge53
    racoondad
    Raimon1
    RathgarBeau
    raygun65
    rba1137
    restorethis
    Ripped1
    RJBaja
    Robbie0102
    Robinb
    roidrage03
    Ross1a
    Routser
    ROwenJones
    rowlets
    RthrBFshn
    RWaldbiesser
    ryan4spurs
    RyanKCantrell
    rykest3
    RZRBAX94
    samcoffeeman
    sbirul
    scimoc
    seanobrien
    sharkeyez
    shenda
    simovoice
    sjnaugle
    SkipMan20
    smudgely
    solozach
    speedyschic
    spinmaster
    SRiggy
    stevenharkin
    SteveOx
    stevereilly
    stiffman88
    StoneColdKiller
    stratman45us
    Stryker37
    stuffix
    suncity28
    Switz71
    TallAcePaul
    tanneralis
    taz10365
    TDHarvey
    Teedaawg
    testaman
    tetolo
    TheAceFactor
    ThreeSpot
    tiaz79
    tiffer67
    Timprestoe
    timpyron1980
    TugboatDoug
    Turtle35
    Typezer0
    United4Life
    vaines63
    VanXmiC
    vespa1965
    VillaDave
    villadeoro
    WakingLife
    warnie2
    Wesdogg75
    westernmak
    westhamchris
    whyit
    Win1Soon
    Wingshooter
    wiscb
    Wontonamo
    Woodsy747
    xxblueeyesxx
    YOTADOG
    zant
    Zippy-Pivot
    Zzangsigi

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