WGT Golf News

  • Week 1 Update - Virtual U.S. Open

    30 May 2009

    Virtual U.S. Open video blogger Tyler DeZubay brings you the highlights from our first week of competition. Check out our Virtual U.S. Open channel here: http://www.youtube.com/user/virtualusopen

  • Get Double Credits with American Express

    29 May 2009

    From now until June 21, when you purchase WGT credits with your American Express card, you get double the number of credits! For example, if you purchase 1,000 credits for $10 ($1 = 100 credits), we will credit your account with an extra 1,000 credits within 24-48 hours. What could be better than free money during a recession?

    WGT credits can be used to enter premium tournaments and to purchase virtual clubs in the Pro Shop.

    Buy credits now >

  • Video Blog - Introduction to the Virtual U.S. Open 2009

    26 May 2009

    In Tyler's first video blog post covering the Virtual U.S. Open, he introduces himself and gives a brief introduction of the tournament and prizes. You can also subscribe to our Virtual U.S. Open channel on YouTube to get the latest: http://www.youtube.com/user/virtualusopen

  • Virtual U.S. Open Qualifiers, New Tiers, New Clubs, and More

    25 May 2009

    We made some updates to the product today, and here are the highlights:

    The Virtual U.S. Open 2009 has begun!

    The Virtual U.S. Open Qualifying Round runs from May 25 to June 21. Experience what it would be like to play on one of the most challenging golf courses in the world under championship conditions: Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, NY. The US Open is the toughest test in golf, and everyone hits from the same championship tees, so you will find it challenging to reach some of the fairways and greens. But don't worry, with some clever course management you find a way to break par.

    Players from all eligible countries have unlimited chances during this period to post a score that makes the cut into the Championship round on June 22nd. Only the top 156 scores plus ties will qualify for the Championship Round. On June 22nd, those who qualify will compete in a single play 18-hole round on Bethpage Black, where they have just one chance to score the round of their life and become the 2009 Virtual U.S. Open Champion. The champion will take home the trophy and earn a trip to the 2010 U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach. Click here for details

    New Tiers Added

    We have added two new tiers: Pro and Master. This will improve the groupings so that players compete against those of similar ability. Depending on your ranked game scores the system will automatically place you in one of four tiers: Hack, Amateur, Pro or Master.

    New Virtual Clubs Available in the Pro Shop

    Fill your golf bag with the latest golf technology. The new gear includes the TaylorMade R9 driver, TaylorMade Burner hybrids and irons with steel and graphite shafts, the TaylorMade Z TP wedges, PING G10 irons with graphite shafts, the Lynx LX 5 Driver, and SnakeEyes wedges. Shop now

    Putter Distance Selector

    You now have the flexibility to choose the maximum distance of your putter. In the distance indicator, you will notice up and down arrows. Click these to select 30ft, 60ft, or 150ft putting lengths for more control of your shot.

    Wind Adjustments

    Based on your feedback, we have made some adjustments to the wind. It should not affect putting as much, and should not be as noticeable except for the higher shots. Please let us know what you think of the changes in our Forums.

    Putting Grid Change

    Now when you engage your swing meter during putting, the putting grid becomes invisible. Please let us know if you notice an improvement in swing meter performance. Players who prefer to have the putting grid turned on at all times should go to the Options Menu and set it to "On".

    New Advanced Settings in Option Menu

    When you go to the Options Menu in the game, there is a new Advanced settings tab where you can turn your avatar rotation and background loading on or off. Turning off your avatar rotation may improve loading times, and turning off your background loading may improve swing meter performance. These settings are recommended for players with slower systems.

    Bug Fixes

    • Flag removal - you should no longer experience a problem with flag removal during putts. We fixed a bug where the game mistakenly thinks you are on the fringe when you are in fact putting.
    • Hit the pin award - you should begin receiving Hit the Pin awards again
  • Memorial Day Tribute

    25 May 2009

    We hope you are enjoying your Memorial Day weekend. Whether you are traveling, relaxing, or working, we hope you get a chance to pause and remember our country's veterans.

    Photo: atoms or ions

  • Congratulations to the Virtual U.S. Open 2009 Video Blogger!

    22 May 2009

    Thanks to everyone who entered our Virtual U.S. Open 2009 Video Blogger Contest! We were excited to see such on-screen talent among our players, and had a great time looking through the entries. After much consideration, the winner of the video blogger contest is...

    Tyler DeZubay, AKA Hotwir3! Here is his winning submission, where he covers April's Play with Parker 18-Hole Open:

    Tyler is a full-time college student and hails from Charlotte, North Carolina. He enjoys hockey, real and virtual golf, and in additional to being our video blogger this summer, he is also volunteering at a hospital and coaching little league hockey. "I hope to provide insight and report on the Virtual U.S. Open and the U.S. Open at Bethpage in order to add to the well-established WGT community," he says.

    We'd also like to say a special thanks to the two runners up, Bennett Fink (bfink) and Corey Hodges (OBXGOLFER18), who blew us away as well and made it a very hard decision for us.

    Please check out Tyler's video blogs in the coming weeks to get the latest news on the Virtual U.S. Open 2009, and to show support for one of our own!

  • Updates to the Forum

    18 May 2009

    We've made a few small changes to the Forum to make it more useful. There is now a Search box on the upper right-hand side, where you can look for topics or usernames by keyword. The next time you have a question, do a search for it first because chances are somebody has already answered it! If you need to do a more detailed search, from the search results page just click More Search Options and you can enter additional criteria.

    Below the search box, we added two new link modules--"Getting Started", which contains links to information such as system requirements and tutorials, and "FAQs", which links to some of the most commonly asked questions.

  • Getting Ready for the Virtual U.S. Open

    12 May 2009

    The qualifying round of the Virtual U.S. Open 2009 starts May 25, and we hope you've been practicing for it in the April and May Closests-to-the-Hole tournaments. Another tool that can help you get an edge are these video tutorials narrated by Peter Kessler, covering topics like "How to Choose the Right Club" and "How to Read Your Lie". Have fun practicing!

  • Happy Mother's Day!

    10 May 2009

    WGT wishes you a very happy Mother's Day! We hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  • Last Chance to Enter the Video Blogger Contest

    08 May 2009

    There are only three days left to submit a video for the Virtual U.S. Open 2009 Video Blogger Contest. This is your last weekend to get your video together and post it! Remember, we are looking for someone with onscreen charisma, so keep it simple and don't worry about making it super-polished. The winner also gets a chance to travel to Bethpage Black to cover this year's U.S. Open, so good luck everyone!

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