WGT Golf News

  • 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!

  • ESPN Radio Interview with Alex Withers

    07 May 2009

    Check out this radio interview with USGA's Director of New Media, in which he discusses the Virtual U.S. Open and how great it is to play Bethpage Black online in hi-def!

  • Recent Tournament Winners 5/5/09

    05 May 2009

    Congratulations to melli22631 and AvatarLee for winning a round of golf with Parker McLachlan in the April "Play with Parker" Tournament. These two lucky players will have a chance to play a round with Parker at TPC Scottsdale in September! We'd also like to congratulate badaboom for winning a signed USGA flag in the April Virtual U.S. Open Challenge. The May challenge is on now, and there will be one more in June, so start playing for your chance to win.

  • 100 Million Balls Hit at WGT

    03 May 2009

    Thanks to you, we reached an important milestone this weekend--100 million balls hit at WGT! We look forward to bringing you more courses and features in the coming months, so keep on playing!

    WGT Team

  • Last chance to enter the "Play with Parker" Tournament

    28 Apr 2009

    The "Play with Parker" Tournament ends April 30th, so enter now if you haven't already. Winners of this 18-hole stroke play tournament will play a round of golf with PGA Tour Pro Parker McLachlin on his home course at TPC Scottsdale! Airfare, two-night hotel stay, and spending money included. US and Canadian players are eligible. See tournament rules for full details.

  • The Virtual U.S. Open 2009 Video Blogger Search is On!

    23 Apr 2009

    We have launched a nationwide search for a video blogger to cover the 2009 Virtual U.S. Open and practice rounds at the actual 2009 U.S. Open Championship at Bethpage Black in New York. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for any golfer or sports fan!

    The best entries could include: coverage of the leaderboard, replays of some great shots, interviews with players, commentary on some challenging holes, and an overall ability to create excitement and drama in a similar fashion as real sportscasters.

    Be sure to tag your video with "2009virtualusopen_contest_yourwgtusername" (example: 2009virtualusopen_contest_golfer09)—videos not tagged in this way will not be considered.

    The winner and two runners up will be announced on May 21, 2009. Don't delay, get started now!

    Important Dates:

    • May 11: Deadline to submit video entry
    • May 21: Winner announcement
    • May 25 - June 23: 2009 Virtual U.S. Open
    • June 15 - 19: 2009 U.S. Open practice rounds at Bethpage Black

    For the latest on the video blogger search and other WGT news, click here.

    You must be 18 years or older and a United States resident, have a valid WGT.com account, and have completed at least three game rounds at WGT.com between October 1, 2008 and May 11, 2009 to participate in the 2009 Virtual U.S. Open Championship video blog promotion. If you participate in the video blog promotion you will not be eligible to register for, or participate in, the 2009 Virtual U.S. Open Championship. One winner will be selected by WGT in its sole discretion. If you are selected, WGT will reimburse you for a ticket to attend the 2009 U.S. Open Championship golf tournament and related travel expenses. There is no other compensation for the video blog and you bear all production costs. WGT will have exclusive rights to your video blog. We can decide whether or not to publish your blog and may edit it or use excerpts of the blog in our promotional materials. Your participation is subject to the terms of WGT's then-current video blogging agreement.

  • WGT Tip: Updating Your Country

    20 Apr 2009

    Did you choose the wrong country when you registered at WGT, only to find that you cannot enter tournaments in which your country is eligible? Or did you move recently and need to update your account? You can update your country yourself by going to: https://www.wgt.com/user/contactinfo.aspx and clicking on the green "Change Mailing Address" link. Be sure to click the "Update" button underneath when you are done. Hope this helps!

  • April Virtual U.S. Open Challenge - Play Now!

    16 Apr 2009

    The April Virtual U.S. Open Closest-to-the-Hole Challenge is available to play! USGA has teamed up with World Golf Tour and New York's Bethpage State Park to host the inaugural Virtual U.S. Open. A nine-hole skill contest of the Bethpage Black course is available on USOpen.com for you to test your skills for the upcoming Virtual U.S. Open Championship. The winner of the nine-hole skill contest will receive a U.S. Open flag signed by a 2009 U.S. Open player.

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