Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Hackers Paradise - Morgan Cup

So I'm way behind on blogging but here is the blog about the golf tournament I'm in at the end of July and one reason you're seeing so many updates about golf practice from me.

I love the game and would probably be practicing anyway but being part of a team in July I really want to get in good golf shape.

About the Morgan Cup:
The Morgan Cup is the Ultimate Amateur Golf Event. It offers 32 lucky amateur golfers the
chance to feel like a PGA Tour Pro.

Details about the 2013 Morgan Cup

Taken Directly From the 2013 Morgan Cup Website:

When & Where
Friday, July 26th – Sunday 28th 2013
Myrtle Beach, SC
The Courses
True Blue & Caledonia in Myrtle Beach, SC will be hosting this wonderful weekend. These two award winning golf courses embrace the southern beauty of the once thriving rice plantations and offer unique challenges that will be thrilling and invigorating for the Morgan Cup.
Match Play Team Event
Each team is complete with a team captain that will become the center piece for each roster. It will be their job to set lineups, make changes and work with their teammates to come up with the winning formula. Teams will compete in 3 rounds of golf over 2 full days.
The Companies
Callaway Golf, Cleveland/Srixon Golf, Cobra Golf and Bridgestone Golf will be sponsoring this event and each company will have 8 golfers that make up their THP staff. This is not company vs company, as all four teams will have each manufacturer represented.
Tour Experience
Each golfer that competes will be sponsored by THP in conjunction with a major company for the weekend of golf. The competing golfers will sign on with THP for the weekend and will be sponsored in full. Their contract is made up like this.
Staff Bag – Each golfer will be using a bag with the company logo.
14 clubs – Full 14 club deal is in effect. You must play all 14 clubs for the event.
Golf Ball – Playing the company branded golf ball best suited for your game.
Logo Apparel – Each golfer will be wearing the logo of their sponsor.
Like actual tour golfers, each company has a different way of doing things. Some offer certain things that others do not. Each company is required to offer the above and if you are selected, you will learn more about what they are and are not going to be bringing to the table.
Furthermore, each company will be going about things differently this time around. Much more independent freedom is being given to the sponsors to work with their players this year and there will be differences in the offerings from each company. Each golfer will be required to sign a contract with THP. At the end of the Morgan Cup, each sponsored golfer will get to keep their entire sponsorship package. You must be 18 years or older at the time of signup to be a part of the Morgan Cup.

Video & Scoring
The entire Morgan Cup is filmed and broadcasted the following week. Golfers will be on camera for every shot, be interviewed between shots and be prepared to follow along with the rules of the event.

Friday of the Morgan Cup is media day. This entails, player promo videos, interviews, speaking to the world via live webcam and more. Being a tour pro for a company like Cobra Golf, Cleveland/Srixon Golf, Callaway Golf and/or Bridgestone Golf is not just about the equipment, apparel and accessories. With the logo and contract comes commitments and those are the promos that will be done. Each golfer will be responsible for shooting multiple promotional videos shot by THP as well as many interviews during the competition conducted on the items that you are using.
Friday Media Day: Full day of range time. Work with your new gear to get it dialed in and at the same time work with the media director to make sure all staff obligations are taken care of such as interviews, promotional videos and more.
Friday Evening: THP Dinner. This will be held at the course and will be a fun time to relax and unwind as well as talk with fellow competitors over the tour life experienced in day one.
Saturday 36 Holes: Two rounds of golf will be played and points will be accumulated for winning matches.
Sunday 18 Holes: 18 holes of golf to determine the championship team.
Sunday Post Round: The Morgan Cup trophy ceremony for the winning team.
All golfers will be playing from the same tee boxes to be determined by THP.

Here is what is included.
All greens fees & cart fees for competitive rounds
All range balls for the weekend.
THP Dinner (yourself + 1 guest)
Trophies for the winning team
Staff Bag
All 14 clubs from staff deal
All accessories
All golf balls for competitive rounds
And much more

I submitted the video's for entry and was lucky enough to get selected for this great event.

Just a few short weeks later I was announced as one of the members of team Paradise!


Then it was time for sponsor announcements. While there is no company I wouldn't be happy to be sponsored by I was chosen as a Cleveland Staffer. I was and still am very excited about that.

Here are a few pics of the clubs that have come in so far.

588 Irons can be mixed and matched for a combo set and that's what I went with. 
5 - Altitude
6-8 MT's

Here is my bag so far. Looking forward to completeing in and 

Follow along with banter and updates in the Morgan Cup Forum Thread:
The Hackers Paradise Forum Thread - 2013 Morgan Cup

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