Partnering with equipment giant Callaway Golf and holiday specialist Your Golf Travel, Golf GameBook has launched a 10-week-long tournament (from July 1st – September 15th, 2013) called ‘Golf GameBook 24/7 Challenge’ offering bi-weekly equipment prizes and an overall first prize of a holiday for four to La Manga Club Resort in Spain.
To take part, all golfers need to do is register by using the free app or the online service at www.golfgamebook.com Then it’s simply a case of entering every 18-hole golf score during play. The more golfers play, the better the chances of winning!
The winners of the bi-weekly competitions won’t be simply judged on the best scores. Golf GameBook has devised a ‘secret’ prize structure that will change from week-to-week, and could award on the most birdies in a round, most holes played to par, even putts per round.
Mikko Rantanen, CEO of GameBook Inc, explained: “The purpose of 24/7 is to give everyone a chance to win. You could post a great front 9 and scoop a prize, or go on a birdie blitz and win – I urge golfers just to take part. We want to make golf more exciting and fun and 24/7 will do just that.”
“Participants in golf events can follow and track scores live, directly from their smartphones or online, and their friends and colleagues around the world can do the same. Through our 24/7 competition, and with the help of our partners, we can offer UK golfers something they have never experienced before.”
Free to download, Golf GameBook offers both an iPhone and Android version and, via its mobile live scoring function, golfers can now keep score in multiple groups and track leaderboards hole-by-hole.
One of Golf GameBook’s advantages is its sophisticated, but easy-to-use score entry system. All the popular game formats are included in Golf GameBook, and users can share scores on social media platforms instantly.
An in-app chat-style commenting option, similar to Facebook, allows users to interact with friends while they stroll the fairways, and to complement this, Golf GameBook has recently released an online service where all games, and larger tournaments, can be recorded from the app for live tournament scoring – for free.
Commenting on the launch of the 24/7 competition in the UK, Andrew Harding, Managing Director of Your Golf Travel, said: “Golf GameBook adds hugely to the experience of a round, particularly for groups and societies, and we are delighted to introduce it to golfers booking Your Golf Travel holidays. The service is fantastic and, what’s more, it’s free, easy to use, fast and most of all, fun.”
Tim Lloyd, European Media Manager at Callaway Golf Europe, said: “We are always looking for new ways in which to push our brand forward. Technology is playing a bigger role in various aspects of the game – especially in mobile, where apps are being developed to benefit golfers. This is good news for all concerned because as a manufacturer we have the opportunity to target active golfers.”
2009 Open Champion, Stewart Cink, and three-time European Tour winner, Mikko Ilonen, have both been involved in the development of the Golf GameBook app.
Cink added: “I have been involved with GameBook since the beginning, providing a Tour player’s insight throughout the development process. It is very rewarding to see that GameBook is not only now a reality, but one that exceeds our initial expectations. GameBook will spice up your game and motivate you to play better throughout the whole round.”
Golf GameBook www.golfgamebook.com