There was a moment when the ball was in the air and Jordan was in full surrender-cobra mode, where it could have all gone horribly wrong. Golf’s golden boy (sorry Rory) should have cantered to the line, as the likeable, but rather goofy, Matt Kuchar remained at level par for the day. As Jordan’s Titleist ball sailed towards the Titleist truck on the range – how ironic – those at the top of the game must have been holding their breath. Read more...
Fifteen years ago, the wind was blowing over the links of Royal Birkdale just as strong as it will be this week. But little else has stayed the same; clubs have become more advanced, balls fly further and players’ gym routines... well, they now have gym routines. Another marked difference is that a certain pre-adolescent golfer will not have to sneak on to the ultra-private venue, that is Birkdale, when the members aren’t looking. Read more...
Erin Hills comes with its challenges. What is going to have the most influence at this years U.S Open? Will it be that it's a relatively unknown course and help out the youngsters. Or,will that dangerous looking rough and huge driving distances matter the most. Team VPAR weighs in on the players we think will thrive. Rowan picks Jason Dufner (odds 50/1) Nothing gets you ready for a major like winning. Read more...
We’ve watched Rickie Fowler sport a pair of high tops and the USGA propose some new, more relaxed, rules. Now both the PGA and European Tours have launched new format changes in an effort to bring a dash of color to the game. For the first time in 36 years, an official tournament was played as a team competition. The Zurich Classic played host to eighty, two-man teams and attracted 12 of the top 25 players in the world. Read more...
Fancy winning a golf trip of a lifetime? Well you’ve come to the right place. We’ve partnered with Hilton Honors for your chance to play your way to this year’s Hilton Golf Championship! Did we mention that the Grand Final will be hosted by the luxury Wardorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jemeirah? Yeah, we’re excited too. All you have to do is sign-up to Hilton’s award winning loyalty programme, Hilton Honors, enter the ‘Hilton Golf Championship’ challenge on VPAR, score at least one round of golf and then track your progress on the leaderboard. Read more...
Jordan Spieth (3-1 odds) Despite the horror story of the 12th hole last year, Spieth’s record at The Masters is 2nd, 1st, 2nd. The middle of those performances was in 2015, where he tore up the record book by tying Tiger’s eighteen under par record and holing the record number of birdies. This PGA Tour season, he is hitting more greens in regulation than anyone else and even if his putter gets a little bit hot, there is no one else that suits Augusta National more. Read more...
Flashback to June 9th, 2016. Dustin Johnson found himself in a bizarre scenario. He was a couple of shots off the lead, and as he stood over a putt on the fifth green, adjusted to address the ball, it moved. It wasn’t until the twelfth tee that Johnson was informed that he still may be penalized under Rule 18-2. The uncertainty grew as every golfer started posting on their personal social media accounts. Read more...
Make no mistake, for the next couple of months we will still be in the cold grip of winter. Warm golf days feel like a distant memory and we’re itching to get out of the office to hit a few. Instead we’re stuck inside, and whether we want to hear it or not, it’s the perfect time to hit the gym. While the pros need to spend April through September focusing on golf, many get the bulk of their physical training done from January-March. Read more...
The verdict is still out on whether Donald Trump is the personification of the American dream, or conversely, a culmination of America’s worst nightmares. Political affiliations aside, the presidential election has served as a reality show unlike any other, the winner taking home the grand prize, ‘leader of the free world.’ Soon the race will be over and Trump will either be pulling his UHAUL up to the White House or heading back to run his globally recognized brand. Read more...
We asked team VPAR not what team would win, but who would come out as MVP. Rory McIlroy, Team Europe (MVP) This is Rory’s year to solidify himself as a European Ryder Cup legend. His past two Ryder Cup Singles Matches had him sweep away Keegan Bradley 2&1 and dominate Rickie Fowler 5&4. Performances like this paired with his Major Championship winning confidence, a few more years experience under his belt and a win a few weeks ago at Deutsche Bank, all add up to a significant opponent staring you down on the first tee. Read more...
2016 has been an underwhelming year for the ‘Big Three’ in the men’s game. Rory has missed two cuts in Majors, Jordan has struggled to replicate last year’s blistering form and Jason has had a season full of ‘almosts.’ Yet, there are three up and coming youngsters rising from the junior golf circuit that have had some stellar moments this year. First is Beau Hossler. Read more...
Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler have started #PlayoffMustache as the Tour head into the FedEx Cup Playoffs. JT asked the Twittersphere whether to venture down this 'hairy-upper-lipped' road and fans came back with a resounding, ‘yes.’ If I’m honest, I was a little unsure about both participants capabilities of actually get their ‘Mo’ on. I mean, Rickie isn’t exactly the most manly of men, and I haven’t seen JT with any sort of mane either. Read more...
Big news! In late August, Andy Sullivan’s Ryder Cup spot was confirmed. For one of the first times this year, I can safely say, “I TOLD YOU HE WOULD!” It was a solid month for Andy all around. He stuck together a T5 at The French Open, T6 at The Scottish Open and a T12 at The Open. Not only was it a lucrative couple of weeks but was topped off with all those Ryder Cup Points. His pitfall was The PGA Championship. Read more...
Just weeks after Nike surprised many (including its own athletes) by announcing it would stop making golf equipment, players such as our own Michelle Wie have been inundated by rival golf-club companies desperate to see our star using their stuff. Wie signed with Nike back in 2005, on a reported $5million a year contract. Upon last month’s news Wiezy echoed the thoughts of many Nike golfers by sympathizing with the staff who are due to lose their jobs saying, “More than anything, I appreciate the incredible people on the equipment side who have always helped me in every way possible. Read more...
We’ve had a hectic 2016 season with the climax of it all happening over the past two months. This is probably why Jason Dufner has been relatively quiet on social media. I guess he’s got a small thing called golf to focus on. Anyway, thankfully he’s not the only Dufner I follow. His dog Prince Louie's cuteness is hard to ignore. While I’m pretty sure Jason’s ex-wife got custody in the divorce, I can’t help but continue to follow this adorable pup. Read more...
After 4 rounds, 72 holes and 47,253 steps, an exhausted VPAR Team completed Macmillan’s Longest Day Golf Challenge. They’d left for the course at 5:20am equipped with bananas, cereal bars, chocolate and a boat-load of water. After 12 exhilarating hours of golf, the team had covered over 23 miles of rolling greens and burned over 5,300 calories each. Weakened but in high spirits, they returned to the clubhouse for a few (15) celebratory drinks. Read more...
Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 5-1 odds “I’m not afraid of mosquitos. I’m more afraid of bears.” Luckily for Henrik Stenson, the spectacled bear (the only indigenous bear in South America) is not known to attack humans. So realistically, Stenson should be more cautious about the brand new course that he, nor his Tour counterparts have played yet. Since Stenson is at a career high, why not take a shot on the bullish 40 year-old? In his last two tournaments Stenson has won The Open and tied for 7th at the PGA Championship. Read more...
Our boy gave us several juicy nuggets to chew upon at The Open. Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Jason Dufner, Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson all stayed in the same “frat house” near Troon. As it was Justin’s first Open, staying with last year’s winner Zach Johnson would have been special for two reasons. 1. He got to pick the brain of a previous Champion. 2. He got to give himself a preview of lifting the Claret Jug - which would inevitably happen on Sunday. Read more...
Last month, I met Andy Sullivan and the Sully Army. Did I inspire him to new heights? Quite possibly.  Since then he’s had two top 10 finishes and a top 15 at The Open.  It’s safe to say July has been a consistent month for Andy and continues to keep his Ryder Cup dreams alive! You might say, "So what Howard? His performances lack the all-important win.” However I like to look at the small things. Read more...
In October 2009, Michelle Wie accompanied fellow golfers Padraig Harrington, Matteo Manassero and Suzann Petterson to present the case for including golf at the next Summer Olympics. Despite large resistance from some commentators, they were successful – it was seen as a huge achievement towards the worldwide legacy of the sport. High-5’s all-round. Fast forward 6 years and following the withdrawal of the top-4 ranked men’s golfers and a further 15 eligible golfers dropping out, the sports showcase is being labelled a major embarrassment. Read more...
It’s a running joke within my group of friends that if it’s 10pm and I’m still awake it’s a miracle. I’m considered the grandma of the group, who has a child-like bedtime and always dips out early to hurry off to bed before the night is truly over. I don’t apologize for any of it. And I hope Jason doesn’t either. So, to answer your question Rowan - yes I did see it. Read more...
Rio 2016 marks the first time in 112 years that golf has been included in the Olympic Games. You’d think athletes would be chomping at the bit to take home a gold medal. However, it appears otherwise. The majority have released statements of growing concern over the Zika virus. Golf is played outside and in marshy terrain acting as a Petri dish for mosquitos. We get it.  However, Rory McIlroy took a more brazen and perhaps honest approach. Read more...
Rory McIlroy - Odds to Win 9/1 Rors is an angry man. His last Major Championship win at the 2014 PGA at Kiawah is a distant memory. He tore ligaments before last year’s Open. And a frustrating 2016 leaves much to be maligned about. Barltusrol’s 7,400 yards plays into McIlroy’s long driving and accurate iron play that we finally saw at Troon. It’s his last chance of a 2016 Major. Read more...
The last time The Open was played at Royal Troon we watched 56th ranked Todd Hamilton outlast Ernie Els in a playoff. Talk about an upset! Who does Team VPAR think will take home the coveted Claret Jug this year? Henrik Stenson – Odds to Win 25/1 (Rowan Northcott, UK Sales Consultant) The iceman is looking very sharp at the moment. A three shot victory seemed inevitable after Henrik shot a bogey-free second round 65 at the BMW European Open in Germany. Read more...
After the flurry of excitement of #SB2K16, JT has let us catch our breath and stepped aside allowing other competitors to win golf tournaments. And while he hasn’t been winning any golf recently, he’s definitely been victorious in the wardrobe department. His outfits at the US Open were right on the money. Hats off to Ralph Lauren.  Day one consisted of wonderfully accented reds, whites and blues. Read more...
Listen up everyone. I have met Andy Sullivan. I have met the Sulli Army. Do I need say anymore?   How you might ask? On a sunny morning in June, I was lucky enough to be at one of the finest golf days I have experienced. Of course, I had the inside scoop that Andy was playing that day, so I arrived early to do some photo work. While I was waiting for the arrival of the players, I found myself in Andy’s chair. Read more...
The 2016 US Open will likely be remembered more for the controversy and somewhat farcical decision making of the rules officials, than potentially one of the best Major Championship performances of a generation by the eventual winner Dustin Johnson. The whole episode now dubbed ‘Amateur Hour’ immediately reminded me of the time back in 2008 when a then 18-year old Wie fell short of the rules, and felt the punishment. Read more...
While all eyes were on Dustin Johnson, the USGA and the questionable handlings of the U.S. Open, I was more interested in how Jason Dufner was performing. By the conclusion of the 116th U.S. Open Championship Dufner had secured himself his 6th career top 10 in a major championship at 2-over 282. Adding this year’s results into the mix, Dufner will now have arrived with top 20s in three of his last four U. Read more...
Last year Spieth became only the 6th player to win the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same year. Who has team VPAR picked for this year’s Open? Hint - not Jordan. Dustin Johnson – Odds to Win 15/1 (Tommy Forte, PGA Pro and US Director of Golf) This is DJ’s year. It has to be. Dustin Johnson has knocked on the Major Championship door too many times to not be in this conversation. Read more...
Unless you were hiding in some underground nuclear bunker for the last couple of weeks, you will have been exposed to Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Smylie Kaufman and JT living it up in the Bahamas as part of #SB2K16 – Spring Break 2016. We already knew that these guys live remarkably. However, the insight from Snapchat was a wonderful way to see how these guys unwind. Kaufman danced on a golf cart, Spieth showed off his David Feherty impression and Fowler dove off a pontoon. Read more...
It’s safe to say, that Andy Sullivan continues to progress up that steep learning curve. April and May have been a brutal two months, and this summer the battle will only continue. Now that Andy’s returning to the UK to play in the Irish Open and the BMW PGA, I have no doubt we’ll see his performance get back in line.   April was tough. Andy played in multiple challenging events including the Masters and the Open de Espana at Valderrama. Read more...
The expression “never meet your heroes” is one this blogger has always failed to agree with and it appears in good company. Earlier this year Michelle Wie met-up with her golfing hero Tiger Woods at one of the Tiger Woods Foundation Clinics. Wie said of the meet-up, ‘it was really cool to meet up with him and hear him talk’.  The pair have a lot in common. Beginning as child prodigies, they both became alumni of Stanford University. Read more...
Jason Dufner’s been relatively quiet these days, both on and off the course. This is sad. While I certainly enjoy watching him sink a 40-footer off the green for birdie, I also love watching his Twitter game. From a fellow Twitter enthusiast to another, he does a fine job. So, I decided to take a look back and remind myself of the Twitter posts that compelled me enough to hit the “follow” button to ensure I never miss an update. Read more...
Earlier this year, Ian Poulter hopped on Twitter and pleaded,  “Get rid of the stuffy old rules that hold golf back. Make it more fun everyone!” The European Tour listened. Well, they listened a little bit. 2016 marks the first year ever that Tour pros have been allowed to wear shorts during practice rounds at the EurAsia Cup. While it’s a small step, it might be the start of a much younger, more relaxed golf environment. Read more...
Imagine the best possible thing that could happen. Then double it, add some chocolate sprinkles and throw a cherry on top. This is what you get. My boy JT obviously got a hole in one on the 4th hole of the Par 3 contest at Augusta National. All it took was a naughty bit of back spin off the slope, and in she went. Boom. He looked absolutely killer in a pink Ralph-y as he watched Rickie Fowler follow him to make back to back aces. Read more...
March and April have been busy months for Andy. With three top 20 finishes in his most recent events, he is clocking up some serious world ranking points and gaining fans in the process. When he received an invite to Augusta, I’m pretty sure I was more excited than when Charlie found Willy Wonka’s last golden ticket! Andy took his inspirational, fun loving and happy nature across the pond showing the United States exactly what the Sulli Army is all about. Read more...
May
03
2016
Bouncing back is something that has been on Wiezy’s mind this month and not only because she played host to the 3rd annual “Wie Love Ping Pong” charity event, raising over $50,000 for her native Hawaii’s Junior Golf Association. Yes, the pun was intended.  Much more concerning is that she missed the cut at her hometown event, The LOTTE Championship. She has now gone 32 straight LPGA events without a top 10 finish, dating back to the 2014 season finale in Naples, Florida. Read more...
Whilst I wasn’t involved in our Masters’ Prediction article, (I’ve got my hands full covering all things Dufner) you know I was rooting for at least someone on the VPAR staff to pick my favorite underdog. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. So you can only imagine how pumped I was to see that Brentley Romine of GolfWeek took Jason as his sleeper pick. Coming off the back of Dufner’s CareerBuilder Challenge win, and being ranked 61st in the world at the time, Romine proposed that, “there could be some great value in Dufner for filling out fantasy-golf lineups. Read more...
Four men and a lady sat around a conference table. While it sounds like the start of a bad joke, this is how our women in golf discussion started. The biggest issue quickly became abundantly clear. Golf fans recognize Paige Spiranac but the majority can’t name the top LPGA player of 2016. Which spurred us to ask, “is the women’s game becoming a popularity contest?” Unlike their male counterpart, the success of a female golfer seems to fall into one of two categories. Read more...
After an entire year of watching Jordan Spieth celebrate his win, kitted out in his green jacket, it’s time for a new Masters champion. Or perhaps, we could be destined for a repeat winner. We asked Team VPAR, from both the UK and the US, who they thought would take home the win this Sunday. Tommy Forte, PGA Pro & US Director of Golf Rory McIlroy – Odds to Win 13/2 Since Rory watched his 6 shot lead disappear in the 2011 Masters, he hasn’t really been in contention. Read more...
As my inaugural post, I think a good place to begin is to outline why Justin Thomas is so awesome. Reason #1: His golf swing My boy JT was the 15th longest driver on tour with an average of 303 yards in the 2015 season. The reason this is so remarkable is because of two other statistics; height and weight. Justin (yes, we’re on first name terms) is 5’10 and 145 lbs. Compare that to the Greek Gods of the golfing world, (think DJ and Adam Scott,) and he's considered tiny. Read more...
The first time I ever noticed Andy Sullivan’s name was in early 2013. I remember the day well. I had just completed a Sunday morning round at Blackmoor Golf Club in Surrey, and wasn’t performing well. But when I was sitting in the clubhouse admiring all the names of the past winners of the Selborne Salver – an elite amateur competition held in the summer, one name stood out. With a low round of 60, it was Andy Sullivan. Read more...
12 years ago, while I was finishing 4th in the regional schools 1500m race, Michelle Wie was becoming the first woman to shoot a sub-par round in a Men’s PGA event. Sure, I could put a strong case forward for mine being more impressive, but I think I may be heavily outnumbered if put to a vote. Still, we are now both 26, and according to Wiezy’s (her adopted name from fans) official website we have similar tastes; we like good food, new sneakers and the music of Justin Bieber. Read more...
Once known as the chubby kid who hadn’t seen a win since 2013, this year marked the start of something new. He’s cut his hair, divorced his wife, lost a bunch of weight, and sealed his first PGA Tour win of the year at the CareerBuilder Challenge…and I couldn’t be happier about all of it. I’m not one to fuel the rumor mill, or maybe I am, but saying goodbye to this: Might mean saying more hellos to these: Self admittedly he’s been distracted from playing golf. Read more...
Last year a team of VPAR staff arrived (unusually) bright and early at their local golf course in London, just before 5:00am. Equipped with fewer clubs, a lighter golf bag, two changes of clothes and a plethora of snacks – they took to the course. For the next 14 exhausting but thrilling hours they took 47,020 steps, repaired 355 pitch marks, and took 1,220 shots! Why’d they do this? To support Macmillan Cancer Research and participate in the Longest Day Golf Challenge. Read more...
Golf is often unfairly stereotyped for middle-aged businessmen, buddy trips, drinking on the course and Floridian retirement communities. Therefore, it may be a surprise to some that fitness and golf go hand in hand. But in today’s game, they absolutely do. The modern professional golfer trains hard to be at their peak and physical conditioning is part of that. But has it gone too far? When Tiger started his career he vowed to treat golf as a sport, not as a hobby. Read more...
As our holiday hangovers begin to wear off, it’s time to buckle down and start getting serious about the impending golf season. We’d be foolish to start off the year without a prediction piece. Each year, industry experts (and “not-so-experts”) line up to put in their two-cents. This year’s been no different. How much will Tiger actually play? Who’s destined to take home The Ryder Cup? And, should Rickie Fowler leave his high-tops at home? But there’s no need to trawl the entire internet. Read more...
To those who refuse to let the “off-season” halt their handicap reduction, we salute you. Here are 5 tips to keep your golf skills in tip top condition, even as the colder months begin to settle in.  1. Play on a Golf Simulator Whilst there is certainly no substitute for the real thing, playing Pebble Beach virtually for a fraction of the $500 green fee is a great option. Add in a few friends, a couple of beers and no drive home and you have a winning combination. Read more...
‘Golf is hard’ has become a slogan of the PGA Tour in recent years. It is a statement that all amateur golfers would wholeheartedly agree with, as a  wave of their own ‘putter bending’ memories come flooding back. Now imagine if your livelihood rested upon the game that so many of us love to hate. The average golf spectator has a slightly warped perspective of a golf professional’s life. Read more...
Post-Tiger World Tiger single-handedly placed golf into the global sporting consciousness in the late 1990s. Throughout the next decade, his Major wins kept people captivated and made the sport interesting for non-golf aficionados. Fast forward to 2015 and we witnessed what was the most exciting Major Championship year for a very long time. Having young and exciting guys, that the youth of today can associate with, captures the imagination in a similar way that Tiger did. Read more...
(London) – VPAR (www.vpar.com) – is delighted to announce that they will be the official scoring partner for UK FootGolf over the next 2 years, including the 2015 UK FootGolf Open at the East of England HQ in Cambridge. Established in 2009 and already booming in South America and the US, FootGolf has begun to gain traction in Britain over the past two years with the UK FootGolf Association (UKFGA) being formed in 2012. Read more...
1. Oosthuizen Syndrome What many have forgotten when Louis Oosthuizen won The Open Championship in 2010, was that in the second round, it was the weather that was victorious. Gale force winds of 40+ mph ensured that havoc was wreaked on Friday afternoon. Many rounds took 7 and a half hours, whilst our hero; Louis, was tucked up inside after teeing off in the second group and shooting a 67. Young McIlroy however, shot an 80 to plummet down the leaderboard, proving that at St. Read more...
Anytime the Yankees are a part of anything, it proves to be a big deal and the 5th Annual New York Yankees/ New Era Pinstripe Bowl Charity Golf Tournament lived up to the hype. The five man scramble had 37 teams on two different courses at the beautiful Forsgate Country Club in New York.  Teams would be playing on both courses that Forsgate had to offer, Palmer and Banks.  On the Banks Course, this star studded event included big time celebrities such as Johnny Damon, Craig Carton, Kyle Flood, and many New York Giants players. Read more...
In the mid-nineteenth century, British imperialists fought two wars to keep open Chinese borders to the import of opium. Fast forward to the present day and an increasingly popular and equally addictive activity is taking hold of China. This ‘Green Opium,’ as some journalists have dubbed it, was banned by the Communist Party in 1949 and the cost of the activity is still very expensive in China. Read more...
The VPAR boys, Nick and Jason, tested out their skills with World Trick Shot Champion – Geoff Swain. Not as easy as it looks! See if you can replicate them, send us your clips to win! @vpargolf Read more...
The development and advancement in technology over the past few years is mind blowing. Imagine trying to predict what 2015 would look like in the 1970s. You can now communicate instantly over live video with people the other side of the world, buy your house or book a holiday – all on your personal mobile. Golf has not escaped this tech trend, despite some strong attempts to resist change. Read more...
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Pinehurst, one of the most stunning golf courses in all of the United States, was home to the Lowe’s Swing for Charity event.  Lowe’s staff members and subsidiaries of the company absolutely loved VPAR and the idea of live scoring.  Even though it was a charity event, golfers were lauding about how much the live leaderboard was going to “turn up the competition”. Read more...
The world and his wife are picking Spieth, McIlroy, Watson and Day to win the first Major Championship of the year; The Masters. So we at VPAR thought we would try to do the impossible. Choose the outsider! Here are five that we believe are in with a shout come Masters Sunday. 1. Hideki Matsuyama (50/1) The Japanese phenomenon burst onto the scene by winning the Asian-Amateur Championship in 2010. Read more...
For the 3rd straight year, VPAR was supporting the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the Monday Pro-Am. The always anticipated event at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill did not disappoint with the winner being determined by a USGA tiebreaker. There were 28 groups of amateurs along with a pro in each group.  The format was a team net, Best Ball competition.  Plenty of impressive pros took the stage in Orlando, Florida. Read more...
Europe have won eight of the last ten Ryder Cups. The echo of the European discussions from across the pond has almost reached fever pitch now that the man who presided over the worst loss in US Ryder Cup history – Nightmare on Medinah Street – has returned again as captain. After Phil’s scathing public denouncement of Tom Watson, a task force have looked into the solution. Now that the players have the continuity, atmosphere and captain established, it is up to them to step up and perform. Read more...
Mar
02
2015
When Peter Dawson, Chief Executive of the Royal and Ancient, announced that The Open from 2017 was to be broadcast on Sky, the world of golf bellowed in rage. Participation will inevitably decline! Youngsters will no longer take up the game! Westwood labelled it ‘an outrage’, with Jacklin lamenting a ‘sad day.’ Need we be so defeatist? Initial reactions against the Murdoch empire are understandable. Read more...
VPAR, the global leader in live golf scoring and TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company are delighted to announce an official partnership in the EMEA. VPAR are now the exclusive live scoring provider to TaylorMade- adidas Golf and their growing corporate client base, will now be able to take advantage of this relationship by ordering all their apparel and prizes through VPAR. In addition, VPAR event staff will now be fully kitted out in the latest adidas Golf clothing. Read more...
The much-anticipated Omega Dubai Desert Classic kicked off in style earlier this week with an all-star challenge match between 8 of the game’s elite. The two-man scramble was held over the back 9 of the Majlis Course at the infamous Emirates Golf Club with players competing for a share of the $600,000 prize fund. European Ryder Cup winners Stephen Gallacher and Henrik Stenson were paired with fellow team members Graeme McDowell and Martin Kaymer in the first group of the 8-man shootout. Read more...
The stunning Jumierah Golf Estates in Dubai was host to the 24th Audi quattro Cup World Final 2014, complete with its new Club House which opened in time for the DP World Tour Championship held only two weeks previously. Henrik Stenson secured victory for the second year running in the European Tour event, and the teams from South Africa (2013 Group A winners) and Guatemala (2013 Group B winners) were hoping to emulate Stenson’s back to back victories for their respect countries. Read more...
This month I wanted to tackle two debates which seem to rage in bars and pubs across the world, driving passionate golf fans to distraction. The accusations usually start like this: 1. Golf isn’t a real sport is it!? 2. Why is that sport in the Olympics? It’s not the pinnacle of competition Let’s bring two chief antagonists to the box for a cross examination: “Golf isn't a sport. Read more...
This year’s edition of the Audi quattro Cup Malaysia Final once again returned to the fabulous Glenmarie Golf & Country Club, Shah Alam with 120 Audi owners, competing for a spot in the World Final. Played using the greensome format, this year’s edition saw 60 teams battle it out across the same course that hosted the inaugural EurAsia Cup earlier this year. Throughout the afternoon there were a number of teams in contention for the much-coveted title and the eventual winners Lim Choon Shyang and Hew Hong took the title by 3 stableford points. Read more...
Golfers across the country were pitted against each other, for the first time, in the same open tournament this summer. The aim, to find the nation’s ultimate pairs team. After 8 weeks of qualification, the top 24 pairs from the leading clubs in the UK batted it out on the Twenty Ten Course at Celtic Manor in the final on October 14th.  The format was simple; a pairs strokeplay competition but with a difference. Read more...
As the leaves start to fall and the air now carries that distinct cold warning of what lies ahead, it's hard to believe that less than 10 days ago I was sat on the lush banks of the 16th green at Gleneagles, awaiting my first close up encounter of Ryder Cup golf.  Jacket off, blue sky overhead, a pint of Guinness close by, a friendly chat with American and European fans alike - I was finally finding my stride, my first Ryder Cup. Read more...
For 3 days in August, the stunning Waterville Golf Course, Ireland and Carr Golf hosted the 25th World Father and Sons Invitational. Golf at Waterville is a mystical experience – the beauty of classic links land, surrounded by the sea, yet forever challenged and shaped by the elements. Over 100 years old, Waterville is rated among the top 5 courses in Ireland and the top 20 links courses in the world. Read more...
In the age of professional sport, where every stat is scrutinised, the subject of 'home advantage' is one of the key criteria in pre-match analysis. If we look at the cold hard maths, there is little doubt that playing at home increases your chance of winning. For example, an assessment over the past 3 years show teams in the NBA win on average 10.11% more games when played at home, and the NFL it is 6. Read more...
VPAR, the global leader in live golf scoring and TaylorMade adidas Golf are delighted to announce an official relationship in the US. VPAR are now a live scoring provider to TaylorMade adidas Golf. VPAR’s large and growing US Corporate client base will now be able to take advantage of this relationship by ordering their apparel and prizes through VPAR. In addition, VPAR event staff will now be fully kitted out in the latest TaylorMade adidas clothing. Read more...
Gleneagles is coming! Cast your mind back nostalgically to 2012 when Bubba Watson stepped onto the tee on the final morning of the Ryder Cup at Medinah. Disregarding the traditional stuffy silence we are so accustomed to adhering to, he whipped the crowd up into a frenzy and proceeded to smash his ball down the middle to the tune of ‘USA’ ‘USA’! The golf purists of yesteryear would be turning in their graves. Read more...
For the first time ever, golfers across the country will be pitted against each other in the same open tournament. This is made possible by using VPAR’s award winning app to score their round. A truly ground breaking competition which brings amateur golf into the 21st century, encouraging more golf to be played and competitiveness between clubs by connecting them live on the course and online. Read more...
The 2014 LPGA ShopRite Classic was held this year on the Bay Course at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club. The course hosted the 1942 PGA Championship, where Sam Snead won the first of his seven major titles. The Pro-Am for this event was huge and thought to be the largest Pro-Am associated with a professional event in the world consisting of over 1,300 rounds of golf over 2 days and across 4 courses in the area. Read more...
The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open has in the past few years because an extremely popular tournament with almost half of the world’s top 60 players this year honing their links skills in the lead up to The Open. This year the event was held on the Balgownie links at Royal Aberdeen. The star studded line up for the Pro-Am included British Open Champion Phil Mickelson and former US Open Champion Justin Rose as well as Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Sir Nick Faldo. Read more...
For the 4th year running and now in its 9th edition, VPAR were once again at the beautiful Costa Navarino course in Greece providing a live scoring experience for the PGAs of Europe Aegean Airlines Pro Am. 240 players in 60 teams from all around the world competed in a 2 day event, each playing with a pro in a best 2 from 4 stableford. The Pros then go on to play the final round competing for a 70,000 euro prize fund with the winner pocketing 7,000 euros. Read more...
Pace of play is a hot topic in 2014, from the USGA to the R&A, slow play is the discussion point in the upper echelons of the game. For many, 5 or 6 hour rounds are becoming the norm in the amateur game.  Like an infection it has also spread throughout the professional game, which to some extent must shoulder some of the blame. Habits such as their fantastical pre shot routines and Jedi mind control techniques (‘a la’ Jason Day) can now be seen at a course near you. Read more...
VPAR Live Golf Scoring is to partner the World Corporate Golf Challenge (WCGC) at this year’s England and Scotland Finals being held on the Ailsa course at Turnberry.  Elysian Golf is the new WCGC license holder extending its reach further into the corporate sector on an international scale and specialises in delivering "golfing dreams" for individuals, small groups and corporate clients. Read more...
Previously in this blog we discussed an initiative called Hack Golf and its ability to turn round the falling numbers in golf; 5 million golfers over the last 10 years...if the research is to be believed. Here at VPAR we know golf is the greatest game on earth and it just needs to adapt slightly for the modern world, not a complete revamp or gimmicks such as 15 inch holes! Following the Golf Business Forum in Abu Dhabi and HSBC’s report, we assess the current mood of the industry and postulate on what, with a few tweaks, we think the future should look like for it to flourish. Read more...
Apr
28
2014
If you were following The Masters last month, as any self-respecting golf fan would, you will have seen Bubba Watson claim his second Green Jacket. He joins an illustrious group of only 17 golfers to have won multiple times at Augusta. What struck us however, was the fine line between winning and losing on the big stage. Is Jordan Spieth not as good a golfer compared to Bubba? Or was it all in the mind? It appeared that the moment got too much for Jordan having been so cool for 3 days. Read more...
VPAR Live Golf Scoring is to partner the World Corporate Golf Challenge (WCGC) at this year’s 2014 World Final. After the success of VPAR Live Golf Scoring at the last two World Finals, the WCGC are delighted to once again announce VPAR as our Official Scoring Partner in Sotogrande, Spain. VPAR’s interactive, game-changing technology provides players with real-time leaderboards on the course, in the clubhouse and live online. Read more...
Friday (4th April 2014) saw the winners of the Sports Technology Awards announced in central London. VPAR was selected as the Best Sports App by some of sport’s elite including: Sir Clive Woodward, Olympic gold medallist Tessa Sanderson, international referee Graham Poll as well as representatives from Twitter, ESPN, The Times and The Telegraph. VPAR fought off major sports brands including Chelsea Football Club, O2 and The All England Lawn Tennis Club. Read more...
The days are getting lighter, and around the country tens of thousands of golf bags are being dusted off. Can an app help you improve your game this season? If you need the spur of competition, use VPAR to set up your very own tournament. At least one player will have to be running the app in each foursome, and entering scores hole by hole. The data is then shared live with every other player in leaderboard format and can also be viewed back in the clubhouse, giving the smallest championship that Ryder Cup feel. Read more...
Mar
28
2014
If you were to use the term "hack" amongst a group of golfing aficionados, it would most likely be in reference to some poor soul plodding their way from one hazard to the next. Back in January however at the PGA Show in Orlando, the word ‘hack’ took on a very different meaning after the CEO of TaylorMade-Adidas, Mark King unveiled “Hack Golf,” an initiative aimed to help stem participation declines in the sport. Read more...
The 2014 Kiawah Island Friendship Cup proved to be yet another great year for this outstanding event. Kicking off the spring season, the pairs amateur tournament featured a better ball format on both the Gary Player designed, Cougar Point and world famous Ocean Course. Deemed “Golf’s Fifth Major,” the event featured a thrilling competition. Now in the fourth year partnering with the tournament, VPAR Live Golf Scoring provided the official scoring over both days. Read more...
We all enjoy gathering with our buddies after a round, adding up scores from different foursomes and figuring out who beat whom in the various games that were being played. However, what if all that happened in real time, letting you know what was on the line when you were playing the last few holes? VPAR, a London-based company, offers a phone app that can create a live-scoring experience for anything from match- or stroke-play tournaments to your regular four-ball grudge match. Read more...
VPAR has been shortlisted for the Sports Technology Awards in two categories – Best Technology and Best Sports App in a Single Sport. Joining the likes of Sky, O2, Wilson and Adidas, VPAR will now go on to see which company emerges victorious at the awards ceremony in April. With technology influencing sport like never before, The Sports Technology Awards rewards and celebrates the best and most innovative technology advances within the sector. Read more...
VPAR Live Golf Scoring is proud to announce the extension of their existing partnership with Wentworth, one of the world’s finest and most prestigious golf clubs and home to the BMW PGA Championships. Following on from the already successful partnership, the multi-year deal continues to see Wentworth’s clients enjoying the marketing leading live scoring experience. “The renewal of our partnership with Wentworth further cements our position as the world’s leading provider of live scoring services. Read more...
The 2013 PNC Father Son Challenge, set at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando was the perfect way to conclude a thrilling Champions Tour season. Twenty family teams, comprised of legendary Major winners, such as Jack Nicklaus, with their sons or daughters gathered to compete for the coveted Willy Park Trophy. With pleasant weather, and a tremendous crowd, the weekend produced an amazing competition heighted further by VPAR. Read more...
Starting off the golfing year, sunny Orlando hosted the 6th annual Kingdom Cup. The event, presented by Arnold Palmer's Kingdom Magazine and held at the famous Bay Hill Club & Lodge, featured major sponsors, advertisers and supporters of the magazine, all with a common goal of raising money for charity. Occurring one week prior to the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the course was in pristine condition for all 72 participants to enjoy. Read more...
VPAR Live Golf Scoring is proud to be announced as the exclusive live scoring partner of Golfbidder, Europe’s largest retailer of used golf clubs. The exciting new partnership, allows Golfbidder to deliver extra value and a new dimension to its customers over the next 12 months whilst continuing to provide them with the highest quality of golfing equipment. With the launch of VPAR’s ultimate smartphone app, every golfer can experience the adrenaline of the game like never before, turning every round into the final day of the Ryder Cup. Read more...
VPAR has announced the opening of its latest operational hub at the heart of the US in Texas. Continuing the spreading phenomenon of ‘live scoring’ across America,  VPAR’s dedicated local team now brings the world’s leading interactive live golf scoring event experience to golf clubs, destination resorts, charity and corporate golf outings, Pro Ams and passionate golfers throughout the state. Read more...
VPAR have just been announced as a partner of the Audi quattro Cup and once again supplied the World Final at Trump National, LA in October this year with their live scoring service. Trump National is perched upon the jagged California cliffs taking advantage of one of the most incredible views in the world as well as providing a serious test for all the players over the 3 days. The VPAR interactive game-changing technology provides players with a real time leaderboard on the golf course, in the clubhouse and live online. Read more...
The World Invitational Father & Son Tournament this year marked its 24th year at the spectacular Waterville Golf Links in Kerry, Ireland, with 80 teams from all corners of the globe competing for the much coveted title. The live scoring for this year’s event was once again provided by VPAR Live Golf Scoring, the revolutionary and world leading live scoring experience that allows players to follow a real-time leaderboard on handheld scorepads as well as enabling spectators in the clubhouse and supporters live online to view everyone’s progress. Read more...
The 2013 Omnium of Belgium, the most important tournament on the national calendar, this year was held at the prestigious Limburg Golf and Country Club Houthalen. The first Omnium of Belgium in Houthalen, was contended and won in 1977 by the American Bob Wynn. It has since gone from strength to strength thanks also to sponsorship from Concentra and Securitas and is now also recognised as the PGA Championship of Belgium. Read more...
On 31st July, the sporting media descended on Stoke Park for the launch of VPAR Live Golf Scoring’s new and exciting iPhone Application. Nestled in 300 acres of Buckinghamshire parkland estate, Stoke Park is a stunning venue and provided a great test for the players. There were 5 teams on the day competing for the prestigious VPAR Cup with each team representing their chosen charity and the winner receiving a donation – so all was to play for. Read more...
To celebrate the University of St Andrews’ 600th anniversary, 72 golfers from around the world descended on the home of golf to compete in a 3 day tournament. The event took place across 3 of Scotland’s finest courses; Kingsbarns, the Duke’s and the Old Course which all offered a combination of stunning views across the coast as well as challenging conditions to test golfers of all abilities. Read more...
Since 2011 VPAR Live Golf Scoring has been contracted by the R&A to provide the integral link between the walking scorers and the golfing public with a live scoring element at the European International Final Qualifying (IFQ) event for The Open Championship. These qualifiers were introduced in 2004 and are held on five continents to give more players from around the world the chance to gain direct entry into golf’s oldest championship. Read more...
The 2013 Porsche Inter-Company Golf Challenge Final took place at the Waterloo Royal Golf Club, Belgium. The Club, founded in 1923, lies next to the famous Waterloo Lion which marks the point where the British defeated Napoleon and his troops in 1815. On a day that produced both heavy rain and wind alongside glorious sunshine, the 140 players faced a battle of their own in a bid to take the crown. Read more...
For the 8th consecutive year, Aegean Airlines organised the international golf tournament “Αegean Airlines Pro-Am”, considered one of the most important golf events in Europe. This year the event took place across two stunning golf courses, The Dunes Course and The Bay Course at Costa Navarino, Messinia. 256 players from all over the world competed, with a total prize fund for the 60 professional players amounting to €70. Read more...
The Ladies European Tour stopped off in Holland for the Deloitte Ladies Open 2013 and this year was held at the brand new International Course, just outside Amsterdam. Another first was that VPAR Live Scoring was used at the event. Having previously been trusted on the Men’s European Tour at pro-ams in Wales, Scotland, HSBC Abu Dhabi as well as various US events including the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill; this was the first Ladies professional 3-day event to benefit from the system. Read more...
The inaugural Celebrity Cup this year saw 24 celebrities battle it out over two days representing England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales at The Celtic Manor Resort. The 9 hole course was set up using a combination of holes from two of their championship courses, The Montogermie and The Roman Road. Six celebrities on each team including stars such as: Sir Steve Redgrave, Rob Brydon, Alan Hansen and Dragon’s Den Peter Jones played in a Ryder Cup style format in what was a fiercely competitive contest. Read more...
The Shire London this year played host to The EFF Charity Golf Cup, an event run in aid of The England Footballers Foundation. The day offered up the chance for the players to meet some of the England football team as well as enjoy a unique trick shot demonstration from Kevin Carpenter. Situated just north of London, the ‘Masters’ at The Shire is the UK’s only Seve Ballesteros designed golf course, For the second year running, the day took advantage of the revolutionary VPAR Live Golf Scoring system allowing the players to follow the scores on handheld scorepads setting up a nail biting finale for those on the courses as well as spectators in the clubhouse and live online. Read more...
The 4th annual ‘Heroes National Celebrity Golf Day’ was held at the stunning 300 acre Buckinghamshire parkland estate of Stoke Park.  With the rain of last year but a distant memory, the sun was out and spirits were high amongst the guests and plethora of celebrities including ambassadors Dan Walker and Georgie Bingham. The event raises money in aid of Help for Heroes and yet again generated a phenomenal amount of money for this fantastic cause. Read more...
The Stoke City Football Club golf day this year took place at Wychwood Park on a cold and blustery day which would test the nerve of any golfer. The day offered up the chance for the sponsors and players to meet some of the Stoke City first team and they didn’t disappoint as Peter Crouch, Michael Kightely, Matthew Etherington and Ryan Shawcross turned up, which for them was a welcome break from training. Read more...
It was a clear 73 degree day in Orlando and Arnold Palmer was ready for 115 of his closest friends. TOUR Professionals and Amateurs alike all were able to enjoy the friendly confines of Bay Hill Club & Lodge.  This year’s Champions for Arnold’s Kids Pro-am saw the addition of VPAR Live Golf Scoring, a first at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard as well as on the PGA TOUR setting the stage for what was to be the ultimate golf experience. Read more...
  The 7th Annual Friendship Cup at Kiawah Island Resort was contested on the world famous Ocean Course, site of the 2012 PGA Championship, and the Jack Nicklaus designed Turtle Point Golf Course.  For the second year running, the tournament’s official scoring was provided by VPAR Live Golf Scoring. The revolutionary and world leading live scoring technology allows players to follow a real-time leaderboard on handheld scorepads. Read more...
VPAR Live Golf Scoring is to once again partner the World Corporate Golf Challenge (WCGC) at this year’s 2013 World Final in Scotland. After the success of VPAR Live Golf Scoring at last year’s World Final in South Africa, the WCGC are delighted to announce VPAR as the Official Scoring Partner.   VPAR’s interactive, game-changing technology provides you with a real time leaderboard as you are playing. Read more...
The 2012 World Final of the Volvo World Golf Challenge was this year contested at the beautiful Zimbali Country Club in South Africa. Alongside the ever-changing weather the course, which offers a mixture of stunning ocean and forest views, provided the scene for a thrilling competition.  The official scoring for this year’s event was provided by VPAR Live Golf Scoring. The revolutionary and world leading live scoring solution, allows players to follow a real-time leaderboard on handheld scorepads setting up a nail biting finale for those on the course, spectators in the clubhouse and supporters live online in their home countries. Read more...
VPAR Live Golf Scoring, the market leaders in real-time, competitive amateur golf event experiences, has launched its latest international operational hub, this time in the Caribbean. From its base in the Dominican Republic, VPAR is delivering the world’s leading interactive live golf scoring event experience to golf clubs, destination resorts, charity and corporate golf event planners and passionate golfers throughout the region. Read more...
The 2012 Audi quattro Cup World Final, held at the stunning Arabella Golf Club in the Western Cape, saw a nail biting finish on the final day in both Group A and Group B. For the second year running the competition took advantage of the revolutionary VPAR Live Golf Scoring system, allowing the players to follow the live leaderboard and setting up a thrilling finale for those on the course, spectators in the clubhouse and supporters live online in their home countries. Read more...
The 2012 International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) Golf Tournament took place across four courses along the stunning Algarve coastline. Whilst each course had its victors there was one victory that stood out amongst the others. Pestana Vila Sol provided the setting of a battle for victory between two teams clearly hungry for victory. The first, and 2012 Champions, Team Wolff [Andreas Wolff, Frank Docherty, Gerrit Le Comte, Oliver Drury] and their rivals for the crown Team Pinto. Read more...
VPAR Live Golf Scoring, the pioneer in real-time, competitive amateur golf event experiences, has launched its latest operation in Belgium. VPAR is rolling out the world’s leading interactive golf tournament system to clubs, brands, charities and event companies throughout the country. “Belgium is a growing golf market with a rich golf tradition,” says Jan Baert, Principal VPAR Belgium. Read more...
VPAR Live Golf Scoring announces the launch of its latest international operations centre in the heart of Dubai. From its UAE hub VPAR’s dedicated local team offers the world’s most advanced interactive golf tournament experience to clubs, resorts and event organisers across the Gulf.  “Golf in the region continues to progress at an incredible pace” says Ross Bain, Principal of VPAR UAE. Read more...
VPAR Live Golf Scoring has announced the launch of an exclusive new feature that enables amateur golfers to emulate Ryder Cup Matchplay at VPAR tournaments around the world over the next week. “At a time when excitement is mounting over who will take Ryder Cup glory this year at the Medinah Country Club, every amateur golfer wishes they could experience the thrill and emotion of the Ryder Cup for themselves. Read more...
  VPAR Live Golf Scoring announces the opening of its latest operational hub in the heart of New England.  From a new dedicated service center in Marion, Massachusetts, VPAR is bringing the world’s leading interactive live golf scoring event experience to golf clubs, destination resorts, charity and corporate golf event planners and passionate golfers throughout the region. VPAR’s scoring system delivers a pro tournament experience to every golfer through an innovative handheld leaderboard that enables each player and team to track their progress, check out the competition and see what’s happening elsewhere on the course as the game unfolds. Read more...
California is hooked on golf with 921 established golf courses and 24 new golf facilities being built this year. Now, for the first time, amateur golfers throughout The Golden State can experience the thrill of the professional game in their favorite club with the launch of a new real-time tournament experience from VPAR. "VPAR Live Golf Scoring is a golf event experience that makes keeping track and planning your next move instant, intuitive, and totally addictive. Read more...
Cleveland Golf/Srixon has announced that VPAR Golf Scoring will be the official scoring system for the its two day invitational event at Turnberry in August. The Cleveland Golf/Srixon Invitational takes place on 6th & 7th August 2012 on the famous Ailsa and Kintyre Course’s at Turnberry just two weeks after the Senior Open Championship is played over the links. It is an opportunity to reward 45 club professionals and their chosen amateur partner for their custom. Read more...
The innovative live scoring service provided by VPAR is now available to golf event organisers at four of Ireland’s very finest golf resorts.  The K Club, Carton House, Druids Glen Resort and Powerscourt Golf Club have all recently signed exclusive partnerships with Ireland’s VPAR team, ensuring live scoring will play a great part in the future of golf events at each venue.  “VPAR is extremely proud to have been selected to work with such esteemed partners” said Rob Hill who oversees VPAR in Ireland. Read more...
VPAR Live Golf Scoring is supporting Spain’s leading golf channel, Canal+ Golf in one of the country’s most popular national amateur tours.  Now in its third year, this year’s Club De Canal+ Reale Seguros tour includes four major tournaments held at El Encin, Real Club de Golf de Sevilla, El Prat and El Saler together with a number of satellite events in the Balearics. 140 players teed off on the 19th and 20th May 2012 at this month’s first major event at El Encin near Madrid. Read more...
The biggest corporate golf tournament in the world, The World Final of The World Corporate Golf Challenge, teed off between 1st and 6th May 2012 at South Africa’s most prestigious golf venue Fancourt.     Since its inception 19 years ago over one million golfers have competed across the globe for the chance to represent their company and country.  This year VPAR Live Golf Scoring was at the heart of the tournament action enabling every player to get inside the game and see what was needed to get ahead. Read more...
VPAR Live Golf Scoring is proud to support the Heroes National Celebrity Golf Day in support of the Help for Heroes charity.   The event, to be held on 25th April 2012 at Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire, England, builds upon the success of previous events with sporting legends and celebrities taking part to mark this special day. The day will have a strong military theme with a shotgun start prepared and fired by military personnel. Read more...
During 2012, players from all over the world will compete in The Golf Championships, a series of televised events which include the Million Dollar Invitationals, a high-stakes competition. The Million Dollar Invitationals series, to be broadcast on CBS later in 2012, will host four events at premiere golf courses in the US, Europe and the Caribbean. VPAR Florida will be supporting the events in all territories. Read more...
Paul Fenton, Managing Director of eGolfScore UK, franchisee of US-based real-time golf scoring eGolfScore Inc, has joined leading rival VPAR Live Golf Scoring. Paul joins VPAR to spearhead a number of new initiatives within its rapidly growing corporate, venue and charity events division. Jason Stoop, Managing Director of VPAR said "Paul brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience having successfully supplied real-time golf scoring events to major clients for over seven years. Read more...
In 1786, America’s first golf course was built in Charleston South Carolina.  Today, there are approximately 368 golf courses around the state in settings that are unrivaled for their variety of beauty and topographical features. This month we’re pleased to announce the launch of VPAR Live Golf Scoring across South Carolina. “Golf Digest ranks South Carolina among the nation’s top golf destinations”  Jason Stoop, Managing Director of VPAR,   “Golf generates more income than any other single entertainment or recreation activity in the state. Read more...
Jan
11
2012
This month we’re delighted to announce the launch of VPAR Florida.  Florida is a golfers paradise, home to some of the most renown courses in the USA including TPC Sawgrass, Doral, Bay Hill, Innisbrook and Seminole, to name a few. The PGA tour takes advantage of the mild climate every spring, and year round sunshine attracts golfers to the state from all over the world.  With 1,287 golf facilities serving 1. Read more...
Dec
21
2011
VPAR ends 2011 celebrating the launch of its new operation in Spain. “Spain is the leading  European golf tourism destination” Jason Stoop, Managing Director VPAR, “and domestically golf is the third most popular sport.  Spain is a prime market for VPAR Live Golf Scoring to focus on.  Generating EURO 2.6bn for the Spanish economy and with 10% domestic growth forecast for 2012, Spain is bucking the trend witnessed in other countries at this time” VPAR has an extensive calendar of events and tournaments planned throughout Spain in 2012 including at the renowned La Manga Club in April. Read more...
Throughout 2011, Audi dealers from 53 different countries organised more than 754 tournaments with over 79,000 amateur golfers participating at an Audi quattro Cup tournament. This year the international final is being held at the world’s largest golf club, Mission Hills, China. “The Audi quattro Cup is the largest and most prestigious amateur golf tournament in the world” Jason Stoop, Managing Director, VPAR. Read more...
This month Callaway is launching the 2nd edition of “The Players Cup” at the prestigious and challenging Golden Greens Golf Club.  For the first time the tournament will be supported by VPAR, the world’s most advanced live scoring system. The Player’s Cup provides regular tournaments for competitive and advanced players who currently do not have any organised competitions to participate in. Read more...
September is another exciting month for VPAR as we welcome our members and clubs across Australia through our new partner Quattro Golf. “Golf is Australia’s biggest competitive participant sport. With 1.8 million domestic golfers and 200,000 international golf tourists each year, we’re thrilled to be able to roll-out live golf scoring in such a vibrant and energetic market” Jason Stoop, Managing Director – VPAR. Read more...
From early 2012, players from all over the world will be invited to experience The Golf Championships – a high stakes Million Dollar Invitational series. Four tournaments will be held at Half Moon Bay, California, Walt Disney, Orlando, The Carrick at Loch Lomond, Scotland and the Montego Bay, Jamaica with each winner receiving $1million in prize money. CBS television will be covering the events bringing the drama and excitement of this new format to American weekend audiences. Read more...
Make-A-Wish® Malaysia teed-off to a fabulous fundraising start by organising its inaugural charity golf tournament at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club. The Maybank Malaysian Golf Open venue proved to be a treat for golfers who were introduced to a short game clinic with golfing greats Alan Murray and Stewart Ginn demonstrating some pro tips and tricks. VPAR Live Golf Scoring made its maiden appearance on the course – the first real-time scoring event ever held in Malaysia. Read more...
On 17 March 2011 VPAR hit the course at the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling. In an event coordinated by our new partner, Impact Golf, eager participants from across the region seized the opportunity to play in their first adrenaline-filled real-time scoring tournament. “For the last few years VPAR has given European amateurs the opportunity to emulate their professional heroes. We’re delighted to be extending this experience to Asia with a class-leading partner”- Jason Stoop, Managing Director VPAR. Read more...
Matt Cooper from Sky Sports attended the VPAR experience day at the beautiful Burhill Golf Club in Surrey. This was the first opportunity for Matt and other journalists to test drive the new 2011 VPAR features. Read Matt’s article below to find out how he did. The Thrill of VPAR By Matt Cooper As enjoyable as a day of competitive golf can be, for those of us in the very low reaches of amateur golf (even, actually, many of those higher up the chain) the thrill of playing whilst knowing your exact position in the tournament is one we can never appreciate. Read more...
Golfing takes ambition, concentration and precision. All of which are also reflected in Audi’s philosophy of Vorsprung. That’s why, every year, thousands of golfers around the world play in Audi-sponsored tournaments including Audi’s most impressive golfing tournament – the Audi quattro Cup. The Audi quattro Cup is the largest and most prestigious amateur golf tournament in the world. Read more...

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