The wait is (nearly) over. It all begins on Monday. On 12:01 a.m. central time on November 2, qualifying for the Golden Tee World Championship will begin on the Daily Contest.
The GT World Championship will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the AMOA Amusement Expo on March 16 and March 17 of next year. But before we get to the live event, we must first find the 32 players who will compete for a piece of history and the $10,000 top prize. Here’s much more on qualifying, prizes and details of the live event.
Two World Championship spots will be decided through live events. Club Lucky’s TOC and Power Events’ POTY Event will send players to Vegas. Houston’s Mark Stenmark, winner of the TOC, is the lone qualifier thus far.
The remaining 30 spots will be awarded through the Daily Contest. Qualifying for the WC will take place Monday, November 2 through Friday, January 15.
To qualify, all you have to do is play the Daily. Play as many games as you’d like during the day to improve your score for that given contest. Not only will you be rewarded cash prizes, per usual, but each Daily Contest will now hand out World Championship Points to the top 500 finishers each and every day.
The 30 players with the most points after the January 15 contest will be awarded a ticket to the World Championship.
Here is a breakdown of the daily point system and how points will be handed out daily.
1st Place: 100 points
2nd Place: 80 points
3rd Place: 70 points
4th Place: 60 points
5th Place: 50 points
6th to 10th Place: 40 points
11th to 20th Place: 30 points
21st to 30th Place: 25 points
31st to 50th Place: 20 points
51st to 75th Place: 15 points
76th to 100th Place: 10 points
101st to 200th Place: 5 points
201st to 300th Place: 3 points
301st to 400th Place: 2 points
401st to 500th Place: 1 point
Please note: All players will be eligible to receive points during qualifying. The winners of the live events mentioned above, despite earning World Championship bids, will not be excluded from earning points during the Daily Contest. However, because they already qualified, they will not be eligible to qualify again.
In the instance that this happens, we will go down one (or two) places on the World Championship Leaderboard to fill the bracket. In the end, there will be 32 unique players competing in Las Vegas. Total Great Shot Points will serve as the first tiebreaker. The next tiebreaker, if necessary, will be Total Golden Tee Points over the same time period.
The Golden Tee World Championship leaderboard will be accessible on the GT Caddy. We will also have a Leaderboard on LIVEWIRE starting Monday. It will update each day and include Total World Championship Points as well as Total Great Shot Points—in games counted for the Daily Contest—over the course of the qualifier.
As for the live event, we will have ample time to explain the format soon enough. The prize pool, however, is both significant and important. Here’s what you’re playing for.
1st Place: $10,000
2nd Place: $5,000
3rd Place: $4,000
4th Place: $3,000
5th-6th Place: $2,500
7th-8th Place: $2,000
9th-12th Place: $1,500
13th-16th Place: $1,250
25th-32nd Place: $750
On Monday, the day the 2016 courses are put into the Daily Contest rotation, everything changes. A long process will begin on Golden Tee 2016, and we can’t wait to get started.