The Golden Tee World Championship is a little more than three months away—inching closer day by day.
We now have seven qualifiers total. (More on that in a bit.) We have two separate qualifying events moving quickly, with huge scores being posted. And yes, we even have a small location change of note to get to, so let’s get to it.
Here is what is new when it comes to the Golden Tee World Championship.
Small (But Noteworthy) Championship Location Change
The dates remain the same: May 19 through May 21. As does the arrival airport.
Hi Scores Bar-Arcade will still host the 2017 Golden Tee World Championship, but it will be the Hi Scores Bar-Arcade in Las Vegas, Nevada NOT Henderson, Nevada.
The two locations are actually quite close to one another, but the Las Vegas location—where we’ll be handing out the big check to this year’s victor—is more accommodating in terms of space.
It will allow us more room to spread out the 16 Golden Tee Showpieces™ we are planning to bring, which means more games to be played, a more functioning event and more time to play one another during down time.
It’s bigger, newer, closer. This is also good news for those planning to stay on the Las Vegas strip. It’s closer to the main block of hotels than the other location, which is a plus for those wishing to try their luck at the tables.
Here is the address for the new location; please take note qualifiers and potential qualifiers. Please book your casinos accordingly.
Hi Scores Bar-Arcade
4785 Blue Diamond Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89139
We Have a New Qualifier!
Congratulations to Minnesota’s Tony Johnson for qualifying for the World Championship. Tony earned his way in by being the No. 1 overall player on the Golden Tee Home Edition World Rankings in the month of January.
His -31.8 average across all five courses—a ridiculous total—was best by nearly a full stroke. In posting these scores, Johnson became the seventh player to qualify for the event.
Reminder: Home Edition players, we are still handing out two more spots. The No. 1 player on the Golden Tee Home Edition World Rankings for February and March will also receive a Las Vegas invite.
Visit home.goldentee.com for more.
A Look at the Leaderboards
Here is where we stand into early February—February 8, to be exact.
More than 325 players have shot 10 games across all five courses and received a rank on the Prize Play leaderboard. The scores near the top and the competition is really heating up as we approach the one-month countdown.
On the other leaderboard, for non-prize play states, four players have played their 50 games with many others closing in on that mark.
On March 15, both leaderboards will close. The top 50 finishers on the Prize Play side will be included; the top three for non-prize play players will be added as well.
There is five weeks to go, which means there is still time to have your say on either event if you haven’t yet. Just play 10 games on each 2017 course, and you have a shot. Do not miss out on an opportunity of a Golden Tee lifetime.
An Update to the Prize Payouts
This has been asked a handful of times over the past few weeks, so let’s address it here. All 64 players who qualify for the World Championship and attend the event in Las Vegas—and please note, you must attend the event in order to collect your prize—will go home with cash.
Our winner will walk away with $10,000, their face in the game and the avenue to create their own 18-hole course to be featured on #freakyfriday.
But what about all the other payouts? Here they are in full. (Please note some slight tweaks to the Silver bracket because the event will be single-elimination. The minimum prize is now even higher.)
Championship Bracket (Double Elimination)
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
Silver Bracket (Single Elimination)
1st Place: $1,500
2nd Place: $1,250
3rd Place: $1,000
4th Place: $750
5th-8th Place: $600
17th-32nd Place: $350