A couple of months ago in this blog, I wrote a piece about The Kodak Challenge, a Kodak sponsored meta-game, in which PGA Tour players compete for the best eighteen scores on thirty “Kodak Challenge” holes from across thirty different tournaments. The player with the best 18 hole score on those holes from across the season wins $1 million.
Nice, but only interesting to about 142 people in the United States—the members of the PGA Tour who actually have a chance to win the million. To quote myself:
It’s an interesting concept. It’s just too bad the fans couldn’t be more involved in the whole thing. As neat an idea as The Kodak Challenge is, I just can’t see the general public caring about the outcome.
A nice idea would have been for Kodak to allow fans to pick a fantasy golf team of players, with the “owner” of the best team winning some prizes. That would keep up interest among the cognoscenti.
So what does Kodak come up with: A fantasy Pick ‘Em. Now—just as The GolfBlogger suggested—fans can pick a team of four players in hopes of winning various prizes, including a season-ending “Disney Golf Dream Vacation.”
I should hire myself out as a consultant on things such as these. Kodak can thank me for my advice by sending one of those nice Kodak EasyShare Z915 cameras so I can take my own golf course photos.
The entire press release follows:
New Fantasy Golf Game Opens Kodak Challenge to PGA TOUR Fans
Free “Kodak Challenge Fantasy Pick ’Em” to offer prizes, including a “DISNEY Golf Dream Vacation”
ROCHESTER, N.Y.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—One of the most exciting new events on the PGA TOUR this season, the Kodak Challenge, is inviting golf fans to play along with the professionals. Kodak is launching a new fantasy golf league, the Kodak Challenge Fantasy Pick ’Em, which enables fans to experience the action of the Kodak Challenge in a free online game at http://www.fantasy.kodakchallenge.com. Participants are eligible for Kodak prizes as well as a season-ending giveaway to win a “DISNEY Golf Dream Vacation for Four.”
The Kodak Challenge Fantasy Pick ’Em gives fans an intimate view of The Kodak Challenge, in which players compete against one another on designated Kodak Challenge holes in 30 different PGA TOUR events. The player with the lowest cumulative score relative to par on his best 18 Kodak Challenge holes at the end of the PGA TOUR season wins $1 million and the Kodak Challenge trophy.
Pre-registration for the Kodak Challenge Fantasy Pick ’Em, hosted at http://www.fantasy.kodakchallenge.com, will be open from April 30 to May 24. The inaugural Kodak Challenge Fantasy Pick ’Em contest will take place during the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, May 28-31.
“The excitement of the Kodak Challenge is building as the season unfolds, and now golf fans have a way to play along,” said David Feherty, CBS Sports golf analyst and a member of the Kodak Challenge Advisory Board. “Kodak Challenge holes have been at the center of the action at PGA TOUR events this season, including Tiger Woods’ exciting win at Bay Hill 18th hole on March 29. Playing the Kodak Challenge Fantasy Pick ‘Em gives fans a way to join their favorite players and get right into the action.”
To participate in the Kodak Challenge Fantasy Pick ’Em, fans select their favorite fantasy foursome for each of the Kodak Challenge holes, earning points each week based upon the golfer’s best score for that week’s designated hole. Results will be based on a modified score to par system, and weekly first-place winners will receive their choice of a KODAK Digital Camera, Pocket Video Camera, All-in-One Printer or Digital Picture Frame. All players also receive an entry into the “DISNEY Golf Dream Vacation for Four” Grand Prize giveaway each time they submit a fantasy roster.
Kodak Challenge Fantasy Pick ’Em Details:
* Pre-registration at http://www.fantasy.kodakchallenge.com takes place from April 30 to May 24.
* The first week of Kodak Challenge Fantasy Pick ’Em competition for game players will occur during the Crowne Plaza Invitation at Colonial on May 28, 2009, where PGA TOUR players will battle it out on the par-3, 171-yard 13th hole.
* Complete rules and scoring information is available via http://www.fantasy.kodakchallenge.com.
* Game players will be awarded a Grand Prize giveaway entry for each week they submit a roster. If a fan plays each week, they will accumulate 17 entries in the season-ending drawing.
* Fans that sign up by May 24 earn an extra entry into the Grand Prize drawing at the end of the season.
* The Grand Prize DISNEY Fantasy Golf Vacation will be selected in a random drawing after the final Kodak Challenge 2009 tournament.
* Fans can sign up for the Kodak Challenge Fantasy Pick ’Em game by visiting http://www.fantasy.kodakchallenge.com.
“Golf fans everywhere have been asking for a way to get involved in the Kodak Challenge,” said Jeffrey Hayzlett, Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company. “We’re responding with a game that’s easy to understand and fun to play.”
About The Kodak Challenge
The Kodak Challenge is a unique competition for PGA TOUR players and fans and celebrates beautiful holes and memorable moments on the PGA TOUR. Each of the Kodak Challenge holes was selected by the Kodak Challenge Advisory Board in collaboration with Kodak and the PGA TOUR. All players can compete, and all they have to do is play. Players must play at least 18 of the 30 Kodak Challenge holes to be eligible to win. A player’s lowest score relative to par on his best 18 Kodak Challenge holes will be counted. The player with the lowest cumulative score relative to par wins $1 million and the Kodak Challenge trophy. For more, go to http://www.kodakchallenge.com.