Virtual Golf Tournament will be Livestreamed on Facebook
NEW YORK, NY, June 23, 2020 – The National Basketball Players Association and its for-profit arm, THINK450, are pleased to announce that it will host its first-ever online World Golf Tour (WGT) tournament on Wednesday, June 24. NBPA members Danilo Gallinari, Garrett Temple, Mason Plumlee and Seth Curry will compete against one another on WGT by Topgolf, the #1 online, free golf game which allows players to virtually play legendary courses such as Wolf Creek, Kiawah and Pinehurst.
Hosted by the NBPA, the Michelob ULTRA Open on WGT by Topgolf is a one-day tournament, with three rounds of nine holes of play. The winner of the tournament will receive $25,000 to be donated to a charity of their choice related to either COVID-19 or social justice efforts.
- Round 1: Danilo Gallinari vs. Seth Curry at 4pm EST
- Round 2: Garrett Temple vs. Mason Plumlee at 5pm EST
- Championship Round: Winner of Round 1 vs. Winner of Round 2 at 6pm EST
"At THINK450, we are focused on establishing new opportunities for players that align with their interests off the court,” said Payne Brown, President of THINK450. “Golf is a favorite pastime of many of our players as well as many NBA fans, and partnering with WGT and Michelob ULTRA on this tournament will be an exciting way for these guys to showcase their skill and competitive spirit while also supporting a nonprofit of their choosing.”
“We are thrilled to partner with the NBPA and Michelob ULTRA to help create a one-of-a-kind experience on WGT by Topgolf that will not only engage and excite fans around the globe, but also provide a way to give back during these challenging times,” said YuChiang Cheng, President of Topgolf Media. “At our core, we believe in finding innovative ways to bring live entertainment to our communities and we look forward to seeing this exciting competition come to life.”
“We at Michelob ULTRA appreciate any opportunity to support a great cause while bringing joyful and unique experiences to consumers,” said Ricardo Marques, Vice President of Michelob ULTRA. “These talented athletes are forces to be reckoned with on the court, so it will be exciting to see them bring the same energy and enthusiasm to this friendly, virtual golf match.”
"Golf has always been a fun hobby and another competitive challenge for players like myself,” said Danilo Gallinari, one of the four players who will be participating in the Open. “This tournament is a great opportunity for us to compete against one another, connect with fans and use our platform to support organizations that are making a real impact in our communities at this time.”
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About the NBPA
The National Basketball Players Association is the union for current professional basketball players in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Established in 1954, the NBPA’s mission is to protect and support the rights and talents of our players, magnify the power of their collective will, and amplify their voices as leaders who will transcend sport and society globally.
The NBPA advocates on behalf of the best interests of all NBA players, including the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, the filing of grievances on behalf of the players, or counseling players on benefits, educational and post-NBA career opportunities. Business opportunities are generated by THINK450, the for-profit subsidiary of the NBPA charged with managing the players’ group licensing rights.
Dedicated to preserving the legacy of its members, the NBPA Foundation provides support and assistance to persons, communities and organizations around the world that seek to improve the lives of those in need.
THINK450 is the for-profit subsidiary of the NBPA, focusing on innovative business opportunities in various industries including, content & media, grassroots events, licensing, marketing and technology— among others. In representing every current NBA player, THINK450 partners with leading companies and brands to help its members capitalize on the unparalleled value they bring as cultural influencers and community leaders. For more information, visit THINK450.com.
About Topgolf Entertainment Group
Topgolf Entertainment Group is a technology-enabled global sports and entertainment community that connects people in meaningful ways through the experiences we create, the innovation we champion and the good that we do. What started as a simple idea to enhance the game of golf has grown into a movement where people from all walks of life connect at the intersection of technology and sports entertainment. Topgolf Entertainment Group’s platforms include Topgolf venues, Topgolf Media, Topgolf International, Toptracer and Topgolf Swing Suite.
About WGT by Topgolf
WGT by Topgolf, an esports experience from Topgolf Entertainment Group and part of Topgolf Media, has become the leading online golf game designed to connect sports fans through a free, realistic, virtual golf gaming experience. Acquired by Topgolf in 2016, WGT now has more than 28 million users worldwide and brings gamers, golf enthusiasts and professional golfers together from around the world to play championship courses and iconic holes in photorealistic quality. This event, produced by Super League Gaming, adds to the growing presence of Topgolf in the esports space. To download WGT, visit m.wgt.com.
About Michelob ULTRA
Introduced in 2002, Michelob ULTRA is currently the fastest growing beer brand in the United States by share and the No. 2 beer in the industry by dollar sales. With just 95 calories, 2.6 carbs and no artificial flavors or colors, it is a superior light beer that celebrates the active, balanced lifestyle of its drinkers that includes both fitness and fun. Michelob ULTRA’s choice of grains and extended mashing process leads to its refreshing taste and fewer carbohydrates. It is brewed with the finest barley malt, rice, hops, and a pure-cultured yeast strain, all of which reflect Anheuser-Busch’s commitment to brewing quality. Michelob ULTRA reminds you to always drink, and sweat, responsibly.