VGA Tour Winner Announced

 

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MEDIA
ALERT: NOVEMBER 14, 2000 

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VIRTUAL
GOLF ASSOCIATION TOUR $100,000 WINNER ANNOUNCED

 

Paul
Willey Takes Home Top Honors From Hawaii

 

Microsoft
today announced that Paul Willey, of Palmyra, Maine, is the first-ever
$100,000 WingspanBank.com Virtual Golf Association Tour (VGA Tour) winner. The
finals of the VGA Tour took place yesterday in Honolulu, Hawaii, with Paul
Willey besting Mike Schuetz of Manassas, Virginia, by winning the final match
with a score of two and one. NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana, an avid golfer,
served as "celebrity caddie" and presented Willey with the $100,000
check. The VGA Tour kicked off in March of this year, and saw more than 12,000
duffers take part.

 

In
the championship match play round, Willey and Schuetz were even after the
first five holes and at the halfway mark, Willey was up by one. He maintained
his lead until 13, where he added another hole to pull ahead by two. At the
14th hole, Schuetz sank a beautiful putt to drop Willey’s lead back to one. It
was a nail-biter to the end, but Willey kept the pressure on and never let
Schuetz pull ahead. Willey closed out the match with an 18-foot putt on the
17th hole to win two and one.

 

Modeled
after the real-world golf tournaments of the PGA Tour, PGA of America and USGA,
the WingspanBank.com VGA Tour offered a series of sponsored online golf
tournaments that were comparable in size, scope and visual appeal to the
actual professional golfers’ tour. The first event on the VGA Tour began March
10, with PC golfers competing on a simulation of the Bay Hill course. Other
tournament courses included The Old Course at St Andrews Links, Firestone
Country Club, Mauna Kea, and Innisbrook.

 

To
reach the finals of the VGA Tour, each semi-finalist spent an entire season
competing against more than 12,000 tournament participants that signed up to
play on Zone.com (http://www.zone.com). Players accumulated money-board
earnings based on their performances in these monthly tournaments. In October,
the top 64 money-board leaders competed in an online semi-finals tournament to
determine the four players who would head to Hawaii and compete for the
$100,000 cash prize.

 

For
more information on the VGA Tour, go to:

http://www.zone.com/vga/

 

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