Electric~Spin, NDS, Dream Shot Golf and the Wayne Gretzky Foundation join
forces to host the world's first Live Virtual Golf Tournament at the Ford
Wayne Gretzky Classic Presented by Samsung
TORONTO, June 25 /CNW/ - Electric~Spin, the creators of the award-winning
Golf Launchpad series of golf simulators, and NDS, the world's leading
provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, today announce the
locations for the world's first Live Virtual Golf tournament - the Ford Wayne
Gretzky Classic Par-3 Challenge presented by Samsung. In addition, Dream Shot,
a promotional program between Dream Shot, Inc. and golf course operators, will
see fans get the chance to win $10 million at the Dream Shot Shootout in Las
"We are honored to be involved in the Live Virtual Golf Tournament at the
Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic and offer golfers a chance at their Dream Shot,"
said John Brda, Dream Shot President. "The golf fans who can sink a
hole-in-one shot, or win the Live Virtual Golf tournament will be presented
with our $10,000 prize package and qualify for our Dream Shot Shootout in Las
Vegas where they can win $10 million."
Thursday, June 26 through Sunday, June 29, while the Classic is being
played in the Town of the Blue Mountains, Ontario, fans can compete in the
world's first Live Virtual Golf tournament played on Electric~Spin's home golf
simulator, the Golf Launchpad Tour. Participants will compete, virtually, in a
closest-to-the-pin contest on Hole 17 of the Georgian Bay Club, one of the
Classic's host clubs.
The Live Virtual Golf Tournament can be played at the following
- Samsung Tent at Blue Thursday, June 26 -
Mountain Village Friday, June 27, 11am-6pm
- Samsung Tent at Thursday, June 26 -
Georgian Bay Club Sunday, June 29, 8am-5pm
- Wayne Gretzky's Restaurant Saturday, June 28 -
Sunday, June 29, 11am-5pm
Although golf fans won't be able to compete for the Wayne Gretzky Classic
purse, there is a wide variety of prizes up for grabs.
Competition prizes for the Live Virtual Golf Tournament include:
- A Samsung ML-1640 printer for each day's closest-to-the-pin winner
and a Samsung U3 MP3 player for each day's contest runner-up
- A dream golf simulator setup including a Golf Launchpad Tour, Stance
Mat, Sony PlayStation3 console and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 for PC and
PlayStation3, courtesy of Electric~Spin for the grand prize winner
- A $10,000 prize for the golf fan(s) who sinks a hole-in-one shot, and
entry to the $10 million Dream Shot Shootout in Las Vegas
"Live Virtual Golf is the world's first application that combines
simulation and telecast to create a truly unique golf experience, so we're
very excited to debut this technology at such a first-class event," said
Anees Munshi, CEO of Electric~Spin. "This will also be a great opportunity for
fans to help the Wayne Gretzky Foundation in their mission to help less
fortunate youth, while experiencing the thrill of competing against the pros."
Live Virtual Golf combines the Golf Launchpad Tour, Electric~Spin's most
recent addition to its line of ultra-realistic home golf simulators, with NDS'
industry leading Xtreamplay(TM) advanced games technology, enabled by NDS
MediaHighway(R) set-top box middleware, to create the ultimate virtual golf
experience. Golf fans can play and compete with their own clubs, on the same
course, at the same time - from the comfort of their own home.
"Live Virtual Golf is a great showcase for our Xtreamplay(TM) technology,
which combines video and interactive overlays to bring a unique experience to
golf fans," said Jesper Knutsson, Global Vice President of Interactive at NDS.
"We are also pleased to support the Wayne Gretzky Foundation in their worthy
For more information about the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic Par-3
Challenge, the world's first Live Virtual Golf tournament, visit
www.electricspin.com or www.gretzky.com/golf.
Electric~Spin Corporation, the subsidiary of Electric~Spin Ltd. (TSX - V:
ESC) is the worldwide leader in home golf simulators marketed under its Golf
Launchpad brand and carried by premier retailers in over 16 markets worldwide.
Electric~Spin designs, develops and manufactures its golf simulators,
accessories and software at its headquarters in Woodbridge, Ontario, and at
its Asian subsidiary. For media inquiries, please contact Meghan Howard at
Dittoe PR at 1-317-202-2280 ext 15, or Nadia Alfano at Electric~Spin at
1-866-571-7746 ext 413. For more information, please visit
NDS Group plc (NASDAQ: NNDS), a majority owned subsidiary of News
Corporation, supplies open end-to-end digital technology and services to
digital pay-television platform operators and content providers. See
www.nds.com for more information.
About Dream Shot
Dream Shot is an innovative program for the golf course customer, the
golfing community, charitable organizations and the golf course
owner/operator. The Dream Shot program is a partnership between Dream Shot,
Inc. and golf course operators. For operators Dream Shot is a brand new
revenue stream and promotional tool that does not require a capital
investment. For customers it is an opportunity to win the most substantial
hole in one jackpot in golf history, guaranteed to a minimum of $10 Million
along with a variety of prizes along the way. For more information, visit
www.dreamshotgolf.com. For media inquiries, contact David Cowan of Dream Shot
at email@example.com or 1-647-404-3069.
About The Wayne Gretzky Foundation
Founded in 2002, the Wayne Gretzky Foundation's mission is to provide
underprivileged youth with the opportunity to experience the sport of hockey.
This goal will be accomplished through the donation of hockey equipment and
ice time, as well as providing the opportunity for young people to attend
professional hockey games. The Wayne Gretzky Foundation believes that hockey
instills many positive life skills and contributes to the physical, emotional
and social growth of young people.
About the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic presented by Samsung
The Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic is being held in the Town of the Blue
Mountains June 23-29. The Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic will provide fans with
the opportunity to watch 160 professionals and 160 celebrities and amateurs
pair up in a pro-am style tournament. As an official Nationwide Tour stop,
players will be competing for one of the year's largest purses at $800,099,
with all four rounds televised on the Golf Channel. Two courses will host the
tournament - The Georgian Bay Club and the Raven Golf Club at Lora Bay - with
proceeds from the tournament to benefit local charities and the Wayne Gretzky
Foundation. Further information, including tickets and volunteer
opportunities, can be found at www.gretzky.com.
For further information:
For further information: PRESS CONTACT: For Electric~Spin: Meghan
Howard, Dittoe Public Relations, (317) 202-2280 x.15, firstname.lastname@example.org; For
NDS: Kelly Fitzgerald, Breakaway Communications, (212) 616-6006,