Selection Process

Learn more about the selection process for the Golf Digest U.S. Open Challenge.

Released on 3/16/2010

Transcript

00:05
(bright acoustic guitar strums)
00:08
[Voiceover] This is our third year for the contest,
00:09
I think we've got about 30,000 essays this year.
00:13
Obviously the star of the show this year is Pebble Beach.
00:16
(acoustic guitar chords)
00:20
The essays come in to a website.
00:22
This year you typed in 60 words
00:24
on why playing in The Challenge
00:26
would change your life.
00:29
We came up with about 50 to 60
00:32
that we thought were really interesting.
00:34
We talked to those people on the phone,
00:36
or we went and visited them.
00:38
We invited 13 to The Reunion Resort in Florida,
00:43
sort of for a test run.
00:45
This is the picture I saw
00:46
when I looked up Reunion Resort.
00:48
[Bob] They get videotaped, they get photographed,
00:50
they tell us about their story,
00:52
and they show us their golf game.
00:54
These guys and gals,
00:55
this is what golf is, right?
00:57
All sorts of swings, and abilities.
01:00
Is your A game here today, you think?
01:02
A game (mumbles).
01:04
I don't know if it's the A game. (laughs)
01:06
[Bob] And at the end of that, we choose five.
01:10
Here we go! Woo-hoo!
01:12
(electric guitar riffs)
01:14
I'm a principal of an elementary school.
01:16
I am the Executive Director of The Newseum.
01:19
I've been out of work for a couple years.
01:21
I am the Choir Director at Andress High School,
01:23
in El Paso, Texas.
01:25
And I'm a plumber.
01:27
[Bob] I think the reason the USGA did this
01:28
was because they wanted to show that golf is for everyone.
01:32
Most of the kids in my building
01:34
haven't necessarily even seen golf.
01:36
One of the reasons I entered this contest
01:38
is to show them that education has taken me to my dream,
01:42
and that they can do those things as well.
01:45
My daughter came running in to the kitchen table,
01:47
and handed me this piece of paper,
01:49
and that's when she started jumping up and down.
01:51
She goes You're going to Pebble Beach.
01:53
I entered you in a contest, and my essay won!
01:57
[Bob] I mean we have all walks of life,
02:00
and yet they all share one thing.
02:02
And that's this huge, huge love of the game of golf.
02:06
I'm very much a golf nerd.
02:07
I keep stats, I'm the guy studying the yardage book
02:11
the night before a round.
02:14
If Golf Digest gave me this opportunity,
02:16
I would practice every day.
02:17
My wife would be furious with me.
02:20
Please, please ruin my life.
02:22
It would be fantastic.
02:24
It's time to give an Average Jane a chance.
02:26
Whether it ends up that I prevail,
02:29
or I flail,
02:30
it'll be entertaining.
02:31
I feel like that golf by itself
02:33
is an American Dream to me.
02:34
[Bob] We choose five.
02:36
Those five, the finalists, will be voted on online,
02:39
during the month of April.
02:41
And the public decides, ultimately,
02:43
who will represent the average American golfer,
02:46
on the U.S. Open course,
02:47
in front of NBC cameras,
02:49
the week before The Open.
02:51
(electric piano trill)
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