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So the Hack Golf initiative kinda went underground for a while, but just yesterday it surfaced for air and announced the first program to receive its support (so yes, this is really kinda sorta happening!). And the first recipient is... Hack To Jack! Yep, the reality show here in Minneapolis will be getting some significant support from TaylorMade and HackGolf for Season 2 this year (I just signed up for a repeat performance!!). Here's the scoop directly from TaylorMade... *Update â€“ We're pleased to share with the Hack Golf community the name and contribution of the first participant we're supporting for experimentation in 2015. The idea, submitted by Kevin Unterreiner, is called â€œHack to Jackâ€ - a golf reality show, skills challenge and game improvement program. The Hack to Jack Golf Reality Show was far and away the most engaged contribution on hackgolf.org since the site launched. The concept generated more than 800 likes and nearly 175 comments; a summary of the idea includes the following: "I've created and launched "Hack to Jack", a golf reality show that allows average (or beginner) golfers to audition, do skills challenges, and if selected by the popular vote of their friends & family, advance to a final round where they work with PGA Teaching Professionals, chiropractors and personal trainers to see how much their game & fitness can improve over 12 weeks. Along the way there will also be fun TEAM competitions to create rivalry not only between players but also with the teaching pros. Watch for some fun twists and things people have never seen before on the golf course...basically having a BLAST with the focus being on having fun vs. shooting low scores." Kevin will be responsible for providing updates on our progress with the community and additionally, helping to spearhead the report we're developing to synthesize the progress of Hack Golf, to be delivered in April. Stay tuned for more information as we begin our support for Hack to Jack, and for more news and details on the second idea chosen for experimentation. Hack To Jack is receiving $25,000 in sponsorship money from TaylorMade, so Season 2 promises to be more active and a real show. Season 1 was mostly a proving grounds to see if the idea had merit. So far, so good. Season 1 was unconventional - lots of competitions that ranged from the serious to the silly - but it was a hell of a lot of fun (and my Handicap dropped 3.5 strokes!). Season 2 is going to feature 2-man teams and will focus on improvement, fitness and fun. This is pretty cool news for the Hack To Jack program - we'll see what the future brings for Hack Golf, but it's great for Hack To Jack! http://hacktojack.com
So gang, here's the latest on my quest to be a finalist in the Hack To Jack Golf Reality Show... The final "auditions" start this weekend. They're splitting it up into 4 groups, and my audition will be March 11th. They're going to hold a "skills" competition and a video interview to weed the group down to the final 12. They're then going to pick four more out of the 350 people who didn't make it to the final 100, for a total of 16. From there the final 16 will go through an extended game improvement program, including workouts, a weekly lesson from one of the PGA instructors at the Minnesota Golf Academy, and on the course events. They're already planning at big golf weekend at one of the resorts in Northern Minnesota sometime in May. The whole whoopdeedoo has been a blast so far, and have met some fun, new people, which is why we play this game, isn't it??? And my MGS Vancouver Open hat has sparked some interest!!! They had a big Cleveland Demo Day and fun event this past weekendâ€¦some pretty crazy competitions, but it was a good time... And if you haven't gone to the Hack Golf site yet, please do so and vote for the Hack To Jack concept. The organizers have posted the show as a way to help grow the game and make it more fun for everyone, which is a concept I support wholeheartedly. Here's a link to the Hack Golf voting site. And for more info on the Hack To Jack concept, here's a link to their Facebook page. And here's a link to their website. Thanks again for all your support during the voting. Will keep you up to date over the next couple of weeks. Wish me luck!!!!