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Reality television is taking another run with golf. But this one has a catch in that it requires some who can make their point in very few words. Golf Digest, the United States Golf Association and NBC Sports are again asking average American golfers “What Would You Shoot?” on a U.S. Open course. The second Golf Digest U.S. Open Challenge will test one winner at the site of the 2009 U.S. Open Championship – the Black Course at Bethpage State Park – next June.
The 2009 contest presents a challenging twist right from the start as hopeful participants have only SIX words to explain why they think they can break a score of 100. There is some irony here as this campaign/contest involves Golf Digest. The word count is a peculiar one in attempting to offer a compelling argument to single out why someone should make the final cut.
However, seeing sometimes is believing and therefore entrants may also submit a short video (less than 60 seconds) that further supports their six words. Contenders will be narrowed down to five finalists, with the winner to be chosen by the public, through online voting, in March and April.
Golf fans can go to to submit their six-word essay. The submission period runs through Jan. 31, 2009. The winner of the Golf Digest U.S. Open Challenge will play 18 holes on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y. only days before the 2009 U.S. Open Championship. NBC will broadcast the round, which will include three celebrities accompanying the winning contestant, as a 90-minute television program on June 21, prior to its final round telecast of the U.S. Open.