July 20, 2015 - Golf GameBook

Getting Closer to The Open: Priceless

Today is the final day of The 144th Open at the home of golf – St Andrews, Scotland. Spectators around the globe are anxious to see who will take home Claret Jug, The Golf Champion Trophy. Golf GameBook teamed up with MasterCard to offer two lucky golfers in the UK a priceless chance to be an official scorer at The Open. The winners of the draw, David Ross and Derrick Hoxey, experienced an unforgettable day at St Andrews, as they were the official scorers for two of the marquee groups on the first day of The Open.

David Ross (on the left) and Derrick Hoxey (on the right), with GameBook co-founder Kalle Vainola

David Ross (on the left) and Derrick Hoxey (on the right), with GameBook co-founder Kalle Vainola

Mr. Hoxey, from Dover in Kent, scored for Stewart Cink, David Duval and Ben Curtis. Mr. Ross, from Aviemore in the Highlands of Scotland, scored for Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen and Tiger Woods. Mr. Ross explained his experience in the following way:

Unbelievable. A once-in-a-lifetime experience. It would have been amazing getting to walk around with professional golfers anyway, but to be walking around with Tiger Woods, Jason Day and Louis Oosthuizen and watch them hit the ball and see how they go through their process was just something that will stay with me forever. Just amazing.

Derrick Hoxey's Priceless Moment at The Open

Derrick Hoxey’s Priceless Moment at The Open

Without a doubt Mr. Ross and Mr. Hoxey were thrilled of the experience and they truly thank Golf GameBook and MasterCard for the priceless experience. When we asked Mr. Hoxey on a scale of 1-10, how many points he would give his day, he laughed and replied, “I can’t go up to 15?” Mr. Ross added:

Louis Oosthuizen and Jason Day actually signed a ball for me and on the way out Tiger Woods and Jason Day both shook my hand, thanked me and said ‘hope you enjoyed it’. That made my day. Or made my year actually.

144th The Open at St Andrews

We would like to warmly thank all GameBook users in the United Kingdom for participating and actively using Golf GameBook.

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– Susanna
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6 responses to “Getting Closer to The Open: Priceless”

  1. David Richardson says:

    So jealous, what a fabulous experience.

    • Johanna Alho says:

      I share that feeling with you David! But just keep using GameBook, we might have some more amazing prizes to give away in the future… 🙂

  2. Derrick says:

    Days like this just do not happen to people like me. When I got the original call I thought it was a scam to get my MasterCard number lol

    • Johanna Alho says:

      And yet there you were at St Andrews walking the course with three Open Champions… And after all that still got to keep your credit card details to yourself! 😉

  3. dernick says:

    This has got to have been the best day of my golfing life so far. I have been to watch the open when it was in sandwich but to actually walk around the old course at St Andrews was unbelievable. I cannot thank MasterCard enough for giving me the opportunity to have done this. Walking around with 3 previous winners and seeing the players close up and the different technics used to keep the ball out of the wind is something I will never forget.

    • Susanna Sarkki says:

      Glad to hear that the experience was unforgettable. Stay active on GameBook and moments like this will happen again. Enjoy your summer of golf 🙂

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