Leg #1 of the current HOG World Tour is complete. I’m blogging from Battista’s Hole In The Wall Italian Restaraunt in Las Vegas via my iPad.
Battista’s is one of my fav places to chomp in Vegas. Can’t wait for Gordy the accordion player to play me his rendition of The Godfather.
I’ll crash in a cheap room tonight and then jump on a 6:00am flight to Dallas for the Byron Nelson Championship.
I’ve been hearing that the weather in Dallas is very bad, with tornado warnings. Hope that weather is gone by 10:40am when I land.
I’m leaving for the longest HOG World Tour excursion yet, first stop being an overnight in Vegas which is my air hub for this leg of the HWT.
Since I’ll be doing so many live tweets for the HP Byron Nelson Championship and other tweets from the road at the Mesquite Amateur etc, I’ve added a live feed widget to the left column here. Now you can check BOTH my twitter feeds by just coming here and reading the entries in the left column!
Today I’m wrapping up loose ends, charging up all my digital golf media batteries and doing a lube oil and filter on my golf cranium. I’m prepping for what is sure to be the most insane two week period in the history of the HOG World Tour.
First off, I’ll be teaming up with HP to provide an unrivaled blogging and social media experience at this week’s HP Byron Nelson Championship. HOG World Headquarters will be centered in the HP hospitality suite, perched above the 16th hole of the TPC Four Seasons in Irving, Texas. From my plush workstation next to the food and wet bar I’ll be hard at work at my HP machine cranking out the HPBNC hits. I’ll be posting all sorts of cool content from the tournament including blogs, tweets, photos, videos, behind the scenes features and anything else I can gather. I’d really love to show some content the normal Joe doesn’t see and the regular golf media never covers.
Live Content Stream
The content stream will be found in many places online like here on Hooked On Golf Blog, The Golf Space, the HP Byron Nelson Championship web site, as well as social media outlets like the HOG Twitter, TGS Twitter and Facebook. At the tournament the stream will be live on huge digital screens at the tournament! HP will have a system in place which will be live streaming the social media updates from media (like me) at the tournament as well as fans at the tournament or at home. Fans are allowed to bring media devices into PGA Tour events now and the HP system will also be streaming fans’ updates as well. Needless to say, there will be a social media blitz coming from this tour event on a level which has never before been reached.
HP Byron Nelson Twitter Hash
To follow the goings on at the Byron with Twitter, simply type this “hash” into Twitter’s search bar: #hpbnc Or you can follow this hpbnc Twitter link.
If you want to post your own updates which may appear live on the boards at the tournament, just post the hash “#hpbnc” (without the quotes) in a tweet. Keep in mind, that they’ll be moderated at the tournament so any boneheads who type inappropriate content won’t get their 10 seconds of fame.
Events & Attractions
Not only will I be providing content about the tournament, I’ll be checking out all of the cool events and attractions at the Byron.
HP has a “Technology Zone” which will have all sorts of cool high tech gadgetry for people to experience. The zone is open from 9am-6pm Wednesday through Sunday.
There will also be another zone, this one for kids. Inside the “KidsZone” are all sorts of fun activities like mini golf, bouncing, arts and crafts, as well as interactive games. Maybe I’ll take on a kid or two at mini-golf and see if I can beat them out of their allowance.
Nightly concerts in the HP Pavilion include Professor D, Jack Ingram and Le Freak.
Since it is Memorial Day weekend, there will be several patriotic initiatives at the Byron. The National 9/11 Flag will be on display in the Pavilion Thursday. Patrons will be invited to prepare care packages for our troops in a tent on Champions Way. 1,200 VIP tickets will be distributed to local military as well as complimentary general admission to the tournament to any military member.
There will be so much going on, I won’t be able to cover it all so just stay tuned here on HOG/TGS as well as my twitter feeds.
HP Byron Nelson Field
Who’s playing this week at the HP Byron Nelson? Some big names include Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Anthony Kim, Vijay Singh, Brandt Snedeker, Nick Watney and Sergio Garcia. The full field list is below.