Fantasy Fairway – 2013 Season in Review
Wow what a fantasy golf season we had at FantasyFairway.com. We had a record number of players and leagues, all-time high in total points scored, and most importantly the most cash and prizes payouts ever. Below is a recap of the season, broken down by segments:
Segment #1 – Team “The Show” came out firing in the first segment and really got his season going strong in the first tournament of the year (Sony Open in Hawaii) with a T3 from Charles Howell III. The big payout was the Phil Mickelson winner in the Waste Management Open which netted the Show over 1 million points (a la Dr. Evil). The show sealed is lead in segment 1 with two strong showings in the WGC events, capturing a 4th place from Ian Poulter in the Match Play event and bringing home the victory in the WGC-Cadillac Championship with Tiger Woods that earned The show 1.5 million points and after other decent showings in the segment made him the Segment #1 champ and the owner of a brand new Nike SQ MachSpeed STR8-FIT driver. Direct quote from “The Show” in winning the segment and the driver – “Thanks again for all of your efforts with our Fantasy Fairway League. This is my third year and I’m having fun each and every week!” The Commish aims to please!
Segment #2 – I have been running FantasyFairway.com for 3 years now and have run fantasy golf leagues for nearly 6 and I have never, repeat NEVER seen a run on tournaments like the one I saw in Segment #2 from team “ND”. This guy put on a clinic, literally. This was ND’s first year playing with us and the first year for his league on the site and this guy was NOT messing around. He started off with Adam Scott for the win at the Masters, the first tournament in Segment #2 that netted him nearly 1.5 million points and followed that up with a solo 3rd at the Crowne plaza. After two top 20 finishes, he won the Zurich Classic Tournament in New Orleans with Billy Horcshel (which the Commish saw live) a T2 with Scott Stallings at the St. Jude and a win at the memorial with Matt Kuchar. In the first 8 tournaments of segment #2, ND racked up 3 victories, 3 top 3 finishes, a T12 and T19. ND earned over 5 million points over 8 tournaments, which is crazy. I tell this story all the time, but to put that into perspective a few years back, yours truly, won my friends and family league (no funny business I promise). Over the entire 32 tournament season, I won with just over 5 million points and this guy nearly topped that in 8 tournaments. Additionally, over half of ND’s total points of 9.7 million (spoiler alert – he won the site grand prize of $2,000 dollars) were earned in these 8 tournaments or 1 segment.
Segment #3 – The third segment started out sluggish for team “4 Iron Punch”, but it heated up in the middle. After a modest start over the first 4 tournaments of the year, he cashed a top 10 from Steve Stricker at the John Deere Classic and that ignited a hot streak. He scored a win with Phil at the Open Championship for nearly 1.5 million combined with a T9 for Chris Kirk in the same week. The following week he picked up a win with Snedeker at the Canadian Open (1 million) and another win the very next week with Tiger at the WGC – Bridgestone (1.5 million). Not only did the 3 wins in a row (wow, I guess I didn’t realize until now that it was 3 in a row – impressive) win the segment and driver, but it put 4 iron punch in contention for the grand championship and $2000 cash prize.
Overall – If you read the segment reviews page, no surprise here but ND took home the grand prize and the $2,000 cash that goes along with it. 4 Iron punch gave it a solid effort, but in the end ND’s dominance in segment #2 proved to be too much and 4 Iron finished about 750k away from the 9,796,730 points ND put up over the season but did earn enough to take home $500 cash. Team Red Rockets, Par 6, and Range Balls & Borrowed clubs rounded out the top 5 and each took home a Nike Dri-Fit polo and $250, $100, and $50 respectively. Among other prizes and cash payouts, the grand prize winners totaled almost $3,000 in real cash.
Congratulations to all of the top 10 finishers below:
As for your old pal the Commish, full disclosure I finished a measly 54th in the friends and family league and, are you ready for this, 167th overall and a solid 5 million points behind ND. It definitely was not my year, but I am already prepping for next year!
What a great year it was and I hope we are able to continue to grow and add people to the site, which will allow us at FantasyFairway.com to offer more cash, more prizes, and hopefully more options in the future.
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