The ShotLink Intelligence℠ Prize, a competition developed jointly by the PGA TOUR and official technology partner CDW that challenges academics to find the best new application of ShotLink statistics, is returning in 2014 with an increased prize of $30,000 in technology from CDW for the winning paper. (More: ShotLink Intelligence Prize - FAQs)
The PGA TOUR and CDW teamed up in 2012 to sponsor the ShotLink Intelligence Prize, an output of "ShotLink Intelligence Powered by CDW." The competition challenged academics to find the best new application of ShotLink data to golf science.
The PGA TOUR initially began sharing ShotLink data with academic institutions in 2005, establishing a formal process for academics to gain not-for-profit access to the wealth of statistical data collected by ShotLink at PGA TOUR tournaments for academic purposes. The program has grown substantially since then, and now has the potential to offer far greater insights into the PGA TOUR.
The winning paper from 2012, as determined by a panel of judges, was authored by Lucius Riccio, Ph.D., a senior lecturer in discipline at Columbia Business School, who used ShotLink data to determine the PGA TOUR’s best long approach shot ball strikers.
Throughout 2014, academics will have the opportunity to analyze ShotLink data and submit entries during the first quarter of 2015. The winner will be announced in early March 2015 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, of which CDW is a sponsor. The conference will be held at the MIT campus in Cambridge, Mass. More details on ShotLink Intelligence Powered by CDW and the ShotLink Intelligence Prize are available at www.pgatour.com/shotlinkintelligence.
2013 WINNER: Dr. Lucius Riccio
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