ShotLink Intelligence Powered by CDW
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 2015 with a prize of $30,000 in technology from CDW for the winning paper.
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 first winning paper, 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 2015, academics will have the opportunity to analyze ShotLink data and submit entries during the first quarter of 2016. The winner will be announced in early March 2016 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.
2014 WINNING PAPER: Dr. Neil Metz and Dr. Daniel Hickman
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the ShotLink Intelligence Prize?
The competition challenges academics to find the best new application of ShotLink data to golf science.
Who is eligible?
The "ShotLink Intelligence Powered by CDW" program is available to anyone within the academic community interested in using the PGA TOUR's ShotLink data for advanced analysis. Generally participants in the program are professors or graduate students at higher education institutions across the world. Once in the program, participants have access to the PGA TOUR's structured dataset of golf shots collected at our professional events. The data is available for analysis at any time and is updated weekly.
Those interested in becoming a participant in the program can find more details at http://www.pgatour.com/ShotLinkIntelligence or by e-mailing ShotLinkIntelligence@pgatourhq.com. Provide your name, contact information, academic institution, intentions for data analysis and/or publication and the PGA TOUR will respond shortly with steps to enroll you in the program.
How do I submit a paper for consideration and what is the deadline?
Members of the ShotLink Intelligence Program may submit a paper by emailing the PGA TOUR at ShotLinkIntelligence@pgatourhq.com with "ShotLink Intelligence Prize" in the subject line. We will respond with steps to submit your paper to the competition. Entries must be submitted by December 31, 2014 and the winner will be announced at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, of which CDW is a sponsor. The Conference will take place February 27 and 28, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts and more information on the conference itself is available here: http://www.sloansportsconference.com/
Does my paper have to be unpublished in order to submit?
While preference will be given to more recent work, all papers will be accepted for consideration, including those previously published provided they use the ShotLink data set.
Who is judging the competition and how will papers be judged?
The panel of judges includes Professor Mark Broadie of Columbia Business School; John Paul Newport, Wall Street Journal golf journalist; Steve Evans, PGA TOUR Senior Vice President, Information Systems; and CDW's Matthew Troka, Senior Vice President of Product and Partner Management. Submissions will be judged by a four-member panel based on their contribution to golf science using the PGA TOUR's ShotLink dataset. Examples of other papers that have utilized ShotLink data are available at http://www.pgatour.com/stats/academicdata/institutions.
When will the winners be announced and will the winning papers be published?
The winner will be announced at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, of which CDW is a sponsor. The Conference will take place Feb. 27-28, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts and more information on the conference itself is available here: http://www.sloansportsconference.com/
What prize will be awarded?
A $30,000 technology prize from CDW for the winning paper: $20,000 in technology will be granted to the school and $10,000 to the author.
What is the cost to participate in ShotLink Intelligence and the ShotLink Intelligence Prize?
There is no cost to participate in the program or to compete for the ShotLink Intelligence Prize.