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This is brilliant. Golf World rolled out its first-ever “Dream Assignment” contest on April Fool’s Day. It’s like America’s Next Top Model meets wannabe or unemployed golf writers. Tagline? “Are you America’s next great golf writer?” Duh! The details:
Aspiring writers are invited to submit an 800-word story covering a professional golf tournament that has taken place during the month of April on any of the pro tours (PGA Tour, Champions Tour, LPGA Tour, Nationwide Tour). Entries will be evaluated by an esteemed panel of judges consisting of Geoff Russell, Golf World editor-in chief; Bob Carney, creative director for Golf Digest Publications; John Marvel, Golf Digest Digital Managing Editor; and Jimmy Roberts, NBC Sports contributor.
The winner of the contest will be given the opportunity to attend this year’s British Open at legendary St. Andrews and experience life as a golf journalist inside the ropes. He or she will also write a column recapping the tournament, which may be featured in Golf World’s British Open Coverage Issue (July 26 – August 2 issue).
I’m in! I think. Maybe. I mean, I always thought it would be fun to be a contestant on America’s Next Top Model, but my height would have gotten in the way. So now I have my chance to enter in an equally glamorous contest.
Oh, only if we could turn back the clock a year. I’ve already experienced life as a golf journalist inside the ropes. Never at the British Open, though, at St. Andrews, no less. Does that still make me eligible? I figure they’ll probably pick a bright-eyed college student. Oh, you know what would be both telling and morbidly hilarious? If the winner winds up being a(nother) balding, middle-aged white guy.
I’ll be honest — when I first went to the site, I thought it was an April Fool’s Joke and thought it was like the greatest prank in the world. Let me explain, the announcement I first came across was on a blog-like site with “Golf World” in the URL. I mean, why wouldn’t they just post the announcement on the main website?
I suppose it would have been a cruel joke, but I figured they wouldn’t let it go so far that people would actually go through the trouble of writing their masterpiece. You know, like around 5PM, they’d say, “April Fool’s, suckers!” But maybe I was just too paranoid about this silly non-holiday. Naw. I was giving the golf media too much credit for orchestrating a would-have-been amusingly clever hoax — and not enough for masterminding a smart and creative challenge.