Sun Develops State-of-the-Art Computerized Scoring System for The 1999 Sprint International
Brings Golf to the Net Economy by Giving Spectators First Time Access to Real- Time Tournament Information
CASTLE ROCK, Colo., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Spectators who attend The Sprint International at Castle Pines Golf Club, Aug. 16-22, will be able to monitor play via a Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW - news) state-of-the-art computerized scoring system never before seen at a PGA TOUR event. As patrons walk the golf course, they will be able to access the Sun scoring kiosks to see up-to-the-minute scores of every player in the field, biographical information on all players, 3-D views of every hole and green via virtual reality fly-over shots, full motion video highlights and detailed statistical data on every player.
As the official scorer of the 1999 Sprint International, Sun will have 125 computerized scoring kiosks at key tournament locations. Spectators will be able to follow the tournament in real-time, with user-friendly features, at kiosks located in the International Village between the 9th and 18th fairways, the 15th and 16th greens, and at the 18th green. Scoring kiosks will also be available in the media center, clubhouse, locker room and hospitality areas. ``The Sprint International's modified Stableford scoring is unique to the PGA TOUR,'' said Tournament Executive Director Larry Thiel. ``So the new computerized scoring system and software produced by Sun Microsystems is the perfect enhancement because it affords the spectators a one-of-a-kind system which keeps them current at all times during tournament play. There is nothing quite like it in golf.''
Real-time scoring is just the tip of the information iceberg that Sun's scoring system will provide to Sprint International tournament spectators. With a simple Internet browser interface, fans can also get pictures of all the players, video clips of past tournament champions, fly-over shots and 3-D views of all 18 holes, pairings information, news updates, rain-delay information and statistical data of every hole.
``We're really pleased to be at The Sprint International again this year,'' said Scott McNealy, Sun's Chairman and CEO. McNealy, who was recently ranked by Golf Digest as the top CEO golfer added, ``We wanted to showcase our best technology by building a multimedia system that would give fans access to the best and most comprehensive information available to enjoy the tournament at its fullest.''
Sun's multimedia scoring system, developed using Java technology, will run on three Sun Enterprise (TM) E4500 servers and the Sun Ultra(TM) family of workstations. Data will be updated in real-time by course officials as play occurs. Unlike the traditional computerized scoring system employed by the PGA TOUR, which has a text only interface, the Sun scoring system is much more user friendly, providing spectators with a rich multimedia experience including audio, video, colorful graphics and a broad range of player data and statistics like world rankings and career earnings.
In addition to the traditional features of the PGA computerized scoring system, the Sun scoring system includes:
Player Data -- Provides player bio information along with complete data on the players earnings information, top finishes in 1998 and world rankings. Course Video -- Provides a three-dimensional illustration of the golf course from an elevation of 1000 feet, and a virtual reality fly-through view of all holes while also giving the location of the players on the course. Course Map -- Shows a full course map indicating the location of the kiosk being used and the location of the players on the course. Hole Data -- Provides the history of a green for that particular day or for any given year of past Internationals. It includes details on the number of birdies, bogeys, average score and difficulty rating. Pairings -- Lists which players are paired together and their starting times on a daily basis. Hall of Champions -- Provides video clips of past International champions receiving their trophies and taped interviews. Pro-Am -- Provides player pairings, scores, locations and photos of players participating in the pro-am. News Ticker -- Gives news of the day on the tournament, including updates, play highlights, holes-in-one, and other newsworthy information.
In addition to being the official scorer of the Sprint International, Sun is also the title sponsor of the Sun Microsystems Par 3 Challenge at Four Seasons Resort Aviara in Carlsbad, Calif., which will be held on Nov. 16, 1999. It will air nationwide on Fox TV on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 1999.
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