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Wildrover

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In response to the earlier thread about buying a golf club. Whilst this is beyond our means with running costs etc, how about sponsoring a player? We choose an up & coming prospect and all put in an equal amount of cash. In return we get a percentage of his winnings divided amongst us. Could be interesting and v/profitable if we pick the next Harrington / Westwood etc.
 

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Is that fourm members putting forward money and then hauling in the cash? Either way sounds like a fantastic idea but the only problem being, persuading an up and coming player to be sponsered by a group of people, or get the magazine to supply the name underwich they would be sopnsered. In which case I think that we might have a little bit more success.
 

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Certainly sounds interesting. Plenty of people get involved in other sports at this sort of level so why not golf. Interested to see how this develops.
 

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As a thought, the best way would probably to contact a players management company with the idea and see how they view the logistics. Would we have to form a consortium as per owning a racehorse or would be just but shares and get a dividend per number of shares?
 

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Anyone want to sponsor me? I reckon i'm good for taking the money from my mates next week :D

It does sound like a good idea though, does anybody remember the young racing driver who went on dragons den looking for investment to fund the running of his formula 2 car or something in return for 25% of his earnings when he makes it to F1? It sounds similar to that- although what would you fund with the money? Travel expenses? An unlimited amount of coaching with Butch Harmon / David Leadbetter ? I'm not sure whether anyone who was going to be the next major winner would want to sign up for this, he would find plenty of other routes to accessing what he requires if he was that talented as there would be a clutch of management companies waiting to sign them up. Plus their parents would more often than not be willing to re mortgage their house if necessary as if they are that good it would be obvious and therefore worth making further use of your assets through the re-mortgaging rather than let a bunch of blokes buy their way into your son / daughters future fortune. Even if they are golf fanatics.
 

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Sounds great, but wouldn't it just make more sense for GM to sponsor them and take the doh?

I would be interested if anything unfolded!
 

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- do you think we could find a mug to accept this?

just think 100+ 'owners' telling him what to wear (no he can't have pink, jon!), where to play, when to play (every pro-am in existence so we all get a crack - I'll take The Masters!), . . .
 

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Great idea i'm all for it, however I do think that viscount17 has a point, would we find a person to be sponsered by us? Maybe we could use the GM name and magazine as a lure?
 

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They effectively already have their man in Gmac, and the other columnists and advisors.

I am really not sure this would work, both in terms of money outlaid v. reccompensed, and also in terms of comittment of the sponsored player to the sponsors. What would we want him to do for us? Promote the forum? Teach us golf? Play with us? Invite us to nice courses?

If we wern't getting anything out of it, why bother? The chances of picking someone from the tens of thousands trying to make it, and the guy (girl?) making it are remote.

May be we could sponsor Michelle Wie, as I am sure Nike must be fed up with her by now.
 
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They did this already on Dragon's Den with a prospective racing driver. Dragons decided it was a waste of time so opted out. I think this is a bad idea too...therefore I'm out! ;)
 
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