PGA offers up handheld devices, new scoreboard to keep fans in the know
PGATour.com takes a look at the latest technology to hit the links: 22 brand-new Mitsubishi scoreboards that debut this weekend at THE PLAYERS plus five larger LED video boards in three spots on the course. Fans can also rent XM radios with headphones and listen to a special on-course channel for live tournament coverage.
The handheld aspect is thanks to a new development by myLEADERBOARD. For the more mobile course visitor, they have handheld devices that can be used throughout the grounds. These Palm Pilot-like units were the brainchild of John Geary and Tim Dilworth, who attended the 2003 Masters and left with the idea for a unit that provides up-to-date information at the course. The device lets users set up a personal leaderboard and gives their location at that moment, plus how they are faring for the day, find the nearest concession or restroom and even get weather updates.
Ornik said 1500 devices will be available for fans visiting THE PLAYERS, as well as several other PGA TOUR events throughout the year, from between $20 to $25. Companies can also use them for their special guests, complete with a specialized news feed to alert their customers and employees for corporate hospitality happenings.