Arlington Heights, IL - Last year’s first Awesome Draw, Incredible Technologies’ (IT) annual sales incentive program, rewarded 10 operators with fabulous prizes including a Golden Tee Showpiece cabinet and stand. It was runaway hit with operators across the country.
This year IT raised the stakes – and the number of prizes to 33 – resulting in record sales and installations of Golden Tee 2012.
“Nearly 95% of Golden Tee 2011 games have been updated to 2012 in less than a month,” said Don Pesceone senior VP of sales. “We expect 100% of all the Golden Tees in the field to be updated to 2012 by Nov. 1.”
IT’s tried and true formula of introducing new Golden Tee courses during autumn – when players migrate back to the bars after a long summer outside – has resulted in huge increases in cashboxes. The key is getting the updates installed as quickly as possible.
“If there’s one thing we’ve learned in Golden Tee’s 23-year history, is that players will go anywhere to play the new courses. If they’re not installed at their favorite location they will go elsewhere to play,” Pesceone said.
IT rewarded operators who updated all of the Golden Tees on their route by entering them into the Awesome Draw 2012 drawing – with the top prize a Golden Tee LIVE 2012 Showpiece cabinet and stand.
”We brought Awesome Draw back to thank our operators who believe in the power of Golden Tee,” Pesceone said. “Not only do they benefit by having the new courses first for their players, they also get in early on our no-money-down, 12-month payment plan.”
The winner of the new Golden Tee LIVE 2012 Showpiece and stand was Mary Lavine of Bullseye Games in Madison Wisc. Mary has 21 Golden Tees on her route.
“I was shocked when Don Grivetti called and told me we won,” she said. “I had just gotten home from the hospital after having re-constructive surgery on my ankle and needed some good news. Winning the Showpiece and stand is great – but really – it’s just a bonus. Buying 2012 updates at a fair price with IT’s incredible payment plan is the best deal possible. It’s a ‘no-brainer’ for us. Thank you, IT!”
“We want to thank all of our operators who purchased their updates early,” Pesceone said. “We truly appreciate their business and hope to do more promotions like this in the future.”
Congratulations to all 33 Awesome Draw winners!
Place Prize Winner City State
1 GT LIVE Showpiece and Stand BULLSEYE, INC MADISON, WI
2 GT LIVE 2012 Full Kit ELLIS AMUSEMENT, INC BOISE, ID
3 GT LIVE 2012 Full Kit RGB INC SELMA, NC
4 Golden Tee LIVE Transfer Cabinet ST. CHARLES AMUSEMENTS DEFIANCE, MO
5 Golden Tee LIVE Transfer Cabinet CADILLAC MUSIC CORPORATION CLEVELAND, OH
6 $1000 in IT Bucks R & M VENDING CROSBY, TX
7 $750 in IT Bucks METRO GAMES INC - TX IRVING, TX
8 $500 in IT Bucks JOHN'S GAMES - MS D LO MS
9 $500 in IT Bucks M & M AMUSEMENTS CAMBRIDGE, MD
10 $300 in IT Bucks AH ENTERTAINERS INC ROLLING MEADOWS, IL
11 $300 in IT Bucks BAKER MUSIC INC PORTLAND, ME
12 $300 in IT Bucks HARP VENDING, INC. SWEETWATER, TX
13 $200 in IT Bucks NABERS AMUSEMENT CO LOUISVILLE, MS
14 $200 in IT Bucks PLK VENDING INC WOODSIDE, NY
15 $200 in IT Bucks SHAFFER SERVICES INC COLUMBUS, OH
16 $200 in IT Bucks RAINBOW AMUSEMENTS DALY CITY, CA
17 $200 in IT Bucks S & M AMUSEMENTS INC - TX GARLAND, TX
18 $100 in IT Bucks HANCOCK AMUSEMENT INC WAVELAND, MS
19 $100 in IT Bucks TROYS BAR TOYS ARLINGTON, TX
20 $100 in IT Bucks C & L GAMES INC PACIFIC, WA
21 $100 in IT Bucks NCS VENDING LLC WATERFORD, MI
22 $100 in IT Bucks LASER MUSIC & GAMES HARAHAN, LA
23 $100 in IT Bucks ADVANCED GAMEMASTERS HAMMOND, LA
24 $100 in IT Bucks LEISURE COIN MACHINE MADISON, WI
25 $100 in IT Bucks ENTERTAINMENT EXPERTS DENVER, CO
26 $100 in IT Bucks GAMETIME AMUSEMENT - VA RICHMOND, VA
27 $100 in IT Bucks D & D AMUSEMENT GAMES LLC WAUPACA, WI
28 Free Shipping on next order GO FOR BROKE AMUSEMENT FLUSHING, OH
29 Free Shipping on next order AZ VENDING LUNENBURG, MA
30 Titanium Buying Status for 1 month TROY VENDING, INC PHOENIX, AZ
31 Titanium Buying Status for 1 month VIDEO DISTRIBUTORS PORTLAND, OR
32 5 Dozen GT T-Shirts BOB JORDAN AMUSEMENT CO LUBBOCK, TX
33 100 Free Operator Gift Cards JESTERS AMUSEMENTS WHEAT RIDGE, CO
Operators can order updates by calling IT’s Sales Hotline at 800.262.0323 x 106. Orders placed in the morning will be shipped same day.
*************************************************************************************************************Players Celebrate at 2012 World Premiere Party
The Other Side Bar in the trendy Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago was the site of the Golden Tee LIVE 2012 world premiere party. Over 100 players – including 2011 Design-A-Hole winner David Donovan – enjoyed great food and drink as they celebrated the launch of the 2012 courses.
“Golden Tee was rocking Chicago!” said Gary Colabuono IT’s marketing director. “Beer was flowing and trackballs were spinning. What a great way to introduce 2012 to the world.”
The Golden Tee world premiere party is celebrated at the Design-A-Hole winner’s favorite bar and when David’s design was chosen as the winner, it was assumed that the event would take place in Los Angeles – David’s hometown.
“We thought we were heading to LA for the party,” Colabuono said. “But David loves Chicago and wanted to have it here. We were more than happy to accommodate him.”
Jim Zielinski, Golden Tee co-creator and chief golf course architect, enjoyed listening to the players comment about the new courses. Caitlin Jenks, the Golden Tee Babe, brought a little sizzle to the event, and two-time world champion Graig Kinzler was on hand to mingle with the players and share his expertise.
Ken Valin of Dial Amusements provided five new 2012 Showpiece cabinets for the event.
“Ken is a great Golden Tee operator,” Colabuono said. “These types of promotions are very important for our players and we can’t do them without the cooperation and hard work of our operators. We appreciate all the time and effort Ken made to make this event such a success.”