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18Birdies signs Tour players, launches Live Rounds

Willy Wilcox, Harold Varner III and Paige Spiranac headline list of golfers users can follow live

OAKLAND, Calif., April 17, 2017 – 18Birdies, a mobile golf technology startup, announced today that it has signed PGA Tour players, Willy Wilcox and Harold Varner III, in conjunction with the launch of Live Rounds, a feature that allows players to share their golf rounds, stats and achievements in real time. 18Birdies is rolling out the feature with Willy and Harold Varner III in addition to professional golfer, Paige Spiranac, all who have signed on with 18Birdies and will be playing Live Rounds regularly. 

“A big focus for us is making golf more social and interactive,” said 18Birdies Founder and CEO, Eddy Lui. “Through the Live Rounds feature, we are excited to give our users a chance to interact live with Willy, Harold and Paige as well as share their rounds with their own golfing community.”   

A three-time All-American at Clayton State University, Wilcox turned professional in 2010 and quickly found success with a win and recording a score of 59 on the Web.com Tour. Willy has been a member of the PGA Tour since 2014, where his career highlights include finishing 2nd at the 2015 Barbasol Championship, 8 Top 10 Finishes, 9 Top 25 finishes, ranking 2nd in the 2015 PGA Tour’s “All Around’ ranking and recording a hole-in-one at the famous 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass during the 2016 Players Championship.

 “It is important to me that I regularly engage with my fans on social media,” said Wilcox. “The Live Rounds feature will finally give me the ability to have them join me virtually when I play a round.”

A graduate of East Carolina University and 2012 Conference USA Player of the Year, Harold Varner III has been playing on the PGA Tour since the fall of 2015, where his career highlights include netting four top-10 and seven top-25 finishes during the 2015-16 season. Additionally, Harold won the 2016 Australian PGA Championship on the European Tour in December.

 “Usually golf fans only get to see how we do Thursday through Sunday,” said Varner III. “With 18Birdies’ Live Rounds, they’ll get a chance to follow me live during the rest of the week.” 

Spiranac is a rising golf talent, media personality, and online influencer who's on a mission to show how much fun golf can be while making a positive impact on the world. A graduate from the San Diego State golf team, Spiranac currently plays on the Cactus Tour, where she won her first professional tournament last year at the Orange Tree Country Club in Scottsdale, AZ.

 “The Live Rounds feature is a great way for me to connect with fans,” said Spiranac. “18Birdies has done a great job in emphasizing the social nature of the game.”

About 18Birdies

18Birdies is reimagining the world of golf through technology.  Our mobile app leverages the power of gamification and social communities to make golf a more fun, exciting and connected experience. We offer features that inspire golfers of all generations to enhance their game, share their experiences, play more and increase their enjoyment of golf. For more information, visit www.18Birdies.com 

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