FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 26th, 2018
THREE TEAMS ADVANCE TO SHOTMAKERS CHAMPIONSHIP, MONDAY AT 9 P.M. ET ON GOLF CHANNEL
Two Californians; Scottsdale, Ariz.; Colorado; Decorated Military Veteran From Idaho
and Topgolf Tour Champion From England All Represented in Championship
Finalists – Team Hawks: Chelsea Pezzola/Peter Campbell; Team Lightning: Kenzie O’Connell/Chad Pfeifer; Team Warriors: Nikki Bondura/Brad Barnes
More than $50,000 in Cash and Prizes to be Awarded to the Shotmakers Champions, Including One Year of Free Membership to Topgolf
Shotmakers Website / Team Stats: www.Shotmakers.com
ORLANDO, Fla., (April 25, 2018) – In a competition that began with nine co-ed teams of two, Monday’s championship of Golf Channel’s innovative new competition, Shotmakers, airing at 9 p.m. ET, is down to the final three teams. They will compete head-to-head in competitions that test precision, distance and control with more than $50,000 in cash and prizes going to the eventual Shotmakers champions.
Teams advancing to the Shotmakers Championship:
HAWKS, sponsored by Topgolf:
CHELSEA PEZZOLA (25, Scottsdale, Ariz.) Professional golfer, standout junior golfer at IMG Academy, two-time Academic All-Big Ten at University of Michigan.
PETER CAMPBELL (33, Carlsbad, Calif.) Former PGA TOUR professional, golf instructor, 2016-17 Topgolf Tour Championship finalist with fellow Shotmakers competitor Jamie Puterbaugh.
LIGHTNING, sponsored by MGM Grand:
KENZIE O’CONNELL (26, Denver, Colo.) Golf teaching instructor, Women With Drive ambassador.
CHAD PFEIFER (36, Caldwell, Idaho) Professional golfer, decorated U.S. Army Corporal (retired) who credits golf for saving his life, two-time Warrior Open champion, amputee (lower leg).
WARRIORS, sponsored by Avis:
NIKKI BONDURA (25, Sacramento, Calif.) Golf lifestyle blogger, co-owner of Women With Drive.
BRAD BARNES (23, London, England) 2017 Topgolf Tour Championship runner-up with fellow Shotmakers competitor Matt Cousens.
GRAND PRIZE: $50,000 in cash ($25,000 each) and one year of free membership to Topgolf.
Shotmakers began with nine co-ed teams of two pairing up in head-to-head competitions that test precision, distance and control, all while facing intense pressure and strategic decision-making. The 18 competitors included a former PGA TOUR professional, mini-tour professional golfers, an Olympian, former collegiate athletes, a World Long Drive competitor, a trick-shot artist, decorated military veterans, and champions from the Topgolf Tour.
The competition utilizes Toptracer by Topgolf, the leading technology used on PGA TOUR televised broadcasts that immediately shows competitors their ball’s flight, speed, distance and curve on screen, as well as the games made popular at the 41 Topgolf venues around the world. Teams compete for cash and prizes in each competition and will be eliminated until one team is left standing as the champion of Shotmakers.
Shotmakers is co-hosted by 3-time college national player of the year Amanda Blumenherst and golf host Shane Bacon, along with Golf Channel reporter Chantel McCabe and social media correspondent Alexandra O’Laughlin. Shotmakers features seven rounds of competition that began Monday, April 9 and airing two nights a week– Monday and Tuesday nights – at 9 p.m. ET, concluding Monday, April 30. The series also is distributed across Golf Channel’s international platforms, airing in more than 60 countries worldwide.
-NBC Sports Group-