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A father builds a golf app to follow his son's rounds

When Patrick Winther was 14 years old, he left his native Denmark to pursue a golf career in the United States. He attended the Montverde Academy, the noted college preparatory school in Florida. He enrolled at the International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head, S.C. He embarked on a robust schedule of AJGA events, playing well enough to earn a college scholarship to powerhouse Oklahoma State in 2010.
Back in Copenhagen, Patrick’s father, Erik, could not have been prouder. But he was also getting antsy trying to keep track of his son’s rounds.
Erik says, “We were sitting in Denmark and wondering, ‘Why aren’t we able to follow him?’ In this new world, with IT, why are we not able to get more than a 9th hole or 18th hole leaderboard update?’ So we got an idea.”
With GPS technology and more than 19,000 courses charted (from Augusta National to the Olympic Club) Erik created a golf app called ShowMeGolfers.com where players can record the shots they hit and have people follow them as they play. The app also allows members to keep track of statistics such as driving accuracy, driving distance and greens in regulation.
Last week at the Honda Classic, Winther was following Ben Crane, who endorses the golf app. (In an odd occurrence, a mannequin of Crane wielding a golf club helped thwart an attempted robbery Feb. 17 at the Show Me Golfers headquarters in Denmark. “When the cops got there, they soon realized I had it all under control,” Crane told USA Today).
As part of his endorsement deal, Crane has offered to play a round of golf at whichever club signs up the most ShowMeGolfers members by May 1st.
Erik, meanwhile, is traveling the globe, his fingers never far from his iPhone or Patrick’s golf.
“Now, all of the rounds he plays,” Erik says, “I’m able to see.”

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by Kevin Cunningham