Game looking good

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:27 AM ET

Most golfers love to have side bets when they're out on the links with their friends.

Daryl Harris has come up with a game that could cause golfers to lose their concentration.

Harris, a Winnipeg entrepreneur, has created the Natalie Gulbis Golf Game. It features 16 cards that award points for good shots and take away points for bad ones.

Oh, and did we mention that each card features a picture of Gulbis, a 23-year-old rising star on the LPGA Tour who does an annual swimsuit calendar?

"She's got a lot going for her," Harris said.

Harris owns and operates GWAG Golf -- GWAG stands for "Game Within A Game" -- and he came up with the idea for the Gulbis game last year while attending the PGA Merchandise Show.

CHATTED

He chatted with Gulbis, who was there promoting a putter, and asked her if she'd be interested in lending her name to his game. She agreed, and Harris worked out the details with her agent.

"She is absolutely one of the most personable golfers you would find, too," Harris said. "She's got no attitude. She's very down to Earth."

She also has a bright future. Not only do her looks make Gulbis quite marketable, but she currently sits fifth on the LGPA Tour money list with more than $261,000 in six starts.

The game's concept is simple.

There are cards for 16 situations on the golf course, such as birdies, sand saves, back-to-back pars and balls in the water. Each situation is given a point value: positive for good shots and negative for bad ones.

If you make back-to-back pars, you get that card. If someone else makes back-to-back pars, you have to fork over the card, each of which features a Gulbis tip or quote.

Cards are exchanged until the round is over, at which point the values of the cards you finish with are added up. The golfer with the most points wins.

Your foursome doesn't have to have the same skill level, either, because even the good players put it in the sand or the water.

The odd part of the Gulbis game is that she's wearing a bikini on the water cards.

"If you hit it in the water you lost a ball," Harris said. "But hey, you get a nice picture.

"... You want to get those cards so you don't feel so bad."

Harris launched the Gulbis game last September, and he's been selling it exclusively online.

He is now working with Gulbis's agent in an effort to have the game sold in stores.

GWAG Golf also offers a corporate version of the game, where a company can have its logo put on the back of the cards. The front of the cards feature the same scoring system, but they have pictures of golf holes with humourous quotes underneath.

Harris said Ernst & Young and Culligan Water are some of the local companies who have bought the corporate version, which is also great for giveaways.

"It's got a little bit more bag life than maybe a golf ball," Harris said. "It's something different, right?"

For more information, visit gwaggolf.com.


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