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  1. As in 2017… @mvmac and I are going to use this topic to gather applications for the 2019 Newport Cup. Those of you with Newport Cup Candidate badges (and if you're interested, this year you can add your own… we just ask that you're below a 13.0 index, or will be), we've got another very simple video survey. As in 2017, the video helps us (and your prospective teammates!) not only put a face to your name, but to learn a bit more about you than what we can discern from a username, an avatar, and what you have to say in your posts. The questions are almost the same as last year. VLog a Par 3, Par 4, and Par 5. Talk as little or as much as you want. Narrate your strategy, describe the hole, tell us about your best shot ever there, whatever you like. The only requirement is that you Include your full pre-shot routine and the shot itself, but you can trim (or keep) anything else. Shoot from whatever angle you want, too, so long as we can see you the whole time. Pretend you just holed a bomb to win the Newport Cup for your team, and show us how you'd react: a fist pump, a leap into Poppy's pond… something. This was a bit of a dud in 2017… we want to see something entertaining! Play it up a little. It's all for fun. Why do you want and deserve to be chosen to play in the 2019 Newport Cup? (No more false modesty about how you don't "deserve it" but you "want it" - be bold and talk yourself up and tell us why we should pick you.) What is your best competitive golf memory? Your greatest sporting achievement? When did you join TST, why, and what have you enjoyed about it since joining the most? Tell us something about yourself that a prospective teammate or captain might not want to know. Who is the person on TST - regardless of location - you'd most like to have on your team? Who is the person you'd least like to face on the opposite team? (You must choose different people.) Why? If you had to invent a slogan or a team motto for your team (East or West), what would it be and why? If you were hosting the champions dinner at the next Newport Cup as the prior NC's MVP, what would be on the menu and why? Some basic rules: Production quality counts, but only for a little, and only to the point that it may demonstrate a little bit about how much you'd like to make the team. It's not a video production contest. Repeat the question (at least enough of it so we know what you're answering), then give your answer. Smile. These videos should be fun - to make, to view, etc. Be creative. So long as it's not offensive, have fun with it and be creative. Just because there's a list of questions up there doesn't mean you have to just repeat them and answer them. Have your wife interview you. Shoot it Barbara Walters style. Whatever tickles your fancy. Elaborate. Entertain us. Don't just say "I'd like to have so-and-so on my team because he's a good player" or "My best sporting achievement is when I won the city ping-pong championship in 2003. That was fun." Upload and embed. Upload your video to YouTube (or Vimeo) and embed it here in this topic. Make it unlisted if you want, that's fine. Title it something like "@iacas's 2019 Newport Cup Application Video." Other rules may follow if necessary. We'll append them to this first post. So… let's see 'em! Start planning and, for those of you with lower handicaps in particular, start filming your videos! Please also add (in text, to your post here) this information and anything else we may need to know: Shoe size(s) Shirt size(s) Pant size List the brand names for the sizes in case any adjustments need to be made. Note: Not listed here but very important is the amount an applicant posts here on TST. We want to get to know people before we meet them at the Newport Cup. That's part of what has made every prior Newport Cup so successful - we already felt like friends because we already were, and we'd gotten to know everyone already. Someone with only a few posts per week is unlikely to be chosen. And seriously, guys, do this ASAP. Teams will be chosen by mid August, so do not procrastinate.
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