June 28, 2021
There are few better experiences in life than that of the free drink. It is a moment of immediate bond between donor and recipient – a charitable contribution in which each party is the beneficiary.
Topgolf is a common place for free drinks. Built into the arcade-style driving range is a restaurant and bar, which of course can also be used as a competition element. For those with a competitive advantage who frequent Topgolf, a common bet for the competition is the next round of drinks.
On Thursday night, a group of NFL stars gathered at Topgolf in Nashville, Tennessee. True to form, the group played for free drinks, but with a twist: the competition winner won free drinks not just for himself but for his entire fan base.
The idea began as part of the San Francisco 49ers’ Tight End University, George Kittle’s Tight End University, a camp-like experience for the NFL’s top players in that position. Over the past week, more than 40 NFL tight ends have come to Nashville to attend camp and learn about their position from the best in the league.
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As with any good summer camp, Kittle and Co. worked hard to create bonding opportunities between the tight ends that were present. The players all spend the night together in a hotel, eat together and take part in various activities together on and off the field.
The last of these activities took place on Thursday evening when the camp on Topgolf turned into a friendly competition. But when they got to the scene, the players were made aware of a change in plans – the competition became much less friendly.
As part of the excursion, the Topgolf players competed against each other in a long drive competition to determine a winner. Bud Light agreed to supply the winner’s city with free beer.
On Monday afternoon, Kittle announced the winner of the competition on Twitter: Travis Kelce, a close finish for the Kansas City Chiefs.
“My guy @TKelce hit the bombs at TEU and took home a free @BudLight for all @Chiefs fans in Kansas City on National Tight Ends Day,” said Kittle. “What a boy!”
Chiefs fans wanting to collect their free beer can do so on National Tight End Day October 24th and should look out for more information from Bud Light on how to cash in.
James Colgan is Associate Editor at GOLF, contributing stories for the website and magazine on a wide range of topics. He writes the Hot Mic, GOLF’s weekly media column, and leverages his broadcast experience on the brand’s social media and video platforms. A 2019 graduate of Syracuse University, James – and obviously his golf game – is still thawing from four years of gritting his teeth at NFL Films, CBS News, and Fox Sports. Before joining GOLF, James was a Caddy Scholar (and smart looper) on Long Island, which is where he’s from.