American Golf has struck a deal with Golf Channel for the Long Drive Championship to retain its exclusive official International Long Drive qualifying status in the UK for the next three years.
Taking place in association with Garmin, the championship is the only UK qualifying event for the Long Drive Championship, which takes place at WinStar World Casino and Resort from October 6-12.
Golf Channel will provide editorial coverage of the event, where the winners of the Open, Over 45s and Ladies events will go on to represent American Golf and Garmin at the event.
“This endorsement brings us real credibility and confirms our commitment to growing the game,” said Daniel Gathercole, American Golf director of marketing and communications. “As well as attracting the very best long drivers in the UK, we’re also seeing competition from golfers who are entirely new to the sport, which is incredible. We can’t wait to meet our finalists in August and look forward to working closely with Golf Channel.”
“American Golf has done a fantastic job of attracting thousands of golfers to its long drive championships, so we are thrilled to make them our official UK partner. Long Drive is an exciting, fun sport and with American Golf’s involvement we hope to bring it to even more people in the UK over the next few years,“ comments Bart Kendall, VP Live Events at Golf Channel.
The qualifying rounds of the American Golf Long Drive Championships in association with Garmin took place in store in early April. Regional finals are currently underway across the UK & Ireland, with the ten best long drivers in each category being invited to the Grand Final at High Legh Golf Club on Friday, August 19.
Last year’s winners Rebecca McGinley, who placed third in the Worlds, Dan Konyk and Steve Kent will all be there to defend their titles.
For more details visit www.americangolf.co.uk/events.