The American Golf Long Drive Championship is back - find out how to qualify
American Golf Long Drive Championship Returns For 2018
The American Golf Long Drive Championship will be returning for a fourth year and there are some superb Callaway prizes up for grabs!
The first qualifying stage will take place in every American Golf store between Monday 9th April and Friday 4th May - giving more people than ever the opportunity to take part and qualify for the regional stage.
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Those that make it through will have the chance to challenge the current champions Dan Konyk (Under 45s), Ilona Stubley (Ladies) and Charles Seo (Over 45s) for a spot in the World Long Drive Championships in America.
The competition is sponsored by Callaway this year and there are some fantastic prizes up for grabs.
In the past, hopefuls in the competition have only been given three attempts to hit their farthest distance but this year that will double to six - including three balls using the new Callaway Rogue driver.
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A prize of a Callaway Rogue Driver will go to the person who gains the most yards using a Rogue compared to their own product, plus there will be a weekly prize draw for anyone entering the competition.
“Callaway have invested heavily in Long Drive over the last 5 years with multiple world European and World Champions winning with Callaway product. With American Golf taking the lead on Long Drive here in Europe it was the natural fit for both brands to work together on this exciting event,” explains Nick McInally Marketing Director Callaway Europe.
Matt Bacon, Head of Events at American Golf added: “Long Drive is a fantastic sport and our competition is always a highlight of the year.
"Every competition throws up a new name from the ranks of the UK’s big hitting golfers so we want people of all golfing abilities to get in store, tee it high and let it fly.
"With the extended entry period, more shots to qualify and more chances to win, this is set to be the most exciting year we’ve ever had."
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Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max
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Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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