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Lucas Dornan fires 368 yarder on final drive to win American Golf Long Drive Championship at High Legh Park GC in Cheshire
368 Yard Monster Wins American Golf Long Drive Championship
Friday night saw an incredible display of power hitting as Lucas Dornan became the American Golf Long Drive Champion to earn a place in the World Long Drive Championship.
Related: The story of 2015's championship
Using a 3 degree Callaway XR 16 with Fujikura XXX shaft Lucas beat Dave Evans from Bedford with his last and only legal drive of the final.
The final was a tense encounter with neither Lucas or Dave reaching the distances they’d achieved throughout the completion.
They had both hit in excess of 380 yards in previous rounds but the pressure of the final told when with 5 drives from 6 completed Lucas didn’t have a legal ball in play.
Dave had previously recorded 364 yards with his second ball from his first set of 3 but Lucas managed to send a 368 yarder with his final drive of the competition.
With 3 balls left to win, Dave struggled for control and having consistently hit over 370 all competition, failed to record a legal drive in his final set.
"I'm delighted to have won the American Golf Long Drive Championship in my first ever Long Drive event,” commented Dornan.
“I knew from looking around the swing speeds of the other competitors that if I hit it well I'd be among the leaders. I‘d clocked 152mph during the day so I knew I was swinging it fast but was just missing the middle of the club, so it was a relief when I managed to get a legal drive on my last hit in both Semi Final and Final. From qualifying in store through regionals and to the final, I've had a fantastic experience and can't thank American Golf and Garmin enough for giving me the chance to go on and compete with the best in the world."
Daniel Gathercole, Director of Marketing and Communications at American Golf was impressed with the standard at this year’s event, “The Championship took a big step up this year. 9 of our U45 finalists recorded drives in excess of 350 yards and our reigning Champion Dan Konyk went out in the quarter final with 372. Lucas and Dave were so long all day. This was the first Long Drive competition either had entered and they showed tremendous nerve under pressure. Rebecca and Anton upped the stakes again in the other two categories and I can’t wait for everyone to see the competition we’ve just witnessed when it airs on Sky.”
Rebecca McGinley defended her title in the Ladies category with a winning drive of 299 yards in the final against Olivia Raybould.
The pair’s best drives of the day were 318 and 285 yards respectively, signalling a real challenge to Rebecca’s dominance of this event.
Anton Reader (343 yards) took the Over 45’s title from David Willmore with an incredibly consistent display of power hitting.
Lucas, Rebecca and Anton now go forward to the World Long Drive Championships in Oklahoma in October where they will represent American Golf and Garmin on the biggest stage.
Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Honma TR20
3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max
2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi
Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW
Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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