Summer Stretch of WLD Tour Events Includes Atlantic City (N.J.); Rochester, N.Y. (July) & Kingsport, Tenn. (August), Leading up to World Championship
ORLANDO, Fla. (May 30, 2019) – World Long Drive kicks off its summer stretch of the season next week, with the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bash in New Jersey, which will culminate live on GOLF Channel on Wednesday, June 5 at 6 p.m. ET. The event will take place at Atlantic City Country Club for the second consecutive year, in partnership with the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, and it marks the third of six televised World Long Drive Tour events in 2019, culminating with the Volvik World Long Drive Championship in September.
GOLF Channel’s live telecast next Wednesday (6-8 p.m. ET, also airing live on Sky Sports Golf in Europe) will feature the four women and eight men having advanced from preliminary rounds earlier in the competition.
“The CRDA is pleased to partner with the World Long Drive Association for the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bash again this year,” said CRDA Executive Director Matt Doherty. “GOLF Channel’s live telecast of the event’s conclusion will be a great opportunity to showcase our destination to the World Long Drive audience, and to golf enthusiasts everywhere.”
The Atlantic City Boardwalk Bash commences the summer stretch of the World Long Drive season, followed by the Roc City Rumble (Rochester, N.Y., July 24) and the Tennessee Big Shots benefiting Niswonger Children’s Hospital (Kingsport, Tenn., Aug. 12), leading up to the Volvik World Long Drive Championship (Sept. 3-4).
The Open Division field in Atlantic City will consist of current No. 1 ranked competitor in the world Justin James (Jacksonville, Fla.), returning to competition after missing the previous event due to a back injury; No. 2 Ryan Steenberg (Rochester, N.Y.), winner of the Exchange Celebrating Service: Fort Jackson event in South Carolina earlier this month; and Maurice Allen (Pine Hills, Fla.), No. 3, and reigning Volvik World Long Drive champion. The Women’s Division is led by No. 1 ranked, defending (and three-time) world champion Phillis Meti (Auckland, New Zealand), along with five-time world champion Sandra Carlborg (Alingsas, Sweden), who will look to defend her 2018 victory at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bash.
Serving as the host venue for the second consecutive year, Atlantic City Country Club in 2018 was voted No. 2 on Golf Advisor’s list of the top-50 public golf courses in the United States, based on nearly 150,000 reviews from golfers offering their honest feedback on the courses they enjoy playing the most. The Atlantic City Boardwalk Bash also will be staged in partnership with Ocean Resort Casino, as the official resort of the event, welcoming a number of athletes in the field who will stay at the property during the course of the competition. The resort also features the Topgolf Swing Suite, which will welcome hitters as invited guests while in town for the competition.
COVERAGE & BROADCAST TEAM: World Long Drive events airing on GOLF Channel utilize six dedicated cameras, capturing all angles from the hitting platform and the landing grid, including a SuperMo camera as well as two crane cameras that track the ball in flight once it leaves the hitter’s clubface. Telecasts also feature a custom graphics package suited to the exorbitant swing data typically generated by hitters, tracking club speed, ball speed and apex in real-time via Trackman. Trackman technology also provides viewers with a sense of ball flight, tracing the arc of each drive from the moment of impact.
Veteran sports broadcaster Jonathan Coachman will call play-by-play and be joined by Art Sellinger – World Long Drive pioneer and two-time world champion (1986, ’91), who will provide analysis. GOLF Channel’s Jerry Foltz serve as a reporter, offering insight from the teeing platform and conducting interviews with hitters taking part in the competition.
DIGITAL & SOCIAL MEDIA COVERAGE: Fans can stay connected to the action surrounding World Long Drive by following @WorldLongDrive and @GOLFChannel on social media. GOLF Channel social media host Alexandra O’Laughlin also will be on-site contributing to the social conversation, and the live telecast will integrate social media-generated content via the hashtag, #WorldLongDrive. In addition to the latest video and highlights from on-site, WorldLongDrive.com will feature expanded editorial coverage and real-time scoring for the duration of the event. GOLF Channel Digital also will feature content leading up to and immediately following the event telecast.
QUALIFYING EVENTS OFFER SPOTS INTO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: In addition to the six Tour events, eight official Volvik World Long Drive Championship qualifiers are being contested throughout North America in 2019, offering exemptions into the World Championship for those aspiring to compete alongside the sport’s longest hitters. Showcasing the truly global nature of World Long Drive, several additional qualifying events are being staged during the course of the season through officially sanctioned international partners, including stops in Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand and the United Kingdom.
WORLD LONG DRIVE TOUR EVENT SCHEDULE AIRING ON GOLF CHANNEL:
|April 13-16||Ak-Chin Smash in the Sun||Maricopa, Ariz.||Phillis Meti, Tim Burke|
|May 5-7||Exchange Celebrating Service: Fort Jackson||Fort Jackson, S.C.||Chloe Garner, Ryan Steenberg, Mikael Dubois|
|June 3-5||Atlantic City Boardwalk Bash||Atlantic City, N.J.||TBD|
|July 20-24||Roc City Rumble||Rochester, N.Y.||TBD|
|Aug. 10-12||Tennessee Big Shots benefitting Niswonger Children’s Hospital||Kingsport, Tenn.||TBD|
|Aug. 30-Sept 4||Volvik World Long Drive Championship||Texas/Oklahoma Border||TBD|
ABOUT WORLD LONG DRIVE ASSOCIATION
Originating in 1976, the World Long Drive Association is golf at its farthest, loudest, most athletic and adrenaline-filled extreme. World Long Drive was named a finalist at the 2018 Cynopsis Sports Media Awards in the League of the Year for a Breakthrough Sport and Live Coverage of a Breakthrough Sport categories. The broader sports industry also has taken notice, including ESPN proclaiming that long drive has “recently started to enter the mainstream of golf;” Men’s Journal noting “with the sport’s ascendant profile and ever-growing prestige,” fans should “buckle up for more high-octane action;” Golf Digest saying the World Long Drive is “on the upswing, gaining traction;” and Golf.com claiming it as “an eye-opening experience”. Sanctioned WLD events are open to amateur and professional golfers. The 2019 WLDA season consists of events across the United States and around the world, culminating with the Volvik World Long Drive Championship, Aug. 30-Sept. 4, from WinStar World Casino and Resort on the Texas / Oklahoma border, where competitors will convene under the lights for the world title on Golf Channel. In 2018, 8.3 million unique viewers watched at least some portion of World Long Drive events (live and replay), +23% year-over-year, and the most-viewed season of World Long Drive on-record according to data released by The Nielsen Company.
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