TAMWORTH golfer Jordan Brooks has finished third in the American Golf U.K. Long Drive Championship after being knocked out in the semi-finals by the professional long driver and eventual winner Emil Rosberg.
Brooks, 22, an assistant golf professional at Whittington Heath Golf Club, cruised through the initial seeding round in the second spot before dispatching 2016 runner-up Dave Evans in the quarter-final. That brought the big Midlander up against Emil Rosberg, a professional long driver from Sweden. Despite hitting creditable drives of 362 and 376 yards, Brooks couldn’t quite keep up with Rosberg, who was having one of the best days of his career.
After the semi-final, Brooks was pragmatic about his performance when he commented, “I hit it solid in the first set but it just caught the wind. The second set I hit well and Emil just hit a better ball than me. I lost to a better player so you can’t really argue with that. I’ll definitely be back next year though.”
In its fourth year, the American Golf U.K. & Ireland Long Drive Championship has established itself as the premier Long Drive Championship in Europe, but while the best from the professional ranks flew in to take part in the qualification process at American Golf stores, that was not the most satisfying aspect for Matt Bacon, Head of Events at American Golf, “We’ve watched this event grow in stature and I can’t quite believe the quality of competitors who fly in for qualifying and then for the finals. But while it’s amazing to see the established stars, the people I love are the American Golf customers like Jordan who just gave it a go and found out they were among the best. I love this event and I’m so proud of what everyone has achieved.”
In their first year of sponsorship of the event Callaway have been integral to its success and had a real boost when they saw the competitors take to the stage, as Nathan Dennis, Retail Marketing Manager at Callaway Golf explains, “We’re delighted to have been the sponsors of the American Golf U.K. Long Drive Championship and even more so to see two of the three winners take their titles using Callaway clubs. This really was a collection of the biggest hitters in Europe across all three categories, so to see so many players using Callaway Jailbreak technology to unlock their distance potential was hugely satisfying.”
Keep an eye out for all three categories when they are shown on Sky Sports in October this year. The American Golf U.K. Long Drive Championship is part of American Golf’s drive to get more people hitting more balls, more often. And this year, those Callaway balls have been going a very long way!