AFTER taking on over thousands of entrants – National success and a spot at the world championships is just one drive away.
Tamworth golfer Jordan Brooks has qualified for the final of the American Golf U.K. Long Drive Championship as number 2 seed following a hugely impressive drive of 412 yards or just over 3 ½ times the length of the pitch at Wembley.
This achievement leaves Brooks one step away from taking the national title, along with a place in the World Championships in the U.S.
22-year-old Brooks who is an assistant golf professional at Whittington Heath Golf Club, was one of thousands of budding long drivers from all over Europe who entered the event run by nationwide golf retailer American Golf.
He won the first stage qualifying at his local American Golf store in March, progressing to regional qualifying where he sent out a 412 yard monster to secure second seed in the final.
Brooks now lines up against the best long drivers in Europe at Chester Racecourse on 2nd August, where he will be the guest of American Golf and tournament sponsor Callaway to do battle for the national title and only one of two U.K. Open qualifying spots for the World Championships in Oklahoma.
This is the first year that Brooks has entered the American Golf Championship so is excited to make a tilt at the U.K. title.
He commented, “I’m very happy to qualify for the final in such a competitive tournament, the standard has been very high this year so anyone who has qualified has earned it. I’m looking forward to going head to head with some of the longest drivers in Europe and to get that spot in the world championships.”
After watching qualifying come to a close, Matt Bacon, Head of Events at American Golf couldn’t hide his excitement for the action to come, “Although we’ve seen golfers from all over the world fly in to take part this competition is all about the huge numbers of loyal American Golf customers who come back year after year to compete in store.
Having Callaway as a sponsor has been a huge draw this year and with them involved the mixture of talent we have has raised the bar for the competition. I can’t wait to get all of the qualifiers to Chester racecourse to compete for what is now without a doubt Europe’s most prestigious long drive title.”
Nathan Dennis, Retail Marketing Manager at Callaway Golf, the 2018 tournament sponsor, added, “It’s been fantastic seeing so many golfers trying the new Callaway Rogue Drivers to give themselves the best chance of qualifying in store and we can’t wait to greet all of the qualifiers at Chester Racecourse for what promises to be an incredible final. It’s a real pleasure for Callaway to be at the heart of helping so many people get the best out of their game and this tournament has been a perfect example of what our Jailbreak Technology can do to unlock golfer’s distance potential.”
The 2018 Under 45, Over 45 and Ladies finals will be shown on Sky Sports. Spectator entry to the final will be completely free and all are welcome. The Long Drive Championship is one part of American Golf’s drive to get more people hitting more balls and for 2018 those balls have been going a very long way!