Telford golfer qualifies for American Golf U.K. Long Drive Championship finals

Telford golfer Anton Reader has qualified for the final of the American Golf U.K. Long Drive Championship.

Telford golfer Anton Reader has qualified for the final of the American Golf U.K. Long Drive Championship following a hugely impressive drive of 351 yards or just over 3 times the length of the pitch at Wembley.

Telford golfer Anton Reader

The achievement leaves Reader one step away from reclaiming the Over 45 national title that he won in 2016, along with a place in the World Championships in the U.S.

Reader, 48, a class 2 HGV driver who is a member at Shropshire 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 351 yard monster to secure a spot in the final. Reader 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 the only U.K. Over 45 qualifying spot for the World Championships in Oklahoma.

After winning the competition in 2016, Reader can’t wait to get back into competition and make a tilt for the title that he lost last year. He commented “I’m glad I’m in the final again and qualified in 4th position the same as when I won it 2 years ago. Might be bit of an Omen!! I’ve got the club champs then down to serious practicing with the Callaway xr16pro driver the brand gave me. So really looking forward to it and to putting last year’s effort behind me!!”

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 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!




Date: 06 July 2018 | Source: ShropshireLive

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