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Garner, Berkshire win Long Drive titles

CHLOE GARNER, KYLE BERKSHIRE WIN 44TH WORLD LONG DRIVE CHAMPIONSHIP

Garner Earns Redemption Against Meti in Championship Match; Berkshire Caps Incredible Season with First World Championship

VIDEO: Garner Captures World Championship Over Phillis Meti

VIDEO: Berkshire Wins First World Title to Cap Remarkable Season

THACKERVILLE, Okla. (Sept. 5, 2019) World Long Drive welcomed a new duo to its list of renowned world champions, as Chloe Garner (Somerset West, South Africa) and Kyle Berkshire (Orlando, Fla.) captured the 44th World Long Drive Championship and the accompanying world title belts.

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For Garner, Wednesday night represented a moment of redemption, as she outlasted Phillis Meti (Auckland, New Zealand) in the championship, after Garner had drawn the short end of the stick in the final match of the season against Meti two of the previous three years.

“That was unbelievable,” said Garner. “I felt really good going into it. I felt like I had found a good rhythm. I think maybe Phillis felt a bit more pressure having to back up those titles, whereas I was able to let loose.”

In the Open Division, the No. 1 ranked Berkshire took full advantage of the opportunity to stamp his mark as the clear-cut longest hitter in golf, taking down two-time world champion and current No. 2 ranked Tim Burke (Orlando, Fla.) in the championship match. For Berkshire, Wednesday night’s victory marked his third tour event win in six weeks (Rochester, N.Y. – July; Kingsport, Tenn. – August).

“This feels awesome,” said Berkshire. “It’s validated a lot of the hard work and sacrifice I’ve put into [being] the best, and I am the best right now. I look forward to raising that bar.”

OPEN DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:
(1) Kyle Berkshire (Orlando, Fla.) def. (2) Tim Burke (Orlando, Fla.)

WOMEN’S DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:
(2) Chloe Garner (Somerset West, South Africa) def. (1) Phillis Meti (Auckland, New Zealand)

OPEN DIVISION SEMIFINAL MATCHES:
(1) Kyle Berkshire def. (13) Jordan Brooks (Tamworth, England)
(2) Tim Burke def. (14) Emil Rosberg (Gothenburg, Sweden)

WOMEN’S DIVISION SEMIFINAL MATCHES:
(1) Phillis Meti def. (4) Troy Mullins (Los Angeles, Calif.)
(2) Chloe Garner def. (3) Alexis Belton (Ruston, La.)

OPEN DIVISION QUARTERFINAL MATCHES:
(1) Kyle Berkshire def. (9) Mark Costello (Fort Worth, Texas)
(13) Jordan Brooks def. (5) Justin Moose (Columbia, S.C.) vs.
(14) Emil Rosberg def. (11) Rob Tiettmeyer (Windermere, Fla.)
(2) Tim Burke def. (10) Mitch Grassing (Kitchener, Ont., Canada)

2019 WORLD LONG DRIVE – TOUR EVENT SCHEDULE:

DATE

EVENT

LOCATION

WINNERS

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.

Phillis Meti, Tim Burke

July 20-24

ROC City Rumble

Rochester, N.Y.

Phillis Meti, Kyle Berkshire

Aug. 10-12

Tennessee Big Shots benefitting Niswonger Children’s Hospital

Kingsport, Tenn.

Alexis Belton, Kyle Berkshire

Aug. 30-Sept. 4

44th World Long Drive Championship

Texas/Oklahoma Border

Chloe Garner, Kyle Berkshire

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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 North America and around the world, culminating with the World Long Drive Championship, Aug. 30-Sept. 4, on the Texas / Oklahoma border, where competitors will convene under the lights for the world title live on GOLF Channel. World Long Drive events can be seen on television in more than 60 countries, including GOLF Channel, NBC Sports Network and NBC in the United States, and Sky Sports Golf in the United Kingdom. In 2018, 8.3 million unique viewers watched at least some portion of World Long Drive events (live and replay) across NBC Sports Group, +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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Media Contact:
Jeff Szklinski
Golf Channel Communications
814-880-6933
Jeff.Szklinski@golfchannel.com

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