Get ready for a Sooner State Showdown.
The WLDA and 32 of its longest hitters are returning to the home grid of the 2017 Volvik World Long Drive Championship for the inaugural WinStar Midwest Slam, including 9 of the top 10 in the Official World Long Drive Rankings. The stakes are high with a return trip to Thackerville to compete in Worlds this September up for grabs.
World No. 2 Tim Burke won his 2nd World Long Drive Championship title belt at WinStar World Casino & Resort in 2015 and is aiming for back-to-back WLDA Tour wins following his victory over Trent Scruggs at the East Coast Classic in South Carolina.
Who will cash in this week at WinStar World Casino & Resort?
STORYLINES: 9 of the top 10 in the World Long Drive Rankings in the field. East Coast Classic champion Tim Burke aiming for back-to-back wins in the World Long Drive Tour events. Burke won his 2nd World Long Drive Championship title belt on the grid at WinStar in 2015.
GRID: WinStar Golf Course and Academy, 10813 Pro Shop Road, Thackerville, OK 73459
WHAT’S AT STAKE: 5 Exemptions into the Volvik World Long Drive Championship are up for grabs. Two (2) exemptions will be awarded following Thursday’s Local Qualifier and Friday’s Local Qualifier, and one (1) exemption will be awarded to the highest finisher in the 2017 WinStar Midwest Slam Tour event (not previously qualified).
WORLD LONG DRIVE RANKING POINTS: Will be awarded based on finish: 1st – 800, 2nd – 600, 3rd & 4th – 400, 5th – 8th – 200, 9th – 16th – 100, 17th – 32nd – 50.
PURSE & PAYOUT: 100% of entry fees will be paid out in U.S. Dollars (Based on a full field of 32 players) 1st – $10,000, 2nd – $5,000, 3rd & 4th – $2,500, 5th – 8th – $1,250
PAST CHAMPIONS: Inaugural event
ELIGIBILITY: Competitors in the Top 50 (and ties) in the WLDA Official World Long Drive Rankings as of April 24 are eligible to compete.
FIELD OF 32: Will Hogue, Tim Burke, Trent Scruggs, Tommy Hug, Ryan Reisbeck, Justin James, Ryan Steenberg, Maurice Allen, Paul Howell, Landon Gentry, Jeremy Easterly, Jeff Flagg, Justin Moose, Jason Eslinger, Kevin Shook, Kyle Blakely, Jeff Gavin, Mitchell Dobbyn, Troy Teal, Nick Kiefer, Kody Zurek, Scott Kalamar, Aaron Mansfield, Stan Ramsey, Ian Griscom, Brady Torbitt, Rob Tiettmeyer, Spencer McDaniel, Dan McIntosh, Jim Waldron, Eddie Fernandes, Kyle Berkshire