The East Coast Classic in the capital of South Carolina has a long history of the best hitters in the world rolling into Columbia for their shot at Long Drive fame & fortune. The grid is well-known amongst long drivers as “a hitter’s heaven” due to its insane track record of drives exceeding the 400 yard mark, including a mammoth 444 yard shot by two-time World Champion Tim Burke and an astounding 470 yarder in 2016 by Kevin Shook. Will you be the next to join the 400 club?
Competitors in the Top 50 +ties in the WLDA World Rankings as of February 18 are eligible to register for the East Coast Classic beginning February 19 at 12pm ET through February 22 at 12pm ET.
After 12pm ET on February 22 the event will open to all other players to fill remaining spots.
In lieu of a waiting list, the WLDA will host a Tour Qualifier for 16 players to have a chance to compete in the Tour Event. This is an OPEN qualifier. Registration begins February 26 at 12pm ET and will close when the field reaches 16 players.
This OPEN qualifier will happen on-site the day before the Tour Event. A minimum of 4 players will advance from the Tour Event Qualifier. Format will be Five (5) Sets; Point Totals Accrue; Top 4 advance to the Tour Event. Entry fee for the Qualifier is $375, if you advance in to the Tour event you will need to pay the additional $375 to make up for the Tour entry fee.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
All times listed in local time
|FRI, MARCH 16||Player Check-In
12pm – 5pm
Range Open for Practice
All day (based on availability)
Check In: 3pm
Compete: 4pm – 5:30pm
|SAT, MARCH 17||Range Open for Warm Up
Open Division Preliminary Rounds (5 Sets)
9am – 10am: Group A Preliminary Rounds (16 Players – Points Format)
10am – 11am: Group B Preliminary Rounds (16 Players – Points Format)
11am – 12pm: Group C Preliminary Rounds (16 Players – Points Format)
12pm – 1pm: Group D Preliminary Rounds (16 Players – Points Format)
16 to 8 Round
1:30pm – 3:00pm
Event will follow the WLDA Player Handbook – Click here for a detailed description
WLDA/VWLDC Event entry fees will be refunded if the WLDA staff is notified (via e-mail at LongDrive@GolfChannel.com) before the close of entries. Each WLDA Event has a specific close time and is listed on the event entry page, a $120 service charge will be deducted from all refunds. After the close of registration, no refund for any reason will be issued.
Columbia Metropolitan Airport – 6.1 Miles
Charlotte Douglas International – 105 miles
Atlanta International – 218 miles
With many areas to stay, players will find it very appealing to stay in the downtown Columbia area known as the ‘Vista’. Competitors are encouraged to check out www.VisitColumbia.com to see everything the area has to offer, including world class dining, entertainment and lodging options.
USD $750 – Per Player
PURSE & PAYOUT: $30,000
100% of entry fees will be paid out (Based on a full field of 36 players)
1st – $12,000
2nd – $6,000
3rd & 4th – $3,000
5th – 8th – $1,500
The below points will be awarded to each player based on finish:
1st – 800pts
2nd – 600pts
3rd & 4th – 400pts
5th – 8th – 200pts
9th – 16th – 100pts
17th – 36th – 50pts
Par Tee Driving Range
3209 Charleston Highway
West Columbia, SC 29172
2013 – Jeremy Easterly
2014 – Rob Tiettmeyer
2015 – Will Hogue
2016 – Trent Scruggs
2017 – Tim Burke