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Garner, Berkshire Claim 2019 World Long Drive Championship

world long drive championship: Season 2019
WLD Championship -- Season: 2019 -- Pictured: World Long Drive Competitors
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THACKERVILLE, Okla. – The 2019 World Long Drive season wrapped up in spectacular fashion, with Chloe Garner (Somerset West, South Africa) and Kyle Berkshire (Orlando, Fla.) cementing themselves as the latest duo to join the select club of World Long Drive Champions.

Garner found redemption against Phillis Meti (Auckland, New Zealand) in the championship match after finishing runner-up to the No. 1 ranked hitter in the Women’s Division two of the previous three years in the season-culminating event.

“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.”

The 28-year-old South African advanced to the championship match after hitting the grid only twice in her semifinal round match against Alexis Belton, but her 346-yard drive was enough to propel her toward a rematch with Meti.

In the Open Division, the championship match pitted No. 1 vs. No. 2 in the rankings in Berkshire and Burke, and just as he had proved in the previous two tour events this summer, Berkshire confirmed the notion that he is a force to be reckoned with. On just his second ball, Berkshire outdrove the two-time champion to claim his first World Long Drive Championship title belt.

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

Berkshire faced England’s Jordan Brooks in the semifinals, where he connected on a 423-yard drive that saw him through to the finals against Burke.

OPEN DIVISION

Finals(1) Kyle Berkshire (Orlando, Fla.) defeated (2) Tim Burke (Orlando, Fla.)

Semifinals(1) Kyle Berkshire (Orlando, Fla.) defeated (13) Jordan Brooks (Tamworth, England)(2) Tim Burke (Orlando, Fla.) defeated (14) Emil Rosberg (Gothenburg, Sweden)

Quarterfinals(1) Kyle Berkshire (Orlando, Fla.) defeated (9) Mark Costello (Fort Worth, Texas)(5) Justin Moose (Columbia, S.C.) defeated (13) Jordan Brooks (Tamworth, England)(11) Rob Tiettmeyer (Windermere, Fla.) defeated (14) Emil Rosberg (Gothenburg, Sweden)(2) Tim Burke (Orlando, Fla.) defeated (10) Mitch Grassing (Kitchener, Ont., Canada)

WOMEN’S DIVISION

Finals(3) Chloe Garner (Somerset West, South Africa) defeated (1) Phillis Meti (Auckland, New Zealand)

Semifinals(1) Phillis Meti (Auckland, New Zealand) defeated (5) Troy Mullins (Los Angeles, Calif.)(2) Chloe Garner (Somerset West, South Africa) defeated (4) Alexis Belton (Ruston, La.)

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