Entering the day drawing upon a surplus of momentum to-date in his 2018 campaign, World No. 4 competitor Will Hogue outlasted the balance of the field to claim the Bluff City Shootout on Saturday before a hometown crowd in his native Memphis.
In fact, it was an all-Memphis final, as Will Hogue advanced past Wes Patterson, a native of the Memphis area currently residing in St. Louis. Hogue – a fireman and paramedic in the Memphis area earned his third World Long Drive Association victory of the season, despite tweaking his ankle just one week ago when he stepped down from the fire truck awkwardly.
“This is the most I’ve ever had to grind in a tournament,” said Hogue. “With the condition that my ankle was in, this is the best win I’ve ever had.”
Hogue’s winning ball came on his sixth attempt, coming to rest 346 yards down the grid.
“I’m going to keep grinding and keep working. Hopefully I can win a few more before the [Volvik World Long Drive] Championship in September.”
OPEN DIVISION FINAL
(4) Will Hogue def. (37) Wes Patterson
OPEN DIVISION SEMIFINAL MATCHES
(37) Wes Patterson def. (16) Kevin Shook (Bradenton, Fla.)
(4) Will Hogue def. (32) Josh Cassaday (Centennial, Colo.)
OPEN DIVISION QUARTERFINAL MATCH RESULTS
(37) Wes Patterson def. (1) Justin James (Jacksonville, Fla.)
(16) Kevin Shook def. (7) Trent Scruggs (Hickory, N.C.)
(4) Will Hogue def. (30) Stephen Kois (Wheaton, Ill.)
(32) Josh Cassaday def. (2) Maurice Allen (Pine Hills, Fla.)
SIX PUNCH TICKET TO 2018 VOLVIK WORLD LONG DRIVE CHAMPIONSHIP:
Six coveted exemptions into the 2018 Volvik World Long Drive Championship were awarded through the Bluff City Shootout qualifying on Thursday-Friday. Ian Driscom, Zach Sizemore, Andrew Herbert, Joshua Kock, Rob Tiettmeyer, and Paul Otsby all claimed their spot into the field at WinStar World Casino & Resort later this year.
COMING UP: The World Long Drive Association will head north for the Bash for Cash in Port Rowan, Ont., Canada. Open Division Qualifying will take place Friday-Saturday, July 6-7, with the Tour event being staged on Sunday, July 8.
By: Luke Halgerson