World Long Drive is adding a new face its broadcast team at next week’s “Exchange Celebrating Service” event that will be held on Fort Jackson’s Army base outside of Columbia, S.C.
Emmy-nominated Golf Channel host/analyst David Feherty will be an on-site to contribute to the event coverage on Golf Channel. And although he is well-known for his role on NBC’s broadcasts of PGA Tour events and for his self-titled Feherty series, this will be a first for Feherty.
“I’m looking forward to being with these soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, especially in this environment alongside some of the longest hitters in the world,” said Feherty, who co-founded Feherty’s “Troops First Foundation” in 2008, and has spent considerable time overseas with troops on U.S. military bases.
“In my travels through Iraq and Afghanistan, golf was always a common thread,” Feherty said. “There was a makeshift driving range on every forward operating base, and it was obvious that hitting a golf ball was a way to relieve stress and sometimes boredom. I know I’ll come away from Fort Jackson feeling privileged to have had this experience.”
Feherty’s role will be to contribute to the broadcast by providing a closer look at the 12 service members competing in the Military Division, focusing on their professional and athletic achievements, in addition to providing color on Fort Jackson as a venue.
The dozen service members will be competing for an exemption into the 2019 World Long Drive Championship, which will be awarded to the winner of the Exchange Celebrating Service: Fort Jackson Military Division competition. Each earned a spot in Fort Jackson by winning one of the 12 qualifying events held at U.S. Army bases around the country in March-April.
The competitors consist of active, retired or reserve service members from each of the five armed service branches (qualifier location in parentheses):
- Jake Taylor – Marine Corps (Retired) – 335 yards (Fort Jackson, SC)
- Rob Wolfenden – Army – 339 yards (Fort Benning, GA)
- Chand Duncan – Army National Guard – 382 yards (Fort Bliss, TX)
- Jay Milinichik – Marine Corps (Retired) – 341 yards (Fort Hood, TX)
- Robert Watry – Army – 332 yards (Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA)
- Ryan Hixon – Coast Guard – 346 yards (Fort Belvoir, VA)
- Mike King – Army – 337 yards (Fort Lee, VA)
- Chris MacMurray – Army – 299 yards (Fort Sill, OK)
- Zack Rudy – Coast Guard – 298 yards (Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD)
- Tyler Jeffers – Air Force – 388 yards (Fort Carson, CO)
- Mikael Dubois – Air Force National Guard – 351 yards (Fort Campbell, KY-TN)
- Johnny Kozlowski – Navy – 369 yards (Fort Bragg, NC)
The Exchange Celebrating Service: Fort Jackson event will take place at Fort Jackson Golf Club, and marks the second of six televised World Long Drive Tour events in 2019, culminating with the World Long Drive Championship in September. GOLF Channel’s live telecast of the Exchange Celebrating Service: Fort Jackson on Tuesday, May 7 (5-7:30 p.m. ET) will feature the four women, eight men, and four military service members having advanced from preliminary rounds earlier in the competition.