Hickory, N.C. (August 2, 2017) – The World Long Drive Association (WLDA) is in North Carolina for the Catawba Classic. An hour north of Charlotte, Hickory is home to world No. 6 Trent Scruggs, who grew up playing at Catawba Country Club, this week’s host venue. Scruggs will look to win in front of a home crowd for the first time.
Ryan Reisbeck is in the field for his first event as the new world No. 1 as he gets ready to defend his 2016 win. The Utah native appeared in the finals of the last week’s Mile High Showdown, but wasn’t able to get past Maurice Allen.
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Last week’s winner, world No. 4 Allen, appeared on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive earlier in the week. The former track and field athlete made quite an impression after his energized post-victory interview at the Mile High Showdown.
The men’s Open Division enjoyed the record-setting week in the high altitude of the Rocky Mountains, but how will they fair in the softer conditions of North Carolina?
GRID: Catawba Country Club, 1154 Country Club Rd, Newton, N.C.
WHAT’S AT STAKE: Five (5) exemptions into the Volvik World Long Drive Championship are up for grabs in the Men’s Open Division.
LOCAL QUALIFYING: Two (2) exemptions will be awarded following each qualifier Friday & Saturday.
CATAWBA CLASSIC TOUR EVENT: One (1) exemption will be awarded to the top finisher who is not already qualified for the 2017 Volvik World Long Drive Championship.
2016 – Ryan Reisbeck
CURRENT FIELD: Ryan Reisbeck, Justin James, Maurice Allen, Trent Scruggs, Ryan Steenberg, Tommy Hug, Paul Howell, Landon Gentry, Glenn Wilson, Jr., Jason Eslinger, Kevin Shook, Justin Moose, Troy Teal, Mitch Grassing, Jeff Crittenden, Jeff Gavin, Brady Torbitt, Dan McIntosh, Patrick Hopper, Kyle Berkshire, Mitch Dobbyn, Kyle Blakely, Aaron Mansfield, Spencer McDaniel, Collin Phillips, Mark Costello, Ian Griscom, Scott Kalamar, Curtis Urniezius, Daniel Lambert, Stephen Kois, Michael Knox.
WORLD LONG DRIVE RANKING POINTS: Points will be awarded to each player based on finish.
1st – 800pts, 2nd – 600pts, 3rd & 4th – 400pts, 5th – 8th -200pts, 9th – 16th – 100pts, 17th – 32nd – 50pts.
PURSE & PAYOUTS: 100% of entry fees will be paid out (Based on a full field of 32 players)
1st – USD $10,000, 2nd – USD $5,000, 3rd & 4th – USD $2,500, 5th – 8th – USD $1,250.