Entering the day as the No. 6 ranked competitor in the World Long Drive rankings, Ryan Steenberg grabbed his first career victory on Sunday, winning the Bash for Cash Tour event in Port Rowan, Ont., Canada.
The Rochester, N.Y. resident and Buffalo native took advantage of the event’s relative proximity to home and was surrounded by family who served as witness of the inaugural victory for the 2016 World Long Drive Championship runner-up. Steenberg defeated Canadian Jeff Gavin in Sunday’s final thanks to a 409-yard drive that was enough to earn the title.
“This is a special win,” said Steenberg. “I have my family here, my whole family is in town. This is for Grandpa Don. He has seen better days and I wanted to send some love his way by dedicating this victory to him. I had to really grind and work on a few things but that’s Long D`rive. I got with my team and we made the adjustments necessary to get the win.”
OPEN DIVISION FINAL
(6) Ryan Steenberg def. (37) Jeff Gavin (Stoney Creek, Ont., Canada)
OPEN DIVISION SEMIFINAL MATCHES
(6) Ryan Steenberg def. (30) Stephen Kois (Wheaton, Ill.)
(21) Jeff Gavin def. (39) Ben Tuaone (Salt Lake City, Utah)
OPEN DIVISION QUARTERFINAL MATCH RESULTS
(39) Ben Tuaone def. (1) Justin James (Jacksonville, Fla.)
(21) Jeff Gavin def. (15) Justin Moose (Columbia, S.C.)
(6) Ryan Steenberg def. (22) Eddie Fernandes (Winter Garden, Fla.)
(30) Stephen Kois def. (4) Ryan Reisbeck (Layton, Utah)
SIX PUNCH TICKET TO 2018 WORLD LONGDRIVE CHAMPIONSHIP:
Six coveted exemptions into the 2018 World Long Drive Championship were awarded through the Bash for Cash qualifying on Friday-Saturday’s Kevin Blenkhorn, Cody Stout, Branden Shipley, Dwight Riddle, Gavin and Tuaone all claimed their spot into the field at WinStar World Casino & Resort later this year.
COMING UP: The World Long Drive Association will head to Colorado for a World Long Drive Championship Qualifier. The event will take place on July 19-20 in Colorado Springs, Colo. On the Tour event front, the next stop will originate at WinStar World Casino and Resort on the Oklahoma / Texas state line for the WinStar Midwest Slam on Saturday, August 4.