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Volvik To Become Official Title Sponsor of World Long Drive Championship

WORLD LONG DRIVE ASSOCIATION EXPANDS PARTNERSHIP WITH VOLVIK TO BECOME OFFICIAL TITLE SPONSOR OF WORLD LONG DRIVE CHAMPIONSHIP

Avis Named Official Rental Car of Volvik World Long Drive Championship

World Long Drive Association Expands International Reach with Addition of Partners in: Canada, India, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom

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ORLANDO, Fla. (March 27, 2017) – The World Long Drive Association (WLDA) announced that it has expanded its partnership with Volvik, which will become the official title sponsor of the World Long Drive Championship (Aug. 31-Sept. 6). In an additional display of brands aligning themselves with the increasingly popular segment of golf, Avis was named the official rental car of the Volvik World Long Drive Championship. And, in continuing its efforts to globalize, the World Long Drive Association has expanded its international presence through new sanctioned event partnerships in multiple countries.

“We had a huge reaction to being the official ball of the WLDA last year from those tuning in watching pink, green, yellow and orange Volvik golf balls going 430-plus yards in the Finals,” said Volvik USA President Don Shin. “With everything Golf Channel is doing to advance Long Drive and its exciting atmosphere, we wanted to get involved even more by becoming the title sponsor of the Volvik World Long Drive Championship, in addition to being the official ball of all sanctioned WLDA events."

In addition to becoming the title sponsor of the Championship through a new multi-year agreement, Volvik will:

- Continue as the official ball for all qualifying and sanctioned WLDA events, utilizing the new four-piece Volvik VIVID XT (Extreme) matte finish ball, specifically designed for players with faster swing speeds and available in five bright colors.

- Receive signage at qualifying and sanctioned events, and be featured within Golf Channel’s WLDA telecasts

- Maintain its presence as the exclusive ball on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive program

Avis – Official Rental Car of the Volvik World Long Drive Championship

In becoming the official rental car, Avis will be featured within Golf Channel’s telecast of the Volvik World Long Drive Championship. They’ll also receive on-site branding on both the Championship grid and grandstands surrounding the tee box, and have signage at WLDA local and regional qualifying events throughout 2017.

Addition of International Long Drive Partners – In continuing its efforts to globalize the Long Drive segment of the sport, the World Long Drive Association announced a series of international Long Drive partners, providing automatic exemptions into the Volvik World Long Drive Championship for competitors from:

 Canada (July 14-16)

1 automatic exemption into the 2017 Volvik World Long Drive Championship (Open Division)

India (*Date TBA*)

3 automatic exemptions into the 2017 and 2018 Volvik World Long Drive Championship; two in the Open Division and one in the Masters Division

Japan – Iwaki Region (*Date TBA)

4 automatic exemptions into the 2017 Volvik World Long Drive Championship; one in the Open Division, two in the Masters Division and one in the Women’s Division

Japan – Tokyo Region (*Date TBA)

4 automatic exemptions into the 2017 Volvik World Long Drive Championship; one in the Open Division, two in the Masters Division and one in the Women’s Division

New Zealand  (May 27)

1 automatic exemption into the 2017 Volvik World Long Drive Championship (Open Division); 2 automatic exemptions into the 2018 and 2019 Volvik World Long Drive Championship; one in the Open Division and one in the Women’s Division

United Kingdom (August 4)

4 automatic exemptions into the 2017 and 2018 Volvik World Long Drive Championship; two in the Open Division, one in the Masters Division and one in the Women’s Division.

2017 WORLD LONG DRIVE ASSOCIATION SCHEDULE:

DATEEVENTLOCATION
March 24-27Endless Summer InvitationalHuntington Beach, Calif.
April 21-23East Coast ClassicWest Columbia, S.C.
May 18-20WinStar Midwest SlamThackerville, Okla.
May 27New Zealand Long Drive ChampionshipChristchurch, New Zealand
June 3-6Clash in the Canyon (*Golf Channel*)Mesquite, Nev.
June 23-25Bluff City ShootoutMemphis, Tenn.
July 6-8Rockwell BlastWest Bountiful, Utah
July 14-16Canada (Bash for Cash)Port Robinson, Ont., Canada
July 22-25Mile High Showdown (*Golf Channel*)Denver, Colo.
Aug. 4UK Long Drive ChampionshipOxfordshire, England
Aug. 4-6Catawba ClassicHickory, N.C.
TBAIndia Long Drive ChampionshipTBA, India
TBAJapan (Iwaki Region) Long Drive ChampionshipTBA, Japan
TBAJapan (Tokyo Region) Long Drive ChampionshipTBA, Japan
Aug. 31-Sept. 6Volvik World Long Drive Championship (*Golf Channel*)Thackerville, Okla.

The 2017 Open Division schedule consists of qualifying events spanning from March through August, with competitors from each event advancing to the Volvik World Long Drive Championship, which will feature a 96-man field competing for a $270,000 purse. The Women’s Division will feature a field of 32 competitors vying for a purse of $40,000. The event will return to WinStar World Casino & Resort (Thackerville, Okla.) for a third consecutive year, following a multi-year extension as the host site.

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