The WinStar Midwest Slam got underway Thursday on the Oklahoma/Texas border. With less than a month remaining until the 2018 Volvik World Long Drive Championship, competitors taking part in Thursday’s qualifier got the first taste of the venue that will stage the Championship next month.
Ryan Gearhart, Jay Milinichik and Brad Skupaka each claimed their spot into the field in September by taking the top-three places in the point standings in the Final Qualifying stage. Gearhart connected on the longest drive of the afternoon with a 368-yard blast in his fourth set.
Three additional qualifying spots will be handed out on Friday, with preliminary qualifying scheduled to get underway at 8 a.m. On Friday afternoon, a Tour Event qualifier will take place with 16 competitors vying for four available spots into Saturday’s Tour Event at WinStar.