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Colton Casto Defends WLD Memphis Title; Ryan Reisbeck Captures Senior Division Crown



Casto recorded a 361-yard drive in the final to secure the victory


Colton Casto (L) and Ryan Reisbeck (R) hoist WLD Memphis Championship Trophies


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ARLINGTON, Tenn. (May 19, 2024) - World No. 5 Colton Casto is a winner at WLD Memphis once again. The Snohomish, Washington, native outlasted Cody Billinghurst 361 yards to 352 in the final to defend his WLD Memphis title from last year. The event format was a double-elimination competition due to inclement weather on Saturday.


Casto, coming off a runner-up finish at the first event of the year, hit the second-longest drive of the entire competition in Round Two at 386 yards.


WLD Memphis marked the first event of the year for the Senior Division. Ryan Reisbeck, 2023 Senior Division world champion, picked up where he left off as he earned the win this weekend with a 349-yard drive in the final.


Reisbeck's longest drive of the Senior Division competition was 358 yards.


Casey Steed, who entered the weekend as the No. 2 ranked amateur in the world, won the Amateur Division presented by Speed Toad title. Similar to Reisbeck, Steed's winning drive was 349 yards.


MISCELLANEOUS

Naoto Misumi hit the longest drive of the event - 391 yards


Ryan Reisbeck hit the longest drive of the Senior Division - 358 yards


UP NEXT

The next World Long Drive event is WLD Rocky Mountains, scheduled for May 31-June 2 at Big Foot Turf Farms in LaSalle, Colorado.


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About World Long Drive

The World Long Drive Championship is the largest annual domestic professional golf event not associated with the PGA of America, the PGA Tour, or the LPGA. It was first held in 1974, and since 2000 consisted of Open, Women’s, Seniors (over-45s), and Amateur events. The World Long Drive tour is comprised of over nine events domestically and over 30 events internationally all culminating for the season finale World Long Drive Championship. World Long Drive tour and championship is owned and operated by GF Sports and Entertainment based out of New York, NY. 


World Long Drive has partnered with PIVOT Agency out of the San Francisco Bay area to reintroduce the brand and sport into the corporate market leveraging partner relationships.


PIVOT Agency is a full-service sports marketing agency, built at the nexus of brands and culture, and forming alliances between consumer brands, athletes, sports, the arts, causes, business and media. Today it has grown into four (4) unique and successful divisions, encompassing Property Representation, Brand Consulting, Travel and Hospitality. PIVOT's property division consults with top organizations in the sports and entertainment world including GF Sports & Entertainment, Pro Pickleball Association, Athletes Unlimited, Cedar Fair, OpTic Gaming, NRG, Spacestation Gaming, Illinois State University and a growing portfolio of professional and collegiate properties.


About GF Sports and Entertainment

GF Sports & Entertainment is a global events and operations company that elevates the experience of live sports, entertainment and interactive events. The company owns two of the ATP Tour’s longest running American tennis tournaments, the Dallas Open and the Atlanta Open, as well as the National Lacrosse League New York Riptide. GF Sports & Entertainment also incubates new and emerging sport concepts, this includes Wolf Pack Ninjas, which operates ninja-focused events globally and just completed the purchase of World Long Drive an international long drive tour.


GF Sports & Entertainment was founded in July 2015 by New York-based private equity firm GF Capital. For additional information, please visit www.gfsportsandentertainment.com



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