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Preview: World Long Drive La Salle, CO




LASALLE, Colo. (May 29, 2024) - The 2024 World Long Drive (WLD) season continues with WLD Rocky Mountains, held May 31-June 2 at Bigfoot Turf Farms in LaSalle, Colorado. The event will feature 64 players in the Open Division, 18 players in the Women’s Division, 18 players in the Senior Division, and 32 players in the Amateur Division presented by Speed Toad.


Last year’s WLD event in LaSalle brought the longest drives of the season. World No. 7 Bryce Verplank hit the furthest drive of the 2023 season at Bigfoot Turf Farms: 489 yards. However, it was Zack Holton that earned his first career WLD title in last year’s event, outdriving Martin Borgmeier 468 yards to 440 yards in the final. Phillis Meti outlasted Gabi Powel 378 yards to 350 yards in last year’s Women’s Division.


World No. 4 Colton Casto enters the weekend as the most recent WLD winner after capturing the title at WLD Memphis on May 19. Casto’s winning drive was 361 yards; his longest drive of the competition was 386 yards (second-longest of the event). Defending Senior Division world champion Ryan Reisbeck also won in Memphis, securing the victory in the first Senior Division event of the year.


CLICK HERE for updated WLD World Rankings


Colorado Natives

Two of the four defending world champions are Colorado residents and will be competing at WLD Rocky Mountains. Reigning Women’s Division world champion Monica Lieving is a Denver resident. Lieving, currently ranked No. 2 in the world, won three of six WLD events in 2023. 


Also from Denver, Amateur Division world champion Andrew Eigner has moved up to the Open Division after an incredible season in 2023. Eigner secured the 2023 Amateur Division World Championship with a 384-yard blast in the final. He won four of seven events (Amateur Division) he competed in in 2023.


Highlands Ranch natives Hunter and Chase Noell will be competing in LaSalle. Now living in Greeley, Hunter will participate in the Open Division. He is currently ranked No. 39 and has a career-longest drive of 463 yards. Chase, ranked No. 11 among amateurs and now based in Wellington, will compete in the Amateur Division.


CLICK HERE for the 2024 World Long Drive Press Kit, including photos/b-roll of past events and individual competitors. Additional photos/b-roll and interviews available upon request.


Please contact Jonathan Deutsch (469-534-8525) if you plan to cover in-person.


2024 WLD Rocky Mountains - Event Schedule (all times Mountain)


Friday, May 31

Amateur Division - 32 Players

8:00 a.m. - Group 1 Prelims (16 Players – Top 8 Advance to Round of 16)

9:30 a.m. - Group 2 Prelims (16 Players – Top 8 Advance to Round of 16)

11:00 a.m. - Round of 16 / Quarterfinals / Semifinals / Final


Local Qualifiers

12:00 p.m. - Local Qualifiers


Regional Qualifier

4:30 p.m. - Regional Qualifier, Double Elimination


Saturday, June 1 

Open Division Round 1 – 64 Players (Preliminary Points Rounds)

8:00 a.m. - Group 1 (16 Players – Top 8 Advance to Round 2) 

9:45 a.m. -  Group 2 (16 Players – Top 8 Advance to Round 2) 

12:00 p.m. - Group 3 (16 Players – Top 8 Advance to Round 2) 

1:45 p.m. -  Group 4 (16 Players – Top 8 Advance to Round 2)


Senior Division - 18 Players

4:00 p.m. - Round 1 (Preliminary Points Round - Top 8 advance to Quarterfinals)

5:30 p.m. - Quarterfinals / Semifinals / Final


Sunday, June 2

Open Division Round 2 – 32 Players (Preliminary Points Rounds)

8:00 a.m. - Group 1 (16 Players – Top 8 Advance to Match Play) 

9:45 a.m. - Group 2 (16 Players – Top 8 Advance to Match Play)


Women’s Division - 16 Players

12:00 p.m. - Round 1 (Preliminary Points Round - Top 8 advance to Quarterfinals)

1:30 p.m. - Quarterfinals / Semifinals / Final


Open Division -16 Players

2:15 p.m. - Group of 16 / Quarterfinals / Semifinals / Final


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