The Long Drivers European Tour announces the 2018 calendar
· The tour will start next 7th & 8th April at Hotel Golf Château de Chailly
· The LDET circuit will pass through nine countries in Europe including the new premier of Russia and the new event of the Nations Cup
· The European Champion Matt Nicolle is ready to defend his title
5th January 2018, BARCELONA. - The Long Drivers European Tour (LDET) presents the sixth season which will start next 7th and 8th April in France. The Hotel Golf Château de Chailly will host the first tournament of the LDET. 4 of the nine countries – France, Belgium, Sweden and Italy - will return to the tour. One of the new events of the season will be the Nations Cup that for the first time of the Tour will have a long drive championship by teams next October.
“We are very proud to host the first LDET season event in France! We are committed to host major golf events at Hôtel Golf Château de Chailly like the LDET - in 2017 we started an annual golf pro-am and in our first event we had five players from the European Tour in our event including Gwladys Nocera and Raphaël Jacquelin. France and the French golfers will enjoy the spectacular Long Drivers European Tour by coming to our resort next April and watch the big hitters” said Tobias Yang, President of Hotel Golf Château de Chailly
6 new venues: Amazing scenarios
Three weeks after the first bombings, the hitters will travel to Belgium (20th and 21st April) at Steenhoven Golf Club. “We are very pleased to host this international event in our golf club. We will do our best to manage this competition and give a great time to the players and to the visitors believing that everybody will enjoy the show” said Arnaud the Golf Manager
Täby Golf Klub will welcome the circuit hosting the Swedish tournament the first weekend of May (4th & 5th). The Swedish player Sebastian Forslöf will have a big support because he will play at home: “Playing in my hometown will be an honor. Competing in the sport I love with my friends and family supporting me will be a highlight of the season and I will do my best to win”.
For the first time in the tour history, Russia will have a long drive tournament. The Long Drivers will visit the biggest European country next 2nd and 3rd June at PeterHof Golf Club near Saint Petersburg. “It is a big honor for Peterhof Golf Club and the city of Saint Petersburg to host a stage of LDET in Russia. All the team as well as the golfers are very much looking forward to what is going to be a great golf weekend with a ProAm and the most exciting show in Golf” Inar Kuramshin, Golf Manager of PeterHof Golf.
At the end of July (28th and 29th), the tour will stop in Germany (Munich) at the Münchener Golf Club. The hometown of “The German Bomber” Timo Petrasch “Having a LDET tournament in my city is great. I want to bring a lot of people and create an amazing atmosphere” said Timo.
Italy will host again one of the tournaments after being absent last year; it will the seventh event of the season and it will be near the capital of Rome next 26th & 27th August at Terre Dei Consoli.
Only 1 venue repeats from last season
Along with the new venues, only one resort will host again a LDET tournament: it will be Hungary, which will hold it for a third season in a row next 13th and 14th of July at Zala Springs Golf Resort, a course designed by the prestigious Robert Jones, one of the best golf course designers.
New tournament: NATIONS CUP
This 2018 season, the tour will have for the first time, the NATIONS CUP. Players will represent their countries by teams in a long drive tournament. More info and the venue will be announced soon.
The last stop of the season will be the classic MASTERS LDET CUP. This final tournament will complete the ninth championships; the place will be confirmed very soon.
The European Champion Matt Nicolle is excited for the new season: “I am looking forward to the season ahead and can´t wait to start competing again. I want to defend my European title”.
Volvik Official ball
VOLVIK is the official ball sponsor of the Long Drivers European Tour since 2014. The VIVID XT is the current model used on the tour. During the last 6 years, the LDET has been in amazing places around Europe such as St. Andrews, Italy, France, UK, Estonia, Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, Sweden, Spain...
“We will continue being the official ball of the tour for the new season. We are very proud to be part of the European Tour for the fifth consecutive season and growing the game in Europe. Our colour balls give more visibility to the long drive show and will be seen around the European sky” said Jason Stewart, Volvik European Marketing Manager.
The LDET consolidates year after year and Europe will live again the long drive show.