Tim Burke WORLD LONG DRIVE CHAMPION
With a crushing drive that measured 427 yards, Tim Burke from Orlando (Florida, USA) and his driver Krank becames the longest hitter in the world, capturing the 2013 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship, its coveted championship belt and a winner-take-all $250,000 prize. Burke, 26, competed with eight of the longest drivers of the golf ball in the world who faced off in front of a raucous Las Vegas Motor Speedway crowd and a national Golf Channel audience.
The LDET Player, Joe Miller finished in 2nd position.
Who will be the new WORLD LD CHAMPION?
- The big World Final is held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway (USA) on Wednesday (October 30th) at 2 am Europe time.
- The top-8 players in the final will compete for the World Title & for the $250,000 prize.
- Among the eight finalists, JoeMiller (Long Drivers European Tour player), who will also play for the European Championship title in the final round of the LDET event in Torremirona Golf Resort next November 23rd.
BARCELONA.- The spectacle of the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship is live tomorrow with special attention to the one of the top European Tour players, Joe Miller, competing in the world finals to be held on Wednesday October 30 in Las Vegas (Nevada , USA ) at 6pm ( 2am Spanish time from Wednesday to Thursday).
The British long driver of the Long Drivers European Tour (LDET) also will compete at THE MASTERS LDET CUP, the final round of the European Championship circuit to be held in Torremirona Golf Resort (Navata, Figueres ). The competition will take place on Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd November and will gather the best players from across Europe in that discipline. Along with J.Miller (2010 World Champion) will be Andreas Persson (SWE) , Dan Konyk (UK) , Eric Houballah (FRA, European Senior Champion) and John McSloy (SCO) among others.
THE MASTERS LDET CUP will be crucial to decide the champion of the season (which will be awarded with a prize of 10,000 euros) as the ranking is tighter and more exiting than ever, with three players in the top positions -Persson , Miller and McSloy - which will be ready to show his talent. The Secretari General of Sport, Ivan Tibau will attend the big final and award the trophy to the champion , underlining the institutional support of the Generalitat de Catalunya in this international event.
Beside the professional category, amateur players can also participate in that big event. Free admission for the public.
Joe Miller wins in Mijas
September 8th.- The Bristish long driver Joe Miller has won the Spanish LDET Championship with a boom of 371.5 yards. Miller beat Andreas Persson (358y) in the final after a very close contest on the golf course of Los Lagos (Mijas Golf International), where the best hitters in Europe have exhibited their drives. With still one event to go on the Tour, the Mijas tournament has left the LDET ranking tighter than ever. REAM MORE
Promotional LDET event in Mijas town
What does a golfer up to a horse carriage? Why the best European hitters begin to warm up their swings perched in a typical Andalusian buggy?
It will be at the Mijas fair (city center), where Miller, Allen, Konyk, Boltenstern, Persson and McSloy, among others, the thoroughbreds of Long Drive, will around with their drivers a few hours before the big LDET tournament.
Do you want to meet them? Friday 6th September from 17:45 Mijas Tourist Office (Avd Virgen de la Peña, 2) they will participate in a very special presentation of the Spanish LDET Championship, to be played in Mijas International Golf the day after.
SPANISH LDET Championship
Mijas Golf International will host, on 6th and 7th September, the SPANISH LDET Championship. The tournament will take place in the golf club of Los Lagos, within the complex of Mijas Golf, one of the most popular Costa del Sol golf courses. The Spanish event will meet the European big hitters such as Joe Miller (2010 World champion and new European champion 2013), Andreas Persson, Dan Konyk, Eric Houballah (European Senior Champion), Jorgen Trank or John McSloy, among others.
This is the first time that Mijas Golf will host a long drive championship and, indeed, within the LDET tour. Mijas Golf Intenacioanl CEO, Lorenzo Perez Cortes confirmed the decision to choose to host the championship was conceived two months ago. "From the first moment we met the organization of the LDET we both wanted the tournament at the province and especially in Mijas Golf, because the idea is to make this event the most spectacular tournament of the tour and our field has everything to be, "said Lorenzo.
ROAD TO THE WORLDS: 4 Spots
The Spanish LDET Championship (Mijas, Malaga 6th -7th September) will award with 4 spots to the Worlds. (For the competitors not yet qualified).
The RE/MAX WLDC will take place in Mesquite (Nevada, US) from 18th to 25th September
LONG DRIVERS EUROPEAN TOUR and LONG DRIVERS AMERICA have announced all participants of the Spanish LDET Championship will be eligible to compete for 4 places at the RE/MAX World LD Championships in Mesquite (Nevada, USA).
Michael Ambriz, vice-president of Long Drivers America, commented: “We are extremely excited about partnering with the Long Drivers European Tour. Our partnership will continue to provide European long drivers an opportunity to fulfill their quest in becoming the longest hitter in the world and capturing the most coveted prize in long drive, the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship. It is the LDA´s goal to continue to promote the sport internationally and attract competitors from around the globe”
Xavier Eusebio, CEO of the LDET said: “This will make the competition even more disputed and spectacular. The some of the best European players will fight for the spots in the World Finals with all their power! LDET is growing very fast in his first year and this partnership with LDA it´s one step more to benefit the sport and the hitters”.
Cash prizes for the four first placed pro players will be: €250 for fourth place, €500 for third, €750 for second and first place receives – as well as a place in the final in Mesquite – €1500. Amateur and senior winner prizes will be courtesy of the Spanish LDET Championship sponsors.
Lorenzo Cortés, president of Mijas Golf Internacional said: “Mijas Golf is really proud to host the Spanish LDET and we are wishing that over start the big competition. The best hitters in Europe will fight for the trophy and also to get a place for the World Finals.”
LDET Promotion: Preparing for the Get Go
Photo shooting at Hotel Miura Spa
It's that time again! Time for the longest drivers on the LDET Circuit to beef up their biceps and go ballistic! Here they all are in the Hotel Miura spa preparing for the get go, you see it's not all about pumping iron in the World of long drive. Good luck guy's many the best man win, let's go GOLFIN.
Joe Miller: New European LD Champion
This week saw those guys that hit the ball a little bit farther than we do gather in Sweden to compete in the next event on the Long Drivers European Tour. A decent field assembled, with some of the best European long drive players like John McSloy, Dan Konyk, Andreas Persson, Jorgen Trank, Marc Autret, Johan Tumba…. taking part as well as former World Long Drive Champ Joe Miller!
It looked like it could have been an all English final with Konyk and Miller both getting to the Semi-finals but Dan could not quite get past the Swedish sensation David Kvist and so that left it to Mr Miller to wrap things up in the final, with a hit of 330m!
In the senior category the LDET French Eric Houballah was crown European Senior Champion aftern beats the Swedish LDET Player Tony Nilsoon.
And Joakim Boltenstern won the title in the Super Senior category against the English Ivan
All in all a great championship and the next stop is the Czech Republic next weekend at the Prosper Golf Resort in Celadna, the 5/6th July.
Will it be another victory lap for Mr Miller?.... Let´s see and wait!
Victory for Tony Nilsson at the UDDALA LDET
The Swedish LDET Player Tony Nilsson won the second round of the Long Drivers European Tour last weekend at Uddala (Sweden). Tony hit a drive in the final of 374.6y against Johan Tumba, who sent his balls OB.
The Swedish, who says he would have liked to form a team party with Seve Ballesteros, John Daly and Alice Cooper also won the senior category with a better drive of 396.2 yards against Patrick Key with 393.6y.
Tony Nilsson, with this victory, also earned a place in the Spanish LDET Indoor Championship next March 23 in Madrid.
The quarterfinals players were Patrick Karlsson, Fredrik Karlsson, Nicholas Rowe, Patrick Key, Johan Tumba, Tony Nilsson, Andreas Persson and Kary Hyökki.
CJ Hellström achieved faster ball shot 214.5 mph (345.2 km / h) and Andreas Persson won the "longest ball of the day" with a "shot" of 431 yards.
The next tournament of the LONG DRIVERS EUROPEAN TOUR will be played back in the UK within NW Protour LDET Series. It will be the third event of the season and will have a cool prize of £ 1,000 to the winner.
Results: Click here
Charles Durnian smashes his way to victory
NW Protour LDET Indoor Series
Charles Durnian was a big hit in the North West Pro Tour’s long driving showdown at Euxton Park last night.
The 22-year-old son of European Tour legend and Chorley resident Denis, crunched a shot 405 yards in the four-man final
But that distance was dwarfed in the qualifying round by Glasgow’s LDET Player John McSloy whose attempt soared a mind-boggling 444 yards!
Durnian’s best effort at that stage was a mere 397 yards until he found the extra distance when it mattered.
He now leads the Long Drivers European Tour indoor rankings and the Chorley-based tour’s Race to the Czech Republic.
Photos of the tournament: click here
LONG DRIVERS EUROPEAN TOUR is born
NOVEMBER 2013.- The LONG DRIVERS EUROPEAN TOUR has born in Europe. Some of the best golf courses will host tournaments valid for the LDET 2013 season. Events in UK, Sweden, Spain, Czech Republic…
The season will starts in January with the indoor events in UK. The big events will take place after April when the outdoor season starts and the first big event will be the 28th May in Sweden, the Swedish LDC.
All the events are open to all the categories: Open, Senior, Ladies and Amateurs.
The CEO & Founder of the Long Drivers European Tour, Xavier Eusebio says: We founded the LDET for the players and for having an official European Tour. This will allow the professional players to play around Europe. We are working hard to grow this sport!.
Golfinmag announced their partnership with the Long Drivers European Tour as Official Media Partner and as part of that agreement they will cover all the events around Europe and promote the European Tour season.
NW Protour Indoor Series has been affiliated with LDET. After holding a successful indoor Long Drive contest at the end of November they have now been able to plan and bring this indoor experience to the Tour as a competitive option over the winter months, up for grabs will be ranking points for the Tour, a chance therefore to go and play in further events on the LDET circuit and also substantial amounts of prize money. Valid for LDET indoor ranking.
-NW Protour LD Indoor Series: New Generation Golf, UK
- Tuesday 29th January 2013 (TBC for sure)
- Wednesday 20th February 2013 BIG HITTERS LD CHAMPIONSHIP, Major event at NG Golf. (TBC for sure)
- Saturday 9th March 2013
- Friday 29th March 2013
-Swedish Long Drive Championship 28th May 2013
-European LDET Championship: 28-29th June 2013
-Czech Republic LDET Championship: 5th-6th July 2013.
-Spanish LDET Championship: 4th-5th September 2013.