The 2016 LDET season is over!
October 9th 2016.- After the cancellation of the final event this year, now the season is over. Postponing the final round would have caused many logistical problems for both players and staff. We have had 9 amazing tournaments this year across Europe starting in April at the “Home of golf” in St. Andrews and finishing last September in Portugal.
The fourth season of the Long Drivers European Tour is over and this means that the ranking/standings after 9 championships are final: Maurice Allen is the 2016 LDET Champion, Emil Rosberg finishes 2nd and Mauro Benaglio 3rd. CONGRATULATIONS
– Teemu Pitkänen (FIN) has the LDET record distance in four years with a bomb of 440 yards.
– There will not be an awards ceremony.
– We will make arrangements to mail out payouts. We will be in contact with players with more information about this process.
Our heartfelt thanks goes out to the volunteers, grid workers and our staff for your work in making this season possible and successful. We would also like to extend our gratitude to all the players for your season and to the golf courses that have hosted our tournaments this 2016.
Thanks and we hope you have enjoyed the season!
The LDET engine starts this Saturday 9th April with the Scotland LDET Championship
April 5th, 2016 - BARCELONA. The LDET engine starts this Friday 8th and Saturday 9th April with the first tournament of the 2016 season. The championship will be held in Scotland at the Fairmont St. Andrews. The first event will bring together nearly thirty hitters from all over Europe including the current European LDET champion, Maurice Allen, and the 2014, Joe Miller.
Scotland, the beginning:
The eagerly awaited return of the long drivers tour will kick off in Scotland, often considered the home of golf. The tournament will be held at Fairmont St. Andrews, ranked as one of the best courses in the world. The hole #17 in Kittocks with the panorama of St Andrews town in the background will host the adrenaline filled event of bombs from the big hitters. "Starting in Scotland means a lot for us. We are very proud that a field like Fairmont St. Andrews is the beginning of our fourth season that will certainly be impressive", says Xavier Eusebio, founder and director of the tour.
Allen vs Miller
This season will be even more competitive as more and more new players are taking on the more experienced players. The American Maurice Allen will have to defend the title as the current champion. It will not be easy because the LDET circuit has big names as Frederik Frost (Denmark), Dewald Lubbe (South Africa) and Mauro Benaglio (Switzerland), among others, as well as new rookies like the Emil Rosberg (Sweden) or Thomas Morel (France). And also we have hitters from other continents such as the champion of Kenya Ajay Matharu.
Almost thirty players will face each other in Scotland to compete for the first tournament of the season. And what a great competition it’s going to be, as the inaugural event will see Joe Miller (2014 Champion) and experienced hitters like Andreas Persson (Sweden) or Dan Konyk (England).
Scotland is the first of the ten destinations where golfers and long drive enthusiasts will be able to see the bombers. It will be followed by events in Denmark, the Netherlands, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Portugal and a surprise destination yet to unveiled as the season finale. You can see the full schedule on our website: www.europeanlongdrivers.com/tournaments/
Long Drivers European Tour (LDET) would not be possible without the support of different partners that join us on our journey around Europe. Volvik will continue to be the official ball of the season. Williams Golf Racing has joined the tour and will help the hitters with new technological & aerodynamic advances of their drivers, and Star Grips USA. We also have continued support from Champ Tee, Hirzl, DestinationGolf.Travel and Players Towel.
The Long Drivers European Tour premieres its fourth season in St. Andrews
January 12th 2016, BARCELONA. - The Long Drivers European Tour (LDET) presents the fourth season - the only long drive tour in the world- which will start next 8th and 9th April in Scotland. The Fairmont St Andrews will host the first tournament of LDET, new locations have been added to the LDET tour this year including including Scotland premieres and Denmark, Austria, Hungary and Portugal. Nine of the ten scenarios have changed; only three countries are repeated from last year´s tour and Czech Republic will returns to the tour after a year of absence.
The Long Drivers European Tour at the “Home of Golf”
The new LDET season will start strong and with lots of emotions at the Fairmont Saint Andrews, which will be the first stop of the season. In Scotland, considered the "Home of Golf", the sport has been practiced for over 600 years and for the first time; Europe's best hitters showcase their talent on the 8th and 9th April.
Five new venues: amazing scenarios
The European tour keeps growing and showcasing the talent on offer to all corners around Europe and will reach new and impressive venues such as Silkeborg Ry Golfklub in Denmark, the largest golf complex in the country wich is the second event on the calendar list next 6th and 7th May.
The long drive show will also stops in Austria at the Diamond Country Club (24th & 25th June), just two weeks before will host a European Tour championship. Hungary will receive Europe´s biggest hitter at the Zala Springs Golf Resort (29th & 30th July), a course designed by the prestigious Robert Jones, one of the best golf course designers. Portugal, named best golf destination 2015 in the world at the World Golf Awards (WGA) will enjoy the crunching of these big hitters at the Belas Clube de Campo (23rd & 24th September)
3 countries, 3 different courses
Along with the new venues, three countries will continue where they left off last year, only in a different course. The first will be Netherlands, which will hold a second season in a row at the start of the summer: 3rd and 4th June at the Amsterdam Old Course. Slovenia will also be part of the circuit and this season the event will take place at the emblematic landscape of the Lake Bled at the Golf Course Bled (19th and 20th August). In Italy, the tour moves to the Garda Golf Club (9th and 10th September) in Solano del Lago, chosen as the best course in the country in the 2015 WGA awards.
Czech Republic will host again one of the tournaments after being absent last year; this season it will be in a course near the capital: Golf Club Praha (8th and 9th July).
The last stop of the season will be the classic THE MASTERS LDET CUP. This final tournament will complete the ten championships and most likely will take place outside the borders of Europe.
Hitters at a high level
The American Maurice Allen will have the challenge to defend the European title champion and to prove again his level against the rest of professional tour hitters. Dewald Lubbe, Frederik Frost, Scott Beaven, Mauro Benaglio or Adrián Sánchez will be, surely, names to consider in a circuit. The LDET consolidates year after year in this specialty golf so Europe will live again the long drive party. The LDET also will continue to pursue the categories of amateur, junior and women in this new season.