Daniel Lee, the new RWLCA Long Drive record holder

The first round of the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship Australia has been run and won. Held at Gold Creek Country Club in the nation’s capital, the event featured the best grid that competitors have seen in ages, and they “made hay” as a result, shattering some Australian longdrive records in the process.

Albury local Daniel “The Destroyer” Lee emerged victorious at the event, smashing the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship Australia Long Drive record with a massive 376.8 metres. He edged out the 2010 Senior Tour Champion Simon Abbott, whose longest drive for the day was a whopping 340.9m. The top 6 players in the Open Division all hit qualifying drives over 340m.

The Amateur Long Drive record for Australia was also crushed on the day, with Canberran Robert Cowdroy managing an impressive 343m, beating the old record of 317.2m.  Robert qualified through Drummond Golf Fyshwick in the Amateur division and showed that he was a very worthy winner. Robert is now the proud new owner of the Taylormade R11 driver, kindly donated to the event by Drummond Golf Fyshwick.

Robert Cowdroy, the new RWLCA Amateur Record holder

The next record had everyone talking well before the event, Dave Sawtell, RWLCA’s only wheelchair competitor attempted to beat the Guinness World Record for the longest one-handed drive from a wheelchair. The previous record stood at 113.55m which Dave did not see as a challenge, beating it with a measurement of 143.7m.

If you find yourself amongst the longest hitter in your club, and wish to test yourself against Australia’s best, find your local venue on www.longdrive.com.au, and give it your best shot. You will be certain to meet some of the best characters in the game of golf.

Spectators are encouraged to come to the event, watch and chant on these power hitters and be a part of the “Most Powerful Sport in Golf”.

The next event is on April 24th, at Palm Meadows Driving Range, 9:30am-3:30pm.

For more information, visit: www.longdrive.com.au, Phone: 0402 650 360, or E-mail: grubersgolf@gmail.com.

2011 Round 1 Results

Open Mens

Finish Name Longest Drive Points
1 Daniel Lee 376.8 34*
2 Simon Abbott 340.9 26
3 Brendan Moylan 349.7 25
4 Ben Dyer 354.1 24
5 Matt Elliott 340.2 23
6 Leon Ratapu 339.6 22
7 Craig Grigson 337.7 20
8 Shane Keys 337.2 19
9 Craig Sconce 332.1 18
10 Adam Jackson 332 17
11 Anthony Donovan 324.2 16
12 Damien Powell 324 15
13 Damien Sanders 322.4 13
14 Andrew Brennan 308.5 12
15 Dan Maloney 263.2 11

Seniors

Finish Name Longest Drive Points
1 Simon Abbott 340.9 34*
2 Andrew Brennan 308.5 26

Amateur

Finish Name Longest Drive
1 Robert Cowdroy 343
2 James Singline 328.4
3 Matthew Holmes 306.1
4 Roy O’Sullivan 301.6
5 Lance Banneau 293.3
6 Paul Smith 286.3
7 Cameron Vurovecz 270.9
8 Rick Thorne 270
9 Mark Slockee 248.5
10 Richard Jalland 199
11 Dave Sawtell 176
12 Matt Smith

Super Senior

Finish Name Longest Drive
1 Bryan Kelly 294.7
2 Paul Smith 282.9
3 Daryl Bell 282.5
4 Chris Tozer 235.8

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