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Dan Konyk – Long Drive Champion

Long Drive Champion Dan Konyk Hits Monster Drive In Terrible Conditions

The American Golf Long Drive Championship, as the title suggests is all about big hitting. It is basically who can drive off the tee the furthest. The prize for winning is entry into the World Long Drive Competition in the USA.

There were over 1000 competitors hoping for a trip to the US. The competition was played out in some good old British weather, torrential rain, but that didn’t dampen any spirits as there were some big hitter amongst the entrants.

The competition was split into 3 groups, ladies, under 45’s and over 45’s. There was a limit to the number of drives that they had, so there wasn’t too time to get into the swing of things, so to speak. Each category had a winner with the overall winner hitting the longest drive.


At the American Golf National Academy Dan Konyk became American Golf’s first ever Long Drive Champion.  Using a 9 deg Callaway Hyper X with Fujikura shaft and a Titleist Pro V1 ball, Konyk hit an incredible 333 yards despite torrential rain, beating off tough competition from the other finalists.

The competition attracted more than a thousand golfers across the UK.  Only 15 people made it through to the Grand Final, which was held at the American Golf National Academy at High Legh Park Golf Club on August 21st.  The competition was hotly contested with many of the drives reaching world class distances despite the conditions.

After the knock out stages the finalists in the 3 categories; Over 45s, Under 45s and Ladies, had 6 attempts to stake their claim for the ultimate prize – a trip to the USA to take part in the World Long Drive Championship.  All eyes were on Konyk who is a well known figure in the Long Drive community.

So it came as some surprise when with only 3 balls remaining Konyk sat behind Over 45 winner Steve Kent. But Konyk had a little left in reserve and struck a huge 333 yard drive through pouring rain with his fourth ball, which ultimately saw him crowned Champion.

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