Friday night saw an incredible display of power hitting as Rebecca McGinley defended her title at the American Golf Long Drive Championship. In winning the Championship, Rebecca received a hamper of products from Garmin and qualified for a place in the World Long Drive Championship.

Rebecca went into the final as hot favourite after winning the 2015 event and going on to rank third in the World Finals. And she didn’t disappoint as she hit the ground running in her opening head to head match with a mammoth drive of 318 yards. Rebecca didn’t have it all her own way though with a strong challenge being mounted by long drive newcomers Olivia Raybould, Lorna McClymont and Rebecca O’Grady. All three registered drives in excess of 260 yards with finalist Olivia Raybould topping out at 285.

In the final McGinley sent out a drive of 299 yards in her first set of 3 and with Raybould unable to match it from her first or second set, she was crowned American Golf Long Drive Champion and with it booked her seat on the plane to Oklahoma and the worlds.

“I’m so pleased to have defended my American Golf Long Drive title,” commented the North East Pro golfer, “The competition was tough this year so I was pleased to get a couple of 300 yard drives on the board. Now I’ve qualified for the world finals I’m going to have to up my game, but I know if I put the work in I can do American Golf and Garmin proud and hopefully bring back a better finish than my third place last year.”

Daniel Gathercole, Director of Marketing and Communications at American Golf added, “Rebecca has been a fantastic ambassador for American Golf throughout her year as Champion. Now Rebecca has a year’s more experience, and two titles under her belt, I’m really excited to see what she can do at the World Championship. Whatever her result though I know she will be a great champion for American Golf and Garmin.”

The Long Drive Championship is a vital part of American Golf’s drive to get more people out playing golf more often. 2017 will see a series of free events added to the current event schedule when the Scratch and Individual Championships, Family Cup, Pitch & Putt Championship and Adventure Golf Championship will be added to the Junior Championship, Long Drive, 9 Hole, Seniors and Ladies.

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