Today was the first ever Trackman Long Drive Event at the Ballarat Golf Club.
Over 20 golfers competed in 4 categories and a great crowd of spectators cheered on
The over 45s Men’s event was hotly contested with 4 very competitive friends going head to head. Wayne Hines got a cracking drive of 265 which set a tough task for Cameron Bryce. Cam couldn’t manage the distance required so Wayne became the over 45s Longest Hitter.
Following the over 45s we had the women’s event which saw 2 competitive friends hit off against each other in the semi final, Kym Erbacher hit a great drive of 200m and even though Vicki Waldron tried her hardest she couldn’t manage anymore than 189m from her 3 shots.
Our Junior category had 2 competitors so young Teddy Murphy started with a cracking drive of 128m, a great drive especially for a 11yr old. Next up was Gemma Gale who had volunteered her time all day helping with our family day (thanks Gemma!) Gemma hit 2 not so good drives but on her 3rd and last shot smoked one out to 186m.
The Men’s category saw 14 guys go head to head. Hot favourite Brett Castle crashed out in round 1 after Nathan McCallum only took 1 shot to beat Brett’s 279m target. Jack Savige set the distance in Round 1 of 311m which also went about 200m sideways but set Jack as potentially the man to beat. Round 2 was down to 8 players which saw Nathan McCallum once again only take 1 shot to beat his opponent but we also saw some cracking matches with Brenton Walker hitting it 298m on his last shot to advance to the top 4. The final 4 got underway with Brenton Walker v Nathan McCallum and Joel Anstis v Jack Savige. Once again Brenton crushed his 3rd drive close to 300m setting Nathan’s toughest challenge yet. It only took 1 drive again for Nathan to beat Brenton and advance to the final. Jack Savage crumbled under the pressure and Joel Anstis easily beat Jack to advance to the final against Nathan.
In the final Joel Anstis hit 3 cracking drives with his best of 289m a challenging target for Nathan but true to his form Nathan stepped up with a borrowed driver from his first opponent Brett Castle and smashed it 298m to be the first male winner of the Trackman Longest Driver Event.
Well done to all competitors and congratulations to our winners who win a Sandhurst PGA Centre For Learning experience Wayne Hines, Kym Erbacher, Gemma Gale, Teddy Murphy and Nathan McCallum.