Dan delighted to win inaugural American Golf Long Drive contest
Dan Konyk has become the first-ever American Golf Long Drive champion. The 35-year-old Englishman, the 2012 European RE/MAX World Long Drive champion, harnessed difficult conditions to hammer his winning shot 333 yards at the American Golf National Academy at High Legh Park.
Over 1,000 UK golfers entered the competition, with just 15 people making it through to the grand final. In spite of torrential rain, Konyk still managed to produce a thumping shot, using a nine-degree Callaway Hyper X driver, fitted with a Fujikura shaft, and a Titleist Pro V1 golf ball.
“This is one of the most satisfying titles I’ve won,” said Konyk afterwards. “I was laid up with a cold when I qualified at my local American Golf and today the tough conditions and quality competition have pushed me all the way.
“I struggled to get loose early on but managed to rip one in the final that was just enough.
“This has been a great event and I’m really excited to go on and represent American Golf and Garmin at the World Long Drive Championship.”
Daniel Gathercole, head of marketing at American Golf added: “We always expected this event to attract some big hitters, but we hadn’t anticipated such a battle.
“We are really delighted for Dan and are sure that he will do a great job representing American Golf and our sponsor Garmin on the world stage.”
After the knockout stages, the finalists in the three categories - over-45s, under-45s and ladies - had six 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 three balls remaining, Konyk sat behind Steve Kent. However, the main man 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.