Entry places are filling up fast for a new event on the sporting calendar, the Trident Homes 2017 New Zealand Long Drive Championships.
 
Two qualifiers are being held Saturday 20 May for the North Island Championship, in Tauranga and Saturday 27 May at Clearwater Golf Resort, Christchurch for the South Island Championship.
 
All that’s required is the ability to hit a golf ball a long way. It’s all about power and distance with an all-expenses trip to the United States and a chance at some big prize money on the line.
 
The champion of the North Island event is flown to Clearwater Golf Resort to watch their South Island counterparts compete. The North Island champion then takes on the South Island champ in a winner-takes-all shoot out.
 
The victorious long driver will then represent New Zealand at the Volvik World Long Drive Championship in, Oklahoma, United States in late August, early September where a total prize pool of $270,000 USD is up for grabs including $125,000 USD for the winner. The event will also be broadcast around the world on NBC’s Golf Channel.
 
Almost anyone can enter the exciting North and South Island Champs as long as they are over 18 years of age, available on the required dates, a New Zealand resident and being able to beat your mates and rivals at hitting a very long ball.
 
The overall New Zealand winner will be flown to the United States to compete in the Volvik World Long Championships held from August 31 – September 6, 2017, at the WinStar World Casino and Resort, Thackerville, Oklahoma.
 
In addition to the Trident Homes New Zealand Long Drive Championships an international long drive event will be held in November at the Remuera Golf Course in Auckland with around a dozen nations set to be represented playing for an international prize purse.