For the 4th year in a row, The Par Tee Golf Center, know as "Hitter's Heaven." will hold the East Coast Classic Long Drive Event on Saturday, March 17th, 2018. We will also host a qualifier for the World Long Drive Championship that is held each year in Oklahoma. The qualifier will be conducted in 4 different sessions on Thursday & Friday, March 15 & 16, 2018. The full schedule of events is listed below.
Registration for the World Long Drive Qualifiers is done through the Golf Channel's Website. 2018 registration should be available in the near future by clicking on this link - http://www.worldlongdrive.com/schedule-2018/east-coast-classic-tour/
Admission for spectators to the World Long Drive Qualifiers and East Coast Classic is free. Over the past three years, we have hosted one of the strongest fields in Long Drive. In 2017, 15 of the top 20 hitters in the world were at The Par Tee.
The Longest Hitters in the World were at The Par Tee Golf Center on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 15th, 16th and 17th for the World Long Drive Qualifier and East Coast Classic. On Thursday and Friday, we had over 400 attempts to qualify for the World Long Drive Championship that will be held in September at The Winstar Resort in Oklahoma. After nearly 4000 balls were hit, 6 qualifiers emerged:
Glenn Wilson Jr – 456 yards – Thursday Qualifier
Jacob Golliday – 454 Yards – Friday Qualifier
Mitch McDowell – 445 Yards – Friday Qualifier
Press Labrie – 438 Yards – Thursday Qualifier
Scott Kalamar – 435 Yards - Thursday Qualifier
Spencer McDaniel – 434 Yards – Friday Qualifier
On Saturday, 36 contestants took to the Grid for the East Coast Classic. 14 of the top 20 ranked long drivers in the world were entered in the event, including 2017 World Long Drive Champion, Justin James and Runner-Up, Mitch Grassing. Players hit in 4 groups of 9 in a round robin format, with 4 players advancing out of each grouping. Thee final 16 players then hit against each other and the field was narrowed down to 8 players. These 8 players were seeded by world ranking in a bracket (4 players on each side) and competed head-to-head, until the final two players were left. In the final match, “Fast” Eddie Fernandes (47 years old), was matched against, the Par Tee’s very own, Justin Moose. Each player hit 8 balls at the same time (within 3 minutes). Fast Eddie’s 5 ball went 410, and then Justin Moose hit one 419 that ended up being the winning ball and securing the $12,000 pay check for Moose. Moose is originally from Pittsburgh, but now lives in Columbia, SC and is a regular at The Par Tee !!!
Local Long Driver, Patrick Hopper made it to the Round of 16, but was eliminated as the field was narrowed down to the final 8.
Congrats to Moose – we will see everyone again in 2019 !!!
Enjoy this video from the 2017 East Coast Classic