Monday, April 11, 2016

Andreas  Persson wins the first long-drivers' 

championship at Fairmont, St Andrews

Sweden's Andreas Persson won the Scotland Long Driving European TourChampionship, beating Dan Konyk with a best drive of 362 yards after playing three sets in the final.
In the first tournament of the season, held at the Fairmont St. Andrews, almost 30 hitters from all over Europe participated.
Long Drive at the home of golf
For the first time, Scotland has hosted one of the championships on the tour. Not surprisingly, it´s the homeland of the golf. As we expected, the day started with rain and cold weather and grey skies. The low temperature conditioned the earlier hits of the players who did not exceed 350 yards. In the warmer afternoon conditions, hitters reached 404 yards, the longest ball of the day sponsored by Williams Racing Golf, and achieved by the Scot John McSloy. In addition, the Kittocks course added an extra challenge for the talent of the long drivers.

Scot John McSloy, with a blast of 329 yards, highlighted group 1. He was followed by Sweden's Edbald Markus (307), Finland's Marko Mustonen (305) and Thomas Morel (France). 
Englishman Joe Miller returned to a championship of the LDET and he did not disappoint. He made a mark of 337yd
Other marks were:  M. Rogalski (Scotland), 317, Alex Cerdervall (Sweden) and Timo Petrasch (319). However, Miller fell in the second round, defeated by Switzerland's Benaglio by two sets to zero. 
Miller was unbeaten in Europe since 2012.

In the third group, the best was Sweden's Emil Rosberg (350), followed by England's Matthew Nicolle (349), Dan Konyk (345y) and Mauro Benaglio (338y). 
And in the last frame, Persson was first (344y) and after him: the Finn Aleksi Kivini (334y), Belgium's Tanguy Marionex (332) and the Serbian Ilija Djurdjevic (331y).

A final with big names
The road to the first title of the season was not easy for Andreas Persson. He left back the rookie Thomas Morel (FRA), Edblad Markus (SWE) and John McSloy (SCO). In the other hand, Dan Konyk signed a great championship after eliminating Martin Rogalski (SCO), Emil Rosberg (SWE) and Matthew Nicolle (ENG).

In the final battle, the spectators at Fairmont St. Andrews enjoyed the performance of Persson (350, 347, 362) and Konyk (348, 349, 355), two of the most experienced long drivers, who played three sets. The rookie Matthew Nicolle finished third.
Best bombings in sight
The long drivers play with the balls provided by Volvik. The sponsor of the circuit works to get better distances in their performances and premiered a new model of ball called MAGMA, which was tested by Persson and Konyk. Both showed their power and reached spectacular marks of 373 and 374 yards



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