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Celebrating Women’s Golf Day

BANK OF HOPE FOUNDER’S CUP CELEBRATES WOMEN’S GOLF DAYWITH WHAT’S FORE LUNCH NETWORKING EVENT
The Bank of Hope Founders Cup is proud to present its second What’s Fore Lunch networking event in celebration of Women’s Golf Day. The women’s networking event will take place on Tuesday, June 5th at Camelback Golf Club from 11am until 3pm and feature food, friends and plenty of fun.
The event will feature lunch, a guest speaker, demonstrations, lessons and giveaways from a myriad of golf manufacturers, skills challenges, shopping opportunities, door prizes and the opportunity to Play 9 on the Padre course at Camelback Golf Club.
Schedule of Events11:00am – Check in11:30am – Lunch and guest speaker12:30pm – Open shopping1-3:00pm – Skills competitionsOption to Play 9 starting at 2pm
Tickets are $35 per person. Optional 9 holes of golf is an additional $20 per person. To register and purchase your tickets, visit:  https://www.cuetoems.com/founders_2019/Tickets.aspx?l=wfl

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USGA Announces 23 Additional Players Exempt for 118th U.S. Open Championship

USGA Announces 23 Additional Players Exempt for 118th U.S. Open Championship
U.S. Amateur champions Matthew Fitzpatrick, Bryson DeChambeau and Peter Uihlein among latest group
The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced that 23 additional golfers, including U.S. Amateur champions Matthew Fitzpatrick, Bryson DeChambeau and Peter Uihlein, have earned full exemptions into the 2018 U.S. Open Championship, to be played June 14-17 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. These exemptions bring the number of fully exempt players to 77.
All 23 exemptions were awarded to players who earned a place in the top 60 of the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) as of May 21. DeChambeau, who won the 2015 U.S. Amateur, is ranked No. 39. He will compete in his fourth U.S. Open. Fitzpatrick, who is also competing in his fourth U.S. Open, claimed the 2013 U.S. Amateur and is ranked No. 40. Uihlein, who won the 2010 U.S. Amateur, is ranked No. 59 and will play in his third U.S. Open.
The other players who earned full exemptions through the current Official World Golf Ranking are: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Rafael Cabrera Bello, Ross Fisher, Dylan Frittelli, Branden Grace, Chesson Hadley, Tyrrell Hatton, Charles Howell III, Satoshi Kodaira, Alexander Levy, Haotong Li, Luke List, Francesco Molinari, Alex Noren, Louis Oosthuizen, Ian Poulter, Chez Reavie, Cameron Smith, Charl Schwartzel and Brendan Steele.
At No. 19, Noren is the highest-ranked player in the current OWGR who was not previously exempt into the U.S. Open. Noren, who has captured nine European PGA Tour titles and lost to Jason Day in a playoff at the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open in January, will compete in his sixth U.S. Open.
Hadley moved up two spots from the previous world ranking to No. 60 as of this week. Hadley, who will play in his first U.S. Open, won the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open in 2014 and posted two of his four Web.com Tour victories last year.
The winner of the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship (May 24-27) will also earn an exemption. The number of fully exempt golfers may increase with the addition of the top 60 players from the OWGR as of Monday, June 11.
The first of two international sectional qualifiers for the 2018 U.S. Open was held on May 21, in Japan, where three spots in the 156-player field were determined. England will host qualifying for the 14th consecutive year on Monday, June 4. Those players who qualify are in addition to the 77 fully exempt players listed below.
Sectional qualifying in the United States, at 36 holes, will take place at 10 sites on Monday, June 4. The sites are: Lake Merced Golf Club & The Olympic Club (Ocean Course), Daly City, Calif.; The Bear’s Club, Jupiter, Fla.; Ansley Golf Club (Settindown Creek Course), Roswell, Ga.; Woodmont Country Club (North Course), Rockville, Md.; Canoe Brook Country Club (North and South Courses), Summit, N.J.; Brookside Golf & Country Club & Lakes Golf & Country Club, Columbus, Ohio; Springfield (Ohio) Country Club; Portland (Ore.) Golf Club; Ridgeway Country Club & Colonial Country Club (South Course), Memphis, Tenn.; and Shadow Hawk Golf Club, Richmond, Texas.
Shinnecock Hills Golf Club is the lone club to have hosted the U.S. Open in three different centuries. In 1896, James Foulis won the second U.S. Open with a three-stroke victory over Horace Rawlins. Raymond Floyd (1986) and Corey Pavin (1995) were U.S. Open champions in the 20th century. Retief Goosen held off Phil Mickelson to win his second U.S. Open in 2004.
A list of the 77 golfers fully exempt into the 2018 U.S. Open as of May 21 (not including the three international sectional qualifiers from Japan) is below. It can also be found at this link: http://www.usopen.com/qualifying/exemptions.html.
More information about the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, including local and sectional qualifying, is available at www.usopen.com.
The list of the 77 golfers who are fully exempt into the 2018 U.S. Open (as of May 21):

Kiradech Aphibarnrat

13

 

Marc Leishman

12, 13

Daniel Berger

12, 13

 

Alexander Levy

13

Rafael Cabrera Bello

13

 

Haotong Li

13

Patrick Cantlay

12, 13

 

Luke List

13

Paul Casey

12, 13

 

Hideki Matsuyama

11, 12, 13

Kevin Chappell

12, 13

 

Graeme McDowell

1

Jason Day

7, 8, 12, 13

Rory McIlroy

1, 6, 7, 13

Bryson DeChambeau

13

 

Phil Mickelson

6, 13

Jason Dufner

7, 12, 13

 

Francesco Molinari

13

a-Harry Ellis

3

 

Trey Mullinax

11

Ernie Els

15

 

Alex Noren

13

Tony Finau

12, 13

 

Louis Oosthuizen

13

Ross Fisher

13

 

a-Matt Parziale

2

Matthew Fitzpatrick

13

 

Pat Perez

12, 13

Tommy Fleetwood

11, 13

 

Kenny Perry

10

Rickie Fowler

11, 12, 13

Ian Poulter

13

Dylan Frittelli

13

 

Jon Rahm

12, 13

Jim Furyk

15

 

Chez Reavie

13

Sergio Garcia

5, 12, 13

 

a-Doc Redman

2

a-Doug Ghim

2

 

Patrick Reed

5, 12, 13

Lucas Glover

1

 

Justin Rose

1, 12, 13

a-Noah Goodwin

2

 

Xander Schauffele

11, 12, 13

Branden Grace

13

 

Charl Schwartzel

13

Bill Haas

11

 

Webb Simpson

1, 8, 12, 13

Chesson Hadley

13

 

Cameron Smith

13

Adam Hadwin

12, 13

 

Brandt Snedeker

11

Brian Harman

11, 12, 13

Jordan Spieth

1, 5, 6, 12, 13

Tyrrell Hatton

13

 

Kyle Stanley

12, 13

Russell Henley

12, 13

 

Brendan Steele

13

Charley Hoffman

11, 12, 13

Henrik Stenson

6, 13

Charles Howell III

13

 

Justin Thomas

7, 11, 12, 13

Dustin Johnson

1

 

Peter Uihlein

13

Zach Johnson

6, 13

 

Jhonattan Vegas

12

Martin Kaymer

1

 

Jimmy Walker

7, 13

Si Woo Kim

8, 13

 

Bubba Watson

5, 13

Kevin Kisner

12, 13

 

Danny Willett

5

Satoshi Kodaira

13

 

Gary Woodland

12, 13

Brooks Koepka

1, 11, 12, 13

Tiger Woods

1

Matt Kuchar

12, 13

 

 

 

Bold – U.S. Open champion      a-amateur
Key to Player Exemptions:

Winners of the U.S. Open Championship the last 10 years (2008-17)
Winner of the 2017 U.S. Amateur, U.S. Junior Amateur & U.S. Mid-Amateur Championships and 2017 U.S. Amateur Championship runner-up (must be an amateur)
Winner of the 2017 Amateur Championship conducted by the R&A (must be an amateur)
Winner of the 2017 Mark H. McCormack Medal (top-ranked in WAGR & must be an amateur)
Winners of the Masters Tournament the last five years (2014-18)
Winners of The Open Championship, conducted by the R&A, the last five years (2013-17)
Winners of the PGA of America Championship the last five years (2013-17)
Winners of The Players Championship the last three years (2016-18)
Winner of the 2018 European Tour BMW PGA Championship
Winner of the 2017 U.S. Senior Open Championship
From the 2017 U.S. Open Championship, the 10 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 10th place
Those players who qualified for the season-ending 2017 Tour Championship
Top 60-point leaders and ties from the current World Ranking as of May 21, 2018
Top 60-point leaders and ties from the current World Ranking as of June 11, 2018

Special exemptions selected by the USGA

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USGA Accepts More Than 2,700 Entries for 39th U.S. Senior Open Championship

USGA Accepts More Than 2,700 Entries for 39th U.S. Senior Open Championship
Eleven past champions scheduled to compete at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, June 28-July 1
LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (May 17, 2018) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced that it has accepted 2,738 entries for the 39th U.S. Senior Open Championship, scheduled for June 28-July 1, 2018 at The Broadmoor (East Course) in Colorado Springs, Colo. Eleven past champions are among the 75 players who are currently fully exempt into the championship.
 “The U.S. Senior Open is considered senior golf’s most coveted championship and there is once again great interest in competing for the Francis D. Ouimet Memorial Trophy,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman. “As The Broadmoor celebrates its centennial, the East Course will provide an ultimate test for the players and an outstanding venue for fans to witness the game’s greats.”
The U.S. Senior Open is open to professional golfers, and amateurs with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 3.4 who are 50 years of age at the start of championship play.
Sectional qualifying will be played over 18 holes at 34 sites across the United States between May 21 and June 11. There are qualifying sites in 26 states, including five in California, three in Florida and two in Pennsylvania and Texas. In addition, places in the 156-player field are reserved for eligible winners of official PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions events in the weeks remaining before the 2018 U.S. Senior Open.
The USGA accepted entries from golfers in 48 states, including 106 from Colorado, and the District of Columbia, as well as 27 foreign countries. The record for entries was established in 2002, when 3,101 golfers applied to play.
Kenny Perry, the 2013 and 2017 champion, and 10 other Senior Open champions are fully exempt from having to qualify for the championship. They are: Olin Browne (2011), Brad Bryant (2007), Roger Chapman (2012), Fred Funk (2009), Hale Irwin (1998, 2000), Peter Jacobsen (2004), Bernhard Langer (2010), Jeff Maggert (2015), Colin Montgomerie (2014), and Gene Sauers (2016).
There are six U.S. Open champions among the 75 exempt players. They are: three-time champion Irwin (1974, 1979, 1990), two-time champion Lee Janzen (1993, 1998), Steve Jones (1996), Tom Kite (1992), Corey Pavin (1995) and Tom Watson (1982). There are also eight U.S. Open runners-up entered. They are: Miguel Angel Jimenez (2000), Tom Lehman (1996), Davis Love III (1996), Rocco Mediate (2008), Montgomerie (1994, 1997, 2006), Loren Roberts (1994), Jeff Sluman (1992) and Watson (1983, 1987).
This will be the third U.S. Senior Open in Colorado and the second at The Broadmoor. Eduardo Romero won at The Broadmoor in 2008, defeating Funk by four strokes. Romero became the second Argentinean to win the Senior Open, joining 1980 champion Roberto De Vicenzo. In 1993, Jack Nicklaus won by one stroke over Tom Weiskopf at Cherry Hills Country Club, in Cherry Hills Village, Colo.
The Broadmoor is hosting its eighth USGA championship. Two of the greatest players in golf history have earned titles at the acclaimed resort. Nicklaus won the first of his two U.S. Amateurs in 1959 while Annika Sorenstam captured the first of her three U.S. Women’s Opens in 1995. The Broadmoor also hosted the 1967 U.S. Amateur (won by Robert B. Dickson), 1982 U.S. Women’s Amateur (won by Juli Inkster), 2011 U.S. Women’s Open (won by So Yeon Ryu) and the 1962 Curtis Cup Match.
For the eighth consecutive year, only online entries were accepted, beginning on March 7. Wesley Pacheco, a 52-year-old amateur from Jacksonville, Fla., submitted his entry 2 minutes and 37 seconds before the deadline of 5 p.m. EDT on May 16. Gary Albrecht, a 61-year-old amateur from Denver, Colo., was the first entrant.
More information about the U.S. Senior Open before, during and after the 2018 championship at The Broadmoor can be found at www.usga.org.
The list of the 75 golfers who are fully exempt into the 2018 U.S. Senior Open (as of May 16):

Michael Allen

 

Tom Kite

Stephen Ames

 

a-Sean Knapp

Billy Andrade

 

Bernhard Langer

Tommy Armour III

Tom Lehman

Magnus Atlevi

 

Davis Love III

Woody Austin

 

Jeff Maggert

Paul Broadhurst

Prayad Marksaeng

Olin Browne

 

Billy Mayfair

Brad Bryant

 

Scott McCarron

Mark Calcavecchia

a-Michael McCoy

Roger Chapman

Rocco Mediate

Fred Couples

 

Colin Montgomerie

John Cook

 

Gil Morgan

John Daly

 

Mark O’Meara

Glen Day

 

Scott Parel

Marco Dawson

Jesper Parnevik

Clark Dennis

 

a-Chris Patton

Scott Dunlap

 

Corey Pavin

Joe Durant

 

Tom Pernice Jr.

Bob Estes

 

Kenny Perry

Steve Flesch

 

Loren Roberts

Peter Fowler

 

Gene Sauers

Carlos Franco

 

a-Paul Simson

David Frost

 

West Short Jr.

Fred Funk

 

Vijay Singh

a-Robby Funk

 

Jeff Sluman

Doug Garwood

Jerry Smith

Philip Golding

 

Steve Stricker

Paul Goydos

 

Kevin Sutherland

Jay Haas

 

Esteban Toledo

Scott Hoch

 

David Toms

Hale Irwin

 

Kirk Triplett

Peter Jacobsen

Scott Verplank

Lee Janzen

 

Duffy Waldorf

Miguel Angel Jimenez

Tom Watson

Brandt Jobe

 

Chris Williams

Steve Jones

 

Tsuyoshi Yoneyama

Jerry Kelly

 

 

Bold – U.S. Senior Open champion       a-amateur

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USGA Increases Commitment to Growing the Game Through Play9 Program

USGA INCREASES COMMITMENT TO GROWING THE GAME THROUGH PLAY9 PROGRAMFifth Year of Program to Feature Community Events Near USGA Championships
LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (May 8, 2018) – As part of its ongoing efforts to grow the game within local golf communities, the United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced plans to celebrate the fifth year of its successful PLAY9TM program.
Since its debut in 2014, PLAY9 has focused on encouraging more people to play more golf, more often. The program aims to showcase the nine-hole round as an ideal solution for both avid golfers and newcomers alike to get out and play in a time-friendly and engaging way.
This year, in collaboration with its Allied Golf Association network, the USGA will host and invite local communities to participate in dedicated regional PLAY9 days each month, beginning on May 9. Golfers can find a golf course in their community that offers a nine-hole rate at usga.org/play9. The course finder identifies nine-hole facilities as well as 18-hole golf courses that offer a nine-hole rate.
Community PLAY9 events will also be held in markets associated with the USGA’s championships, including Middle Island, N.Y. (near the site of the U.S. Open); Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Senior Open); Wheaton, Ill. (U.S. Senior Women’s Open); Pebble Beach, Calif. (U.S. Amateur); and Charleston, S.C. (next year’s U.S. Women’s Open).
“The PLAY9 program offers a fun entry point into the game for newcomers while providing a way for golfers to balance their love of the game with their demanding schedules,” said Mike Davis, USGA CEO. “We have seen the impact to date and the awareness it has built around enjoying nine holes with friends and family. Together with our friends in golf, we’re finding new ways to welcome more golfers and support a positive future for the game.”
Since the program’s inception, PLAY9 has continued to positively impact golf communities and engage golfers nationwide:

Nearly 24 percent of golfers* reported that they participated in a PLAY9 program in 2017, a significant increase from 2015 (17 percent) 
54 percent of single digit handicappers reported that they participated in a PLAY9 program in 2017, up from 32 percent in 2015 
23 percent of facility operators strongly agree that the program has had a positive impact – a 16 percent increase since 2016 
70 percent of golfers agree with the statement, “Nine-hole rounds are a great way to try golf”

“As all of our lives get busier, I’ve become a huge fan of the USGA’s PLAY9 initiative,” said Mark Button of the Texas Golf Association, which hosts a fun staff/community PLAY9 event each year. “Everyone here at the TGA feels the same. Getting out with some of our members to play nine holes on a summer afternoon is one of my favorite things to do. We had so much fun, and I look forward to doing it again soon.”
According to the National Golf Foundation, 88 percent of all public golf courses in America currently offer a nine-hole rate, averaging less than $30 per round. Nine-hole scores made up around 8 percent of all scores posted to the USGA GHIN system over the past four years (2014-2017), an increase from an average of 6 percent from 2010-2013.
The usga.org/play9 portal will serve as a convenient and dedicated destination for golfers, including opportunities to share stories and information on posting nine-hole scores.
The USGA will also continue to support the PLAY9 initiative and communicate its message with a broadcast public service announcement (PSA) that has already reached more than 180 million viewers nationwide.
* Random survey of 2,000 golfers in Fall 2017 (USGA Programmatic Tracker, conducted by Sports & Leisure Group)
About the USGAThe USGA celebrates, serves and advances the game of golf. Founded in 1894, we conduct many of golf’s premier professional and amateur championships, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. With The R&A, we govern the sport via a global set of playing, equipment and amateur status rules. Our operating jurisdiction for these governance functions is the United States, its territories and Mexico. The USGA Handicap System is utilized in more than 40 countries and our Course Rating System covers 95 percent of the world’s golf courses, enabling all golfers to play on an equitable basis. The USGA campus in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, is home to the Association’s Research and Test Center, where science and innovation are fueling a healthy and sustainable game for the future. The campus is also home to the USGA Golf Museum, where we honor the game by curating the world’s most comprehensive archive of golf artifacts. To learn more, visit usga.org.
USGA Media Contact Janeen Driscoll USGA Communications 908-326-1978 [email protected] USGA 77 Liberty Corner Road Liberty Corner, NJ 07938 United States mediacenter.usga.org

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Ak-Chin Indian Community Brings World Long Drive to AZ!

AK-CHIN SMASH IN THE SUN AT A GLANCE
Location: Ak-Chin Circle Field at Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center next to Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino and Resort
16000 Maricopa Rd. Maricopa, AZ 85139
 
Admission: Free
 
Details:
www.AkChinSouthernDunes.com/WLD/
www.UltraStarAZ.com/WLD
 
Schedule of Events
Friday, May 11:
Local / Regional Qualifying Day 1
$40 Open Qualifying (8 Swings)
Saturday, May 12:
Local/Regional Qualifying: Day 2
$40 Open Qualifying (8 Swings) 
Masters Division
4pm – 5pm: Masters Division Preliminary Rounds (16 Players – Points Format)
6pm – 6:45pm: Masters Division Match Play
 
Monday, May 14              
Open Division Preliminary Rounds (5 Sets)
8am – 12pm:  Preliminary Rounds (Groups A, B, C, D. 16 Players – Points Format)
12:30pm – 2pm: Open Division 16 to 8 Round
Tuesday, May 15              
World Long Drive Pro-Am at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes
9am – 11:30am:  Women’s Division Preliminary & Quarterfinals Rounds
5pm – 7pm (LIVE on GOLF CHANNEL): Women’s Division:  Semifinals / Finals (4 competitors) &
    Men’s Open Division:  Quarterfinals / Semifinals / Finals (8 Competitors)

Lodging: Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino and Resort
15406 Maricopa Rd. Maricopa, AZ 85139
Stay & Play packages available with Harrah’s Ak-Chin and Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
 
Golf: Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, #84 Use promo code “LONGDRIVE” and save 20% off of BAR (Best Available Rate) the week of the Ak-Chin Smash in the Sun at ACSD. Book at www.AkChinSouthernDunes.com
 
AK-CHIN INDIAN COMMUNITY BRINGS WORLD LONG DRIVE TO AZ!
Nationally Televised Ak-Chin Smash in the Sun taking place May 11-15.
 
What in golf is part home run derby, part rock concert, with a dash of the 16th hole at Waste Management Phoenix Open? The answer is World Long Drive. Thanks to the Ak-Chin Indian Community the World Long Drive Association is making its first ever tour stop in Arizona, bringing 400+ yard drives and national television coverage on Golf Channel to the Grand Canyon State.
The “Ak-Chin Smash in the Sun” will be taking place May 11-15, 2018, adjacent to Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino and the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle. The competition will take place on a natural grass “grid” (with stadium seating) that is being created and manicured, specifically for event.  The final rounds on the evening of Tuesday, May 15th will be televised in primetime on Golf Channel, creating the fourth nationally televised professional golf event in Arizona for 2018 (following the LPGA, Champions Tour and PGA Tour, respectfully) and marking the first ever nationally televised World Long Drive Tour stop occurring in Arizona.
“I think most people have seen bits and pieces or heard of the World Long Drive events through the years, but with Golf Channel coverage and the Ak-Chin Indian Community’s support, this will truly be a spectacle in the desert in May,” said Brady Wilson, General Manager of Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club.  “As cool as this event is to watch on television, I encourage everyone to come down and experience the event in person.  It truly is the Home Run Derby or Dunk Contest of Golf and it is an incredible amount of fun.”
The event will feature a 32-man field competing in the Open Division based on World Long Drive rankings, along with a Women’s Division field of 16 competitors. Qualifying rounds will narrow the field to eight men and four women advancing to take part in the televised portion of the competition on Golf Channel. As part of the WLDA tour event festivities, there will be two-days of open qualifying on May 11-12 for a chance of earning a spot in the field at the 2018 Volvik World Long Drive Championship in September. Meaning, if you hit it far and want to drop down a $40 entry, you too can get your shot at qualifying.
In addition, a World Long Drive Pro-Am will be held on Tuesday, May 15 at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club where select guests will be invited to play alongside the WLD Tour professionals and have an up close view of what a 400+ yard drive looks and sounds like.  Those interested in playing and participating in the Pro-Am are encouraged to contact Ak-Chin Southern Dunes, as only a select few spots for the event are available for purchase.
“The Ak-Chin Indian Community is excited to partner with Golf Channel to bring World Long Drive and the first nationally televised sporting event to Maricopa, Arizona,” said Ak-Chin Tribal Chairman Robert Miguel. “We think this event will bring people to our Community where they can enjoy our local entertainment options, including Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle and Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club.” 
The Ak-Chin Indian Community is located adjacent to Maricopa, Ariz., a half hour from Phoenix-Sky Harbor Airport. Enterprises that make up the Ak-Chin Indian Community destination include Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, Ultra Star Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle and the Troon Golf-managed Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club. Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club is ranked as one of the Top 100 courses in the country by Golfweek and Golf Magazine. 
 Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino is undergoing a multimillion dollar transformation and expansion project including a new hotel tower, casino floor expansion and parking garage. The new hotel tower is slated to be completed in advance of the 2018 event.
“The creation of this new event in partnership with the Ak-Chin Indian Community will allow the World Long Drive Association to expand its television presence in 2018 by showcasing some of golf’s most dynamic athletes and personalities competing from an exciting venue in the heart of one of the game’s most prized golf destinations,” said Phil Piazza, Golf Channel senior vice president of programming.
The World Long Drive Association is an organization that brings together golf’s longest hitters from around the globe. Emerging as one of golf’s most popular grass roots competitions, sanctioned Long Drive events are open to amateur and professional golfers. With an Open Division, Women’s Division and Masters Division (Ages 5+), the sport appeals to golfers of all ages. The 2018 WLDA season consists of ten sanctioned events, five of which will be televised on the Golf Channel. The Ak-Chin Smash in the Sun will be the second event in 2018 to be televised nationally on  Golf Channel. The season culminates September 1-5 for the Volvik World Long Drive Championship at WinStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
“World Long Drive has quickly emerged as an exciting spectacle in our sport, with record viewership in 2017 driven by a younger audience gravitating toward the dramatic storylines and personalities playing out live in primetime,” said Molly Solomon, executive vice president, content, Golf Channel. “In two years, the number of televised Long Drive events has increased from one in 2016 to now half of the schedule in 2018. It’s a testament to the men and women making an impact on the growth of this sport, bringing a whole new appreciation to hitting it long.”
 
For more information on the Ak-Chin Smash in the Sun, visit http://www.akchinsoutherndunes.com/WLD/.