As a spectator, the pumped-up, rock ‘n’ roll atmosphere of a World Long Drive competition is something to behold. But what if you were actually competing?
Just ask GolfNow partner Nate Clingersmith, head golf professional at Lora Bay in Ontario, Canada. Nate is riding high from winning the regional qualifier, “Bash for Cash”—recently staged in Canada, less than 20 minutes from Niagara Falls—and earning an exemption into the Volvik World Long Drive Championship finals in early September at the Winstar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla.
Success at the “Bash” didn’t come easy, as Nate was down to his final ball during two of the event’s five rounds. But in the final round, he crushed a 391-yard drive to better two-time World Long Drive champion Carl Wolter and one other competitor to advance to Oklahoma.
Nate’s been competing in long drive events for the past five years—narrowly missing out on advancing by one spot two years running—but finally broke through in 2017.
“I’ve always watched on TV and wondered how I would stack up against the world’s best,” he said. “Being a club pro, I’m always on the other side, but now I’m one of the competitors and it’s exciting to finally find out how far this ride will go.”
Voted one of the top Canadian public courses by Score Golf magazine, Travel & Golf magazine and Fairways magazine, Lora Bay overlooks the city of Thornbury, Ontario, with gorgeous views of Georgian Bay.