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Saturday 20 October 2018

Long-driving William aims for the worlds

Gorey property developer William Hunt-Tyrell has qualified for the final of the American Golf U.K. Long Drive Championship as top qualifier following a hugely impressive drive of 367 yards, or just over three times the length of the pitch at Wembley.

This achievement leaves William one step away from claiming the Over-45 U.K. and Ireland title he narrowly missed out on in 2017, along with a place in the World Championships in the U.S.

William (47), who is a member at Arklow Golf Club, was one of thousands of budding long drivers from all over Europe who entered the event run by nationwide golf retailer American Golf.

He won the first stage qualifying at his local American Golf store in March, progressing to regional qualifying where he sent out a 367-yard monster to secure number one seed in the final.

William now lines up against the best long drivers in Europe at Chester Racecourse on August 2, where he will be the guest of American Golf and tournament sponsor Callaway to do battle for the national title and the only U.K. Over-45 qualifying spot for the World Championships in Oklahoma.

After a strong start that he couldn't quite maintain at the 2017 final, William is keen to go one better this year.

'I'm delighted to have qualified for this year's final as it's the most sought after long drive title in Europe,' he said.

Gorey Guardian

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