TOP OF THE WORLD
WINTHER, LASTOWKA TAKE TITLES AT 2012 RE/MAX WLDC
MESQUITE, NEVADA (October 25, 2012) – Ryan Winther and Eric Lastowka today reached the pinnacle of power golf by winning the 2012 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship Powered By Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Winther, from Sacramento,CA., took the Open Division title with a 343 yard drive to win over Tim Burke of Washington, DC in a head-to-head showdown at Mesquite Sports and Event Complex.
Cool conditions and steady head wind of 15-20 mph proved to be a great test for all of the finalist.
Winther earned $150,000 and bragging rights as the longest hitter on the planet. Tim Burke earned $70,000 for his efforts
Earlier, Eric Lastowka, who hails from Hanover, Mass., took the Senior Division title and its $50,000 first prize. Lastowka defeated hall of famer, Frank Miller of Laguna CA. 387-369.
Relive the action anytime on ESPN3 and don’t miss the 2012 RE/MAX WLDC will premiere ESPN, December 23, 2012 at 2:30PM ET and again on ESPN2 on December 30,2012 at 2:00PM ET
2012 RE/MAX WLDC OFFICIAL RESULTS:
Open Division Final:
Ryan Winther v Tim Burke 343 - 335
Open Division Semifinals:
Ryan Winther v Landon Gentry 366-355
Tim Burke v Jamie Sadlowski 354-339
Open Division Quarterfinals:
- Ryan Winther – 393
- Jamie Sadlowski – 389
- Tim Burke – 385
- Landon Gentry – 379
- Joshua Crews – 375
- Justin Young – 355
- Ryan Cooper – 350
- Tom Peppard - 349
Senior Division Semifinals:
Frank Miller v George Slupski 340 – OB
Eric Lastowska v Eric Houballah 355 - 315
Senior Division Final:
Eric Lastowka v Frank Miller - 355-349
AND THEN THERE WERE EIGHT…
QUARTERFINALISTS SET IN OPEN DIVISION; SENIOR SEMIFINALS LAUNCH THURSDAY’S FINALE
MESQUITE, NEVADA (October 24, 2012) – Eight Open Division competitors, including recent 2012 LDA Tour Championship winner Tim Burke, remain in the race for power golf’s top prize at the 2012 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship Powered By Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Advancing along with Burke to Thursday afternoon’s Open Division quarterfinals at Mesquite Sports and Event Complex are two-time RE/MAX world champion Jamie Sadlowski and 2011 LDA Tour leading money winner Landon Gentry.
Rounding out the Open Division quarterfinals are: Josh Crews, Ryan Winther, Justin Young, Ryan Cooper and Tom Peppard.
Each is seeking a $150,000 first prize, RE/MAX WLDC crystal trophy and bragging rights as the longest golfer on the planet.
Thursday’s championship card begins with the Senior Division semifinals. The first match, a battle of former RE/MAX world champions, pits 2012 LDA Hall of Fame inductee Frank Miller, the fourth seed, against top-seeded George Slupski.
Miller won the RE/MAX Senior Division title in 2007; Slupski followed suit in 2010.
In the second Senior Division semifinal, second-seeded Eric Houballah of France faces third-seeded Eric Lastowka. Each is seeking his first RE/MAX world title and looking to become the first Eric to capture the RE/MAX senior title since Eric Jones in 2003.
Live coverage from Mesquite will air on ESPN3.com beginning at 5pm Eastern, 4pm Central, 3pm Mountain and 2pm Pacific.
RE/MAX WLDC OPEN DIVISION QUARTERFINALISTS:
(Residence, qualifying distance, driver head and shaft)
Tim Burke - Washington, DC – 430 yards
Krank / Fujikura
Josh Crews - Willis, Tex. – 400 yards, 19"
Geek / HOF
Ryan Cooper - Lynnwood, Wash. – 405 yards
Geek / HOF
Landon Gentry - Jacksonville, Fla. – 400 yards, 20"
Krank / HOF
Tom Peppard - Canton, Ohio – 400 yards, 27"
Acropolis Ares / Black ops
Jamie Sadlowski - St. Paul, Alberta – 400 yards, 12"
Adams / HOF
Ryan Winther - Sacramento, Calif. - 397 yards
Krank / HOF
Justin Young - Mount Airy, N.Car. – 406 yards
Geek / HOF
RE/MAX WLDC SENIOR DIVISION SEMIFINALISTS
(residence, qualifying distance)
Eric Houballah - Rennes, France – 409 yards
Eric Lastowka - Hanover, Mass – 403 yards
Frank Miller - Laguna Beach, CA – 392 yards
George Slupski - Boynton Beach, FL – 423 yards
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Steve Wiley (817) 205-6312
Only 32 competitors remain from the original 128 on the quest to become the RE/MAX World Long Drive Champion.
This talented international field is composed of past champions like Mike Dobbyn, Jamie Sadlowski and Joe Miller. LDA Tour winners like Tim Burke and Mick Yelovich. Hall of Fame members Brian Pavlet and Jason Zuback as well as a few newcomers such as Cameron Swanson and Graden Kirksey.
With slight tail winds all week 400 yards is common place and often not enough to even advance. These player will have bring their best to advance to the TV rounds on Thursday.
Watch the finals LIVE on ESPN3 October 25, 2012 at 2PM Pacific Time when the top eight open and top four seniors take the stage to find out who is the longest in the world.
RE/MAX CROWNS QUARTET OF LONG DRIVE WORLD CHAMPIONS
CARLBORG, BRINKER, CRUTCHFIELD, JONES
WIN AT POWER GOLF’S PREMIER EVENT
MESQUITE, NEVADA (October 18, 2012) – Swedish long drive star Sandra Carlborg earned her second straight RE/MAX world title with a record-setting 339-yard blast today at the 2012 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship Powered By Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Joining Carlborg on the podium at Mesquite Sports and Event Complex were: David Brinker in the Legends (60+) Division; Jack Crutchfield in the Grand Champions (55+) Division and Eric Jones in the Super Seniors (50+) Division.
Brinker, who resides in Creve Couer, Mo., posted a winning distance of 330 yards to secure his first world title.
Crutchfield, who hails from Brewton, Ala. smashed a drive of 354 yards to claim the RE/MAX trophy. It was his first world title, too. Jones, who lives in Orinda, Calif, drove 369 yards to claim his second RE/MAX world title. He won the Senior Division title in 2003.
Competition at the 2012 RE/MAX WLDC, the premier event in power golf, continues in Mesquite through Thursday, October 25, when ESPN3 will broadcast the finals of the Open Division and Senior Division beginning at 2:00pm Pacific time. Carl Wolter of Lehighton, Pa. is defending champion in the Open Division; David Mobley of Huntersville, N.C. is defending champion in the Senior Division.
The Open Division winner earns $150,000 and bragging rights as the longest golfer in the world. Live scoring from the tournament, which continues Friday with last-chance qualifying rounds in the Open and Senior Divisions, is available at http://www.longdrivers.com/remax-wldc/live-scoring
RE/MAX WLDC FINAL RESULTS:
Ladies Division: Sandra Carlborg 339; Troy Mullins 321; Heather Lemaster 316;
Legends: David Brinker def. Steve Clement, 330-314;
Grand Champions: Jack Crutchfield def. Gary Ramirez, 354-335;
Super Seniors: Eric Jones def. Mike Barbarossa, 369-366
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Steve Wiley 817-205-6312