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Midwest Long Drive Classic comes to Grand Island
Conditions were perfect for the longest of the long drive hitters Sunday at Indianhead Golf Course in Grand Island.
News 5's Kyle Thomas reports that the competitors at the Midwest Long Drive Classic were among the nation's heavy hitters.
The ping of a club hitting a golf ball at speed is unmistakable and Sunday afternoon at the Midwest long drive classic the ping was just a little bit louder than normal.
Long drivers from across the nation competed at Indianhead golf club in what Brian Walker calls an adrenaline driven sport.
"The thing is, this is an extreme sport, it's an adrenaline rush and as a competitor we get jazzed when the crowd really gets into it. When you hit a big ball like that you can't help but get the adrenaline going," said Walker.
And the adrenaline keeps these long drivers consistently over 350 yards with the longer drives traveling as far as 430 yards. It's something only one competitor was able to accomplish Sunday as David Mobley bombed one at 435, but was able to sustain that distance through the finals.
"One of the things that's the hardest thing to do in our sport is to hit a big ball then follow it up with another big ball. I've been doing this for over twenty years and I've learned to keep pushing the grid, keep, keep pushing the grid and to never be proud of a ball or never be satisfied with a ball, I should say," said David Mobley.
The competitors fought it out in the heat with Austin Kinkaid coming out on top beating Mobley in the finals hitting a ball 399 yards - a relatively average drive for long drive standards, but good enough to beat me over probably two shots.
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