Long Bombs Hit At The GOLFTEC Long Drive Competition
By Ryan Gager
The Notah Begay III Junior Golf National Championships had a little extra juice this year as Charlie Woods was in attendance with dad, Tiger, on the bag. The annual tournament hosted by Notah Begay III at Koasati Pines Golf Club in Kinder, Louisiana was held the first two weeks of November and the competition will air on Golf Channel December 7th and 8th. GOLFTEC is proud to be a sponsor of this great event, running the long drive competition.
2023 Long Drive Championships
Let’s start by saying these kids can hit the ball a long way. We were in awe of some swings and drives we saw this year.
On the Boys side in 16-18 Age Division, Jake Birdwell hit the longest drive of the week at 350 yards to claim the title.
Congratulations also to: Pavel Tsar for winning the 14-15 Age Division with a drive of 321 yards, Finn Watson for winning the 12-13 Age Division with a drive of 318 yards, and Kaden Leivian for winning the 10-11 Age Division with a drive of 249 yards.
On the Girls side, we saw several drives come close to the 300 mark.
The longest drive of the week for the girls came from Ruihan (Kendria) Wang, who won the 12-13 Age Division with a drive of 292 yards.
Congratulations also to: Blayne Brown for winning the 14-15 Age Division with a drive of 280 yards, Hailey Holbdy for winning the 16-18 Age Division with a drive of 273 yards, and Hayden Knapp for winning the 10-11 Age Division with a drive of 238 yards.
Congratulations to the winners and all participants who competed in the GOLFTEC Long Drive Competition this year! It was our pleasure to once again be a sponsor of this great event. The drive and determination these kids show for this great game at such an early age is truly inspiring and we wish them nothing but the best in their future endeavors.