Global Long Drive competition locked in for Port Douglas in December

November 28, 2022

Australia is set to take on New Zealand in Golf’s ultimate Long Drive competition as a part of the Drummond Golf Survivor Series Grand Final in Port Douglas on Friday December 2nd at Mirage Country Club.

The Survivor Golf Series Grand Final weekend encourages locals to come and join the festivities with the Xtreme Drivers League (XDL) – Global Infinity Series Long Drive Competition on Friday night (December 2, 2022) on Hole 1 of the Mirage Country Club in Port Douglas from 5pm.

Entry is free and there will be a huge grandstand setup, live DJ, food and drinks as the famous Aussie Long Ballers take on the New Zealand Long Blacks in the XDL Trans Tasman Clash. The evening will also see a celebrity long drive competition with some local and interstate celebs stepping up to hit some bombs.

Aussie contestant and local Cairns Long Driver Paul Mews is hoping to bring home the crown for Australia in the inaugural Trans Tasman Clash.

“This is super exciting to be bringing the XDL to Australia and to have it here in my home town is going to be amazing. I am really pumped to be bringing this amazing sport to the fans in Far North Queensland,” Mews said.

“The Kiwi’s are renowned for hitting some big drives but we have a solid roster of Aussie Long Ballers and I’m confident we can do it for the home crowd on Friday December 2nd at Mirage Country Club.

“So if you’re around make sure you head to the 1st tee at 5pm, bring the family, bring your mates because it’s going to be a pretty epic night of lang ball hitting!” Mews added.

The newly established Xtreme Drivers League (XDL) is set to position the sport of Long Drive as a subcategory of golf in effort to provide athletes, events, and sponsors of the game with a more defined brand, along with an opportunity to introduce the sport to the Olympic Games.

With 26 events successfully completed in five countries, two national teams established, and the largest prize purse paid in the history of Long Drive, CEO & President Olna Ford has taken the sport to a new and exciting level.

“Since its inception, the sport of Long Drive has been deeply intertwined with the game of golf,” Ford said.

“Still, there are many nuances that set it apart as a new and exciting, high performance sport. “It’s time to not only recognize the differences of Long Drive and celebrate our sport’s unique history, but also look to the future and create opportunities to broaden the reach of the sport and the exposure for our athletes who deserve every opportunity to compete in and showcase the sport they are so passionate about.” 

“We are excited about the future of Long Drive, and super keen to get over to Australia on December 2nd and put on a huge show for the fans. 

Ford has established the Xtreme Drivers League (XDL) which is poised to become a global tour series with qualifying events taking place in partnering countries including the United States and the World Tour Championship to be hosted in the Middle East.

The 2022 Drummond Golf Survivor Series Grand Final weekend kicks off on Friday December 2nd at the Mirage Country Club and concludes on Sunday December 4 for the Survivor Golf final, all welcome.

2022 XDL – Global Infinity Series – Trans Tasman Clash lineup

Aussie Long Ballers 

* Steffan Scutti (Captain – 2019 Australian Champion, Asia Long Drive Champion) 

* Paul Mews (First Australian Competitor to compete in New Zealand XDL South Island events and known for his epic swing speed) 

* Jason Atkins (First Aussie Long Baller & Veteran to the sport) 

* Karl Peters (First XDL Australian Champion) 

* Iain Dick (Previous New Zealand Long Black and first NZ South Island Champion) 

New Zealand Long Blacks 

* Paul West (Captain and 2 x NZ Masters Champion 21 & 22) 

* George Wardell (Current South Island and New Zealand XDL Champion) 

* Alex Lunn (Veteran to the sport & 2018 NZ South Island Champion) 

*  Nick Hanna (2 x NZ North Island Champion)

* Sam Jones (First XDL New Zealand Champion & first New Zealand Long Black) 

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