LeMaster, O’Neal will attempt to set women’s long drive at elevation record during ACC tournament week
STATELINE — The American Century Championship will host a record-setting attempt on the first day of tournament week, Tuesday, July 19. ACC first-time participants Heather LeMaster and Blair O’Neal will attempt to establish a new Women’s Long Drive at Elevation record at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.
The long drive competition will take place Tuesday at 5 p.m. on Edgewood Tahoe’s first hole, in advance of the 27th annual celebrity golf tournament. It will be conducted under the direction of tournament director Michael Millthorpe.
LeMaster, the 2013 Women’s World Long Drive champion, presented the concept to the tournament. The former Sacramento State golfer finished second in the long drive competition in 2014 and 2015 after winning it three years ago in Mesquite, Nevada, with a 306-yard strike.
O’Neal is also making her tournament debut, as part of a record number of women in the ACC field. The Sports Illustrated model, Golf Channel host and former LPGA Symetra Tour player is a two-time NCAA long drive champion from her years at Arizona State — her longest drive in those competitions was 295 yards.
The ACC has consulted with the Guinness Book of World Records, and there is no category for long drives at an elevation above 6,000 feet — Lake Tahoe sits at 6,200 feet. As a result, the longest drive from the competition will be submitted for consideration to the Guinness Book of World Records in London, with evidence of authenticity.
The tournament’s other three women feature U.S. women’s soccer icon Abby Wambach and NHL on NBC host Kathryn Tappen — both first-time participants. Golf Channel Morning Drive host Lisa Cornwell will return to Edgewood Tahoe for a second straight summer after making her debut in 2015.
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