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Bust out the big stick; Long Drive Championship qualifier open to public

Golfers have long lived by the adage, “Drive for show, but putt for dough.”

Well, don’t tell that to the big boppers who’ll visit Lake Tahoe Golf Course late Saturday afternoon. For the first time local qualification for the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship will take place in South Lake Tahoe, and a total purse of $275,000 – the largest in long drive history – is within reach for anyone who can advance to the finals Oct. 18-21 in Mesquite, Nev.

Obviously, Lake Tahoe Golf Course is thrilled to host the event.

“We don’t know what to expect. It should be exciting to watch,” said LTGC head pro Mike Durst.

The launching starts at 4 p.m. on LTGC’s first hole.

“We have a 400-yard runway on the first hole, so we’ll see if that’s enough,” Durst said.

The public is invited to enter one of three divisions: open, senior and women. The cost varies between $20 and $30 per try (six balls). Each competitor may enter as often as time permits. Based on the number of paid attempts, up to six competitors in each division may advance to the district competition.

The finals will be televised by Fox Sports Net on Christmas Day.

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