NW long drivers compete at worlds

Updated: October 28, 2022

Martin Borgmeier of Germany won the 2022 PLDA World Long Drive Open Division Championship with a dramatic Monster Drive of 426 yards defeating Bryson DeChambeau who blasted a spectacular 406-yard drive of his own, in the two-man 6 ball Finals Shootout in Mesquite, Nevada on October 1st.  It was the first World Long Drive Title for Borgmeier.

Sunny skies, calm conditions and a well-maintained competition grid, provided a perfect setting, as both amazing athletes, with balls speeds between 215-220mph, produced sheer excitement and drama with a truly storybook ending.

Three of the top Pacific Northwest Hitters advanced, with Colton Casto winning his first-round group followed by winning his second round group. Casto moved on to the round 32 and then the round of 16 before finally being knocked out, but he had a great week with the 8th longest drive of 425 yards. 

Scott Littlefield also had a great week in Mesquite, as he advanced into the second round of 64 and had an impressive third place finish in his next round. He eventually finished in 21st place overall with his longest ball at 405 yards.

Jacob Hignite, a first-year Long Driver and winner of the PNW Regional at High Cedars GC, also hit well in his first-round group with a tie for second place. He advanced into the round of 64 before finally bowing out, but he had good week and taste of world class competition. David Waud, who finished 2nd at the PNW Regional, also competed in Mesquite for the first time, but was unable to advance after the opening round.