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"Tennessee Big Shots" airs Monday (Aug. 12) at 6 p.m. ET

World Long Drive stages its fifth and final tour event of the season with the Tennessee Big Shots benefiting Niswonger Children’s Hospital, airing live on Monday, Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. ET on GOLF Channel.

Being staged from Cattails at Meadowview Golf Course in Kingsport, Tenn., the second-year event will consist of preliminary rounds of competition on Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 10-11, narrowing the field to eight men (Open Division) and four women advancing to take part in Monday’s live telecast.

EVENT TO INCORPORATE “PLAY YELLOW” CAMPAIGN: In support of Niswonger Children’s Hospital – which is the only children’s hospital in the Appalachian Highlands region – the Tennessee Big Shots will adopt the “Play Yellow” campaign, with unique integrations being incorporated into the live telecast. First introduced by World Golf Hall of Fame member Jack Nicklaus in March, “Play Yellow” was established as a way for the golf community to provide support and fundraising efforts for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, of which Niswonger Children’s Hospital is a member.

A “Play Yellow Zone” will feature designated areas in the competition grid that will be painted yellow (380-400 yards: Open Division; 300-320 yards: Women’s Division), with a cumulative donation being presented to Niswonger Children’s Hospital for each drive coming to rest within those zones (ex: a 386-yard drive would equate to a $386 donation) in the name of the campaign. Other planned activations include Niswonger patient interaction on the hitting platform, along with yellow “thunder sticks” for those in attendance at the event.

“Niswonger Children’s Hospital serves more than 200,000 children in four states, and we are committed to improving the health of the families in our region,” said Lisa Carter, chief executive officer of Niswonger Children’s Hospital. “We are excited about our partnership with World Long Drive and what it means for our children’s hospital and community. Tennessee Big Shots benefiting Niswonger Children’s Hospital is an incredible event, and we are so thankful to all the fans and competitors for their support, and for making a difference in the lives of so many children in this region.”

FIELD OF COMPETITORS: The Open Division at the Tennessee Big Shots will be led by the new No. 1 ranked hitter in the world, Kyle Berkshire (Orlando, Fla.), who will be joined by defending world champion Maurice Allen (Pine Hills, Fla.), and two-time world champion Tim Burke (Orlando, Fla.), who has won two of the first four tour events in 2019. The Women’s Division will feature No. 1 ranked Phillis Meti (Auckland, New Zealand), the three-time (and defending) world champion, and winner of three of the first four tour events in 2019.

The Tennessee Big Shots benefiting Niswonger Children’s Hospital concludes the summer stretch of the World Long Drive season, which will lead into the 44th World Long Drive Championship, airing Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept. 3-4 in primetime under the lights live on GOLF Channel. The season-culminating event will feature the coveted world championship title belt, which will be on the line for the winner of the Open, Women’s and Masters (age 45+) Divisions. Presenting golf at its farthest, loudest, most-athletic and adrenaline-filled extreme, World Long Drive dates back to 1976, and brings together golf’s longest hitters from around the world.

TENNESSEE BIG SHOTS COMPETITION SCHEDULE (All Times EST):

Saturday, Aug. 10

Open Division – Preliminary Round

8 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

 

 

Sunday, Aug. 11

Open Division – Round of 32

8-11:15 a.m.

 

Open Division – Round of 16

12:30-2 p.m.

 

 

 

Monday, Aug. 12

Women’s Division – Preliminary Rounds

10 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

 

LIVE TELECAST (Open/Women’s Divisions)

6-8 p.m.

 

COVERAGE & BROADCAST TEAM: World Long Drive events airing on GOLF Channel utilize six dedicated cameras, capturing all angles from the hitting platform and the landing grid, including a SuperMo camera as well as two crane cameras that track the ball in flight once it leaves the hitter’s clubface. Telecasts also feature a custom graphics package suited to the exorbitant swing data typically generated by hitters, tracking club speed, ball speed and apex in real-time via Trackman. Trackman technology also provides viewers with a sense of ball flight, tracing the arc of each drive from the moment of impact.

Veteran sports broadcaster Jonathan Coachman will call play-by-play and be joined by Art Sellinger – World Long Drive pioneer and two-time world champion (1986. ’91), who will provide analysis. GOLF Channel’s Jerry Foltz will serve as a reporter, offering insight from the teeing platform and conducting interviews with hitters taking part in the competition.

DIGITAL & SOCIAL MEDIA COVERAGE: Fans can stay connected to the action surrounding World Long Drive by following @WorldLongDrive and @GOLFChannel on social media. GOLF Channel social media host Alexandra O’Laughlin also will be on-site contributing to the social conversation, and the live telecast will integrate social media-generated content via the hashtag, #WorldLongDrive. In addition to the latest video and highlights from on-site, WorldLongDrive.com will feature expanded editorial coverage and real-time scoring for the duration of the event. GOLF Channel Digital also will feature content leading up to and immediately following the event telecast.

2019 WORLD LONG DRIVE – TOUR EVENT SCHEDULE:

DATE

EVENT

LOCATION

WINNERS

April 13-16

Ak-Chin Smash in the Sun

Maricopa, Ariz.

Phillis Meti, Tim Burke

May 5-7

Exchange Celebrating Service: Fort Jackson

Fort Jackson, S.C.

Chloe Garner, Ryan Steenberg, Mikael Dubois

June 3-5

Atlantic City Boardwalk Bash

Atlantic City, N.J.

Phillis Meti, Tim Burke

July 20-24

ROC City Rumble

Rochester, N.Y.

Phillis Meti, Kyle Berkshire

Aug. 10-12

Tennessee Big Shots benefitting Niswonger Children’s Hospital

Kingsport, Tenn.

TBD

Aug. 30-Sept 4

44th World Long Drive Championship

Texas/Oklahoma Border

TBD