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Mesquite highlighted as Golf Channel designates October "Long Drive Month"

posted Oct 14, 2013, 2:37 PM by Aaron Baker   [ updated Mar 31, 2014, 12:46 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]
Long Drive month begins on the Golf Channel with four special broadcast premiers each Wednesday night at 6 p.m. (PST), starting Oct. 9. Much of the action will feature scenes of RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship competition at the Mesquite NV Sports & Event Complex.

“Showcasing the Stars and History of Long Drive” will tee off Long Drive month on the Golf Channel on Oct. 9, followed by “Road to the World Finals” on Oct. 16, “Showdown to the Final 8” on Oct. 23 and the live two-hour Open Finals on Oct. 30. In addition, for the first time on network TV, Long Drive highlights will be seen on NBC Sports at 1 p.m. (PDT), on Saturday, Dec. 28.

This year’s Long Drive competition, held a month earlier than in years past, brought over 400 competitors from around the world to Mesquite for this made-for-TV event. The first week of action, Sept. 18-21, crowned six new World Champions including Heather Le Master (Ladies), Rick Barry (Masters), Miguel Jamie (Legends), Bobby Wilson (Grand Champions) and Pat Dempsey (Super Senior) and Stephen Kennedy (Senior).

A fierce battle to claim the eight Open Division slots Sept. 23-27 culminated with a best of three series last Friday to see who will compete live on Oct. 30 for the World Championship and $250,000 prize. The “October Eight” are Tim Burke (Orlando, Fla.), Matt Hanger (Anaheim, Calif.), Patrick Hopper (Columbia, SC), Will Hogue (Collierville, Tenn.), Tyler Kellett (Phoenix, Ariz.), Aaron Mansfield (Washington, Pa.), 2010 World Champion Joe Miller (London, England) and two-time World Champion in 2008 and 2009 Jamie Sadlowski (St. Paul, Alberta, Canada).

In addition to the national and international television coverage, the Mesquite Athletics & Leisure Services department used Facebook to illustrate the event with behind the scenes photos, videos and posts about volunteer efforts, schedules and results during the Long Drive competition. Posts can be found about the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships and upcoming events on the Facebook page at “Mesquite NV Sports and Event Complex” and other information at www.MesquiteNV.gov.

Scheduled Broadcast Premier and Re-airings of the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships 2013

(All times Pacific, subject to change)

Show 1: Showcasing the Stars and History of Long Drive
• Wednesday, Oct. 09 @ 6:00 PM 
• Thursday, Oct. 10 @ 1:30 AM 
• Sunday, Oct. 13 @ 10:00 AM
• Monday, Oct. 14 @ 11:00 AM
• Thursday, Oct. 24 @ Noon

Show 2: Road to the World Finals
• Wednesday Oct 16 @ 6:00 PM
• Saturday, Oct. 19 11:00 PM
• Tuesday, Oct. 22 @ 2:00 AM
• Thursday, Oct. 24 @ 1:00 PM
• Sunday, Dec. 01 at 7:30 AM

Show 3: Showdown to the Final 8
• Wednesday, Oct. 23 @ 6:00 PM 
• Thursday, Oct. 24 @ 2:00 AM 
• Friday, Oct. 25 @ 2:00 PM 
• Saturday, Oct. 26 @ 10:00 PM
• Sunday, Dec. 01 @ 7:30 AM 

SHOW 4 - LIVE 2 HOUR OPEN FINALE
• Wednesday, Oct 30 @ 6:00 PM
• Thursday, Oct. 31 @ 1:00 AM 
• Saturday, Nov. 02 @ 9:30 PM
• Sunday, Dec. 01 @ 11:30 AM 
• Monday, Dec. 02 @ 1:00 PM

NBC Schedule
• Saturday, Dec. 28 @ 1 PM on NBC Sports

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