Burke Landed Drives of 403, 401 in Quarterfinals, Semifinals to Propel Himself into Championship Match
(THACKERVILLE, Okla.) – Tim Burke (Orlando, Fla.) grabbed his second World Long Drive Championship in three years under the lights and in primetime, capitalizing on drives of more than 400 yards to earn the $150,000 first place prize and reclaim the coveted Championship belt he first won in 2013.
Starting his night with a 401 yard strike in the quarterfinals match against Justin Young (Mount Airy, N.C.), Burke carried the momentum into the semifinals where he hit a 403 yard blast, bettering Will Hogue (Collierville, Tenn.) to advance to the Championship match. He notched a 394 yard drive to cap off his night, which was enough to outlast Jeremy Easterly (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) to win the title.
Burke came into the 2015 World Long Drive Championship eager to erase a disappointing showing in the 2014 competition, where he failed to hit the driving grid and was unable defend his title.
“I was definitely hungry to get [win] No. 2 after last year,” said Burke. “I just worked really hard this year, I feel blessed and I’m just going to keep it rolling. I’m in an elite club [of multiple winners] and I’d like to get Nos. 3, 4 and 5.”
Championship Match Results:
(1) Tim Burke def. (10) Jeremy Easterly (394-386)
(1) Tim Burke def. (2) Will Hogue (403-390)
(10) Jeremy Easterly def. (1) Jamie Sadlowski (380-OB)
(1) Tim Burke def. (7) Justin Young (401-386)
(2) Will Hogue def. (4) Jason Eslinger (404-390)
(10) Jeremy Easterly def. (8) Jeff Gavin (377-353)
(1) Jamie Sadlowski def. (2) Jeff Crittenden (402-390)