ORLANDO, FLA (Aug. 26, 2014)—City of Mesquite is proud to announce that Golf Channel will showcase the Mesquite NV ParaLong Drive Worlds with player features, highlights and a live interview with the winner on the World Championship Grid at the Mesquite Sports & Event Complex. While Morning Drive and Golf Central programs will air feature stories on the athletes on Oct. 14 & 15, a Golf Channel reporter will be live in Mesquite on Friday, Oct. 17.
The ParaLong Drive Worlds features disabled golfers from 10 countries with champions crowned in Overall, leg amputee, multiple amputee, one-arm, paramobile-paralyzed, wounded soldier and women’s divisions. Jared Brentz, a double-leg amputee from Nashville, Tenn., is the defending overall champion after stroking a 409-yard drive on May 9 at the Mesquite NV ParaLong Drive Nationals.
“The opportunity to showcase the men and women of the ParaLong Drive adds another element to Golf Channel’s themed Long Drive Month in October, with more compelling stories and exciting competition,” said Adam Hertzog, Golf Channel’s VP News and Studio Productions.
This will be the third different event that has brought Golf Channel to Mesquite. In addition to the ParaLong Drive, Golf Channel is in its second year of covering the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship Week (Sept. 20-27), which will air as part of three specials during October. The first time was in 2007 when Golf Channel filmed “Big Break Mesquite” at the Falcon Ridge Golf Course.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to have Golf Channel back in Mesquite at the Home of Long Drive and to highlight the amazing stories of our ParaLong Drivers,” said Bryan Dangerfield, Director of the Mesquite NV ParaLong Drive Local Organizing Committee. “Our athletes are thrilled with competing on the World Championship Grid and the idea of reaching out and inspiring others with disabilities to stay positive, active and to hone their golf skills.”
The first player feature will air on Tuesday, Oct. 14 and the second on Wednesday, Oct. 15 on the popular Morning Drive and Golf Central programs. Golf Central will report live on Friday, Oct. 17 and a highlight segment will appear on the Morning Drive on Monday, Oct. 20. Highlights will be posted on GolfChannel.com.
The Mesquite NV ParaLong Drive Worlds is produced by the Mesquite Local Organizing Committee and presented by the Eureka Casino Resort, Golf Mesquite Nevada and Mesquite Regional Business. Mesquite hosted the first ParaLong Drive event on Oct. 29, 2013 and the Nationals on May 9, 2014 at the Mesquite Sports & Event Complex.
For more ParaLong Drive information including event schedules, player bio cards, videos and results are posted at www.ParaLongDrive.org and on Facebook “Mesquite NV ParaLong Drive.”