The finals of the International Long Drive Championships at Los Mangos Golf Club were held today in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Play began with the women's division finals and 2013 ILDC and Remax world champion Heather LeMaster (USA) looked solid all day and won the women's championships over Fareen Samji (CAN) by 8 yards. LeMaster has now won this title for 3 straight years and claimed $1,900 for her victory.
In the senior division it was the battle of the Americans and Brian Lawler defeated Bobby Petersen after a neck and neck battle all week. Due to the double elimination format Petersen had to defeat Lawler twice in the finals . Petersen won the first final to force a second one and Lawler prevailed to win the senior division and $1,900.
The headwind continued gusting for the Open division and Chris Mason of Canada defeated Kevin Shook of the US in the finals . Shook defeated Mason in the first final however after 5 more out of bounds in the second set, Mason won on his 6th ball to claim his first ever ILDC Championship and collect $3,500.
Team play ended the day with the hometown favorites Team DR advancing to the quarter finals before they got eliminated by Team USA 1. In an interesting turn of events Team USA 1 lost to Team International 2 in the semi finals. Team USA 1 consisted of:
International 2 then proceeded to the finals and defeated Team Canada 4 to win the team event . Each member of the winning team receives $1000 for the win. Team International was created by random draw :
Carlos Abott ( DR )
Jake Hansen ( USA )
Niilo Schonfeld ( CAN )
Liezl Diffenthal ( SA )
Brian Lawler ( USA)
Team Canada 4