LET IT RIP: Mark Bylsma unleashes another big drive. This one off the 9th tee at Bonville Golf Resort.
LET IT RIP: Mark Bylsma unleashes another big drive. This one off the 9th tee at Bonville Golf Resort. Bruce Thomas

Longdrive champ puts on a show

THE par-four ninth hole at Bonville Golf Resort usually requires a short wedge for a second shot but a small chip over the greenside bunker? That’s ridiculous.

That’s the way three-time Australian longdrive champion Mark Bylsma played the hole yesterday and the club’s general manager Brad Daymond admitted that he was in awe of the 36-year-old’s power.

“I’ve been at Bonville for 18 years and he’s hitting the ball to places on the course I never imagined anyone could off the tee,” Daymond said.

“I hit my drives about 260 metres and I’ve never seen anyone hit a ball that is just reaching its zenith as it passes mine.”

Exactly how far does the two handicapper at Cumberland hit the ball?

“On a good day with the right conditions I average about 350 metres on the full,” the six foot six inch giant said.

Using a Piranha driver with a 5.5 degree loft, Bylsma tees the ball up nice and high like former tour player Jumbo Ozaki and then he lets rip with a swing speed that has been measured at over 240km per hour.

The next challenge for the quick-witted right hander is the world championships where he rates himself a strong chance of recording a great result.

“I recently beat a bloke who was ranked number 12 in the world so I know I’m right up there,” he said.

I’ve been at Bonville for 18 years and he’s hitting the ball to places on the course I never imagined anyone could off the tee



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