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