Events DC brings “long drive” event to the National Mall and Memorial parks in a unique made-for-TV show 

WASHINGTON, DC (Dec. 16, 2020) – Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for Washington, DC, has announced the dates for the first annual Capital Long Drive Classic, airing Dec. 17 at 11:00 am EST and Dec. 20 at 5:00 pm EST on Golf Channel.   

The event was hosted by Events DC and My Brother’s Birdies on October 24 in our nation’s capital with commentary provided by notable sportscaster, Chick Hernandez and World Long Drive competitor, Troy Mullins. The live event transformed West Potomac Park into a professional golf long drive “arena” for a first-ever exhibition of its kind on the National Mall and Memorial Parks area. 

The Capital Long Drive Classic featured eight top professional men’s and women’s long drivers, in a unique co-ed format showcasing racial and gender diversity.  

“With golf participation growing across the DC region, Events DC is excited to present first-of-its-kind Capital Long Drive Classic, a true example of identifying creative solutions to host and produce events safely in Washington, DC. This event allows us to reinforce DC as a sports capital to a national TV audience while also showcasing our city’s golf history and enthusiasts,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and chief executive officer of Events DC.

“We look forward to hosting this event annually in the heart of the District and highlighting not only the DC region as a golf destination but its local participating athletes and passionate youth community.” 

In partnership with My Brother’s Birdies, a DC-based non-profit organization, the event featured a youth clinic at East Potomac Park Golf Course, where the competitors introduced golf to children from underserved communities across the region.  

“We were excited to partner with Events DC to bring the first ever golf event to the National Mall. But most importantly, we were excited to create the opportunity for young golfers in the DC community to meet professional golfers from diverse backgrounds and who each had their own inspiring stories,” said Justin Harrison, founder and executive director of My Brother’s Birdies. “Hopefully, the Capital Long Drive Classic will inspire the kids in attendance to continue to play golf.” 

The Capital Long Drive Classic founding sponsors include Lexus, Volvik, PowerTee, and TaylorMade.  

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, public attendance was limited this year as all event elements followed strict health and safety protocols outlined by the Executive Office of the Mayor, DC Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).   

Participating competitors included: 

  • Women:  Shasta Averyhardt, Alexis Belton, Mary Driscoll, Cassandra Meyer 
  • Men: Maurice Allen, Tim Burke, Chris Hall, Josh Jackson  

For more details on the event, visit www.capitallongdriveclassic.com.

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