Big Shots returning in August

A competitor reaches back and prepares to strike a golf ball with extreme force during last year’s Tennessee Big Shots event at the Cattails at MeadowView Golf Course. The event, which benefits Niswonger Children’s Hospital, will return to Kingsport in August.

Following the success of last year’s event, the World Long Drive Association is returning to Cattails at MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport for the Tennessee Big Shots benefiting Niswonger Children’s Hospital, which will air live on the Golf Channel.

The long-drive golf event will take place Saturday-Monday, Aug. 10-12 and feature a Men’s Division and Women’s Division. The qualifying rounds will occur Aug. 10-11, with the finals on Aug. 12 broadcast live on the Golf Channel beginning at 6 p.m.

Tennessee Big Shots is part of the Niswonger Children’s Hospital Classic, a signature golf tournament that attracts top players each year from the PGA, LPGA and PGA Champions tours.

Last year, the free event attracted a standing-room-only crowd of an estimated 2,000 people. More than 100,000 others watched it live on Golf Channel in 66 different countries.

Reigning Tennessee Big Shots Open Division champion Justin James described it as the “best crowd” of last year’s tour.

Those attending this year’s event can expect expanded viewing options, as well as food trucks, beverages and vendors in the Fan Experience Zone presented by Delta Dental of Tennessee.

Tennessee Big Shots will feature drives over 100 yards farther than the competitors’ LPGA and PGA Tour counterparts. This will be World Long Drive’s final tour stop of 2019 before the season-culminating Volvik World Long Drive Championship, Aug. 30-Sept. 4 in Thackerville, Okla.

The competition will include 54 men based on World Long Drive rankings, along with up to 18 women. Preliminary rounds will narrow the field down to eight men and four women who will participate in the live broadcast Aug. 12 on Golf Channel.

The event benefits Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

“Niswonger Children’s Hospital is committed to offering the highest quality of care to children and teens, and that’s why we’re so passionate about Tennessee Big Shots and the Niswonger Classic. This event directly benefits the children’s hospital, and in turn, helps the children and families it serves,” said Lisa Carter, chief executive officer of Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

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