Alex drives for the big time

Alex Robertson is making a name for himself on the world long driving scene.

The 25-year-old from Hartlepool made his mark with an impressive third place finish in the Under 45 category of the American Golf UK Long Drive Championship.

Robertson blasted a series of enormous drives – including one of 414 yards – to finish in the top three among the best long drivers Europe has to offer. He just failed to make it through to the final at Heythrop Park in one of the most hotly-contested semi-finals in the history of Long Drive events ever recorded.

With a win in the Long Drive European Tour event in Slovenia and a runners-up spot in Austria, Robertson arrived at Heythrop as one of the in-form players aiming for a place in the in the World Championships in the USA as well as the national title.

In the quarter-finals he produced drives of 406 and 404 yards to see off Max Armstrong. In the semi-finals he faced Dan Konyk – who went on to win the title – but it needed a massive 430-yard effort from the American with his final drive to knock out Robertson who opened with a 414-yard effort which looked like it might be enough until Konyk’s killer drive.

Robertson said: “I had an amazing week. Coming into the American Golf Long Drive event on the back of my first victory on the European Long Drive Tour gave me real confidence.

“The standard in the finals has been incredible. Everyone was consistently hitting over 400 yards and pushing each other to the next level.”

Robertson, who plays off a handicap of one and is a member at Wynyard Golf Club, added: “I’m a competitor on the Long Drive European Tour now and have finished second in Austria.

“Some of my fellow LDET players were in the final so I knew that the standard would be very high.”