Pre-Race BMS Party, Featuring Live Music, Also On Tap During Finals
World-class golfers will once again converge on Kingsport and Cattails at MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort and Convention Center for the Aug. 10-12 for the Tennessee Big Shots World Long Drive event.
Tennessee Big Shots, benefitting Niswonger Children’s Hospital, drew the largest crowd on the circuit last year. Open to the public with no admission charge, the Monday, Aug. 12 finals will be broadcast live on Golf Channel 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. The three-day event will feature a men’s and women’s division with qualifying rounds, which are also free to attend, slated for Aug. 10-11 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Last year, the World Long Drive crowd-pleaser attracted an estimated 2,000 fans. 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.
Tennessee Big Shots will feature drives 100-plus 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 of the finals.
After the men’s and women’s champions are crowned Aug. 12, the fun continues with the pre-race party for the August night race at Bristol Motor Speedway taking place from 6-10 p.m. Featuring live music from the Benny Wilson Band at 8 p.m., food trucks, libations, and special appearances will be part of the activities.
The Delta Dental Fan Experience Zone will be open Sunday, Aug. 11 at Cattails from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and will feature local vendors, golf brands, and activities for all ages, as well as food trucks, which will be there all three days. The Nine for Niswonger Scramble will take place at 2:30. Each hole will feature different challenges on the back nine of Cattails and also allows participants to swing away on “the grid” to see how they would stack up against the longest hitters in the world.
Also on Sunday is the Classic Kickoff Concert at 5 p.m., featuring Shovels & Rope, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and the Twang Bangers. Games and activities for the whole family, and putting and long drive contests, hosted by Golf Amplified, are also part of the Classic Kickoff. Tickets, which are $25 and $50, are available at the Kingsport Chamber, the pro shop at Cattails or can be purchased online.