Sport

Golfer Moylan keen for world titles

Professional long drive hitter Brendan Moylan
Professional long drive hitter Brendan Moylan

WITH a club speed of 240km/h and the ball clocking upwards of 300km/h, it's little wonder that Valley local Brendan Moylan can break a piece of wood with a golf ball.

Moylan, who demonstrated the feat at the recent Yamba Pro Am, is in full preparation for the upcoming World Long Drive Championship in Mesquite, Nevada.

He'll come up against some of the biggest names in the world, with Jason Zuback, Joe Miller and Jamie Sadlowski all part of the 140-strong field.

"I went pretty well throughout the year," Moylan said.

"I was leading the comp for most of the year and actually qualified first for the final round."

The top six ranked long drivers enter the final round which is played in a head-to-head format.

"I hit the ball 368 metres in the semi but ended up being beaten by 50 centimetres," Moylan said.

"There was a bit of headwind which slowed the ball a bit but that's just how it played out on the day."

With the World Championships being played in Nevada, Moylan believes the conditions will favour him and the other Australian entries.

"In Australia we play on golf courses and driving ranges which aren't too much above sea level," Moylan said.

"The majority of golf courses and ranges are watered and maintained more for golf than anything so it reduces the amount of bounce."

On the other hand, Mesquite is located just outside Las Vegas in the middle of the desert approximately 600 metres above level.

"Due to its location the ball should travel further," Moylan continued.

"There's less air resistance on the ball, and the ground is much more firm and drier which should allow more bounce."

Moylan made special mention of businesses across the Clarence Valley for their support, including East Coast Restorations who have helped fund the trip.

"They're based at Towns End and have really supported me for this trip," Moylan said.

"I really appreciate the support they give me and hopefully I'll go well over there."

Going on form alone, Moylan should feature in the later stages of the competition which he begins on October 20.




Flood of votes to decide Valley's best builder

Builder handyman with construction tools. House renovation background.

The Clarence has spoken - who is the number one builder?

Alleged thieves go from sugar high to police custody

Police generic, crime scene.  Photo Tessa Mapstone / South Burnett Times

Chocolates, soft drink, ice cream stolen from pony club canteen

Latest deals and offers

Zoe takes Dave to Edinburgh for Oscars of comedy

FRUITY: Former Graftonian Zoe Coombs Marr is nominated for a prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Festival Award for her show Trigger Warning starring her alter ego Dave.

Grafton's Zoe Coombs Marr nominated for Edinburgh Comedy Award

Kirk Douglas is defiant, fierce and still standing

VETERAN ACTOR: Kirk Douglas has had a long and varied career.

Kirk Douglas has out-lived almost all his contemporaries

The Hard Word reviews Kyzer Soze

Kyzer Soze are playing Brisbane tomorrow at the Crowbar in Fortitude Valley. Photo Contributed

Kyzer Soze summon the evil for this mighty slab of death metal

Britney Spears 'almost drowned' in Hawaii

Britney Spears has revealed she 'almost drowned' while on holiday

Doco reveals real story behind Black Hawk Down

Former Black Hawk pilot Mike Durant shares his story, which helped to inspire the movie Black Hawk Down, in the TV series No Man Left Behind.

FORMER pilot recounts ordeal which inspired a Hollywood movie.

What's on the big screen this week

Toby Kebbell and Jack Huston in a scene from the movie Ben-Hur.

AN OLD classic returns to the big screen with a new young star.

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m

Guess which Sunshine Coast suburb cracked the million dollar list?

This four-bedroom home at 26 McAnally Dr, Sunshine Beach was for sale for $7 million.

List of Australia's five most-expensive suburbs

Does it get any better than this? Check out this $2M home

LUXURY LIVING: The Coral Cove home built by Steve Coates Constructions that took out the best home over $2 million and the Wide Bay Burnett House of the Year at the Master Builders Wide Bay Burnett Housing and Construction Awards.

Wide Bay's best home is right on our doorstep