Altogether, 15 international players will compete alongside one local wild-card player for the total winning purse of $20,000.
Run by International Golf Associates New Zealand (IGANZ), the Pacific Rim Long Drive will feature the likes of former world number one Maurice Allen, who is now ranked fourth, Troy Teal (20), Mitch Dobbyn (35), Anthony Thomas (39) and Tyler Barton (50), among other elite long-drive players.
Allen, who hails from Pine Hills in the US state of Florida, has attended two of the IGANZ invitational events and won both. He boasts a personal best drive of 488 yards.
Golf Cook Islands president Stuart Henry said they were excited to host world-renowned players such as Allen at the Rarotonga Golf Club course.
“Rarotonga Golf Club and Golf Cook Islands are proud to partner with IGANZ and Cook Islands Tourism Corporation to host the inaugural Pacific Rim Series Long Drive Event for men down at Nikao Rarotonga Golf Club this Saturday,” said Henry.
“The Long Drive events have taken off around the world with both men and women in junior and masters categories, attracting great social media followings.
“This event will be covered by the IGANZ TV crew via their media channels which will assist in promoting the Cook Islands as a holiday destination to viewers that otherwise may not have heard of the Cook Islands.
“This is the first of the three annual events and Golf Cook Islands hopes this may continue with the women and other categories.”
The Pacific Rim Long Drive will commence with a local long-drive event from 9am to 11am. The winner of this competition will join the international event as a wildcard. The international event will run from 12pm to 4.30pm.
“The players hit eight balls within three minutes and take the longest drive within the grid of 400 metres long by 45 metres wide as successful attempts,” explained Henry.
“Attempts that land outside the width of the marked grid are not counted, as well as those outside the three-minute time.”
“The international players will have five sets of eight balls and in each set, they are able to gain points (1st 200, 2nd 100, 3rd 50, 4th 25 points).
“The top eight players go into a match play-off quarter-finals, followed by a semifinal between the top four.
The remaining two will play off for first and second place and the losing semifinalists play off for the third and fourth places.”
Competing Players: Maurice Allen (Ranking 4), Troy Teal (20), Mitch Dobbyn (35), Anthony Thomas (39), Tyler Barton (50), Alex Robertson (66), Iain Dick (71), Chase Mckeown (84), Adam Taylor (100), Chris Andrews (113), Jason Atkins (100), Grieg Mooney (194), Steffan Scutti (194), Alex Lunn (194), Karl Peters, Rarotongan Wild Card.