Meti drives home the winner

Tuesday June 11, 2019 Written by Published in Other Sports
Phillis Meti claimed the 2019 World Long Drive Atlantic City Boardwalk Bash a week ago. 19060701 Phillis Meti claimed the 2019 World Long Drive Atlantic City Boardwalk Bash a week ago. 19060701

Cook Islander Phillis Meti claimed the 2019 World Long Drive Atlantic City Boardwalk Bash a week ago, cementing her place as one of the leading female long drive golfers in the world.

 The 31-year-old won the women’s competition in the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bash with a 239-yard drive in the finals.

She defeated Cassandra Meyer, of Orlando, in the women’s final. The women’s competition started with 32 golfers.

Meti, who is the three-time World Long Drive champion, having won the annual title in 2006, 2016 and 2018, said she overcame tough conditions to win the Boardwalk Bash event.

“I am damn proud to be the 2019 World Long Drive Atlantic City Boardwalk Bash champion. The conditions were tough, there were new faces in the semifinals and all it took this time was to hit the grid,” Meti said after the win.

“It was tough to compete in conditions we don’t practice in. Not the number or way I wanted to win but a crucial part of the job is to hit the grid and that is what I did.

“Beyond grateful for the wisdom, guidance and courage the good Lord continues to bless me with.”

Meti dedicated the win to her Nan who passed away in 2013.

“It was an emotional win for me so I dedicate this win to my nan Mii who passed away in 2013 and baby niece Mii aka Cookie Monster sitting in the hospital trying to figure out what her illness is,” she said in a social media post last week.

Meti set the women’s world record with a 413-yard drive in April in World Long Drive’s first Tour event of the season in Arizona.

In 2016 at 19 years and two months of age, the Auckland-based golfer became the youngest female Long Drive World champion and a World Record holder.

Meti, who hails from the village of Arorangi, earlier said her parents have been instrumental in her sporting development, and preparing her to compete at an elite level.

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