By Brad Ziemer
Keenan Hall saved the best for last.
Hall was the final competitor in Wednesday’s Long Drive Challenge to officially kick off this week’s GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club. Hall stepped up and blasted his first of three drives 387 yards to overtake the 378-yard bomb that fellow Kelowna resident Josh Coletti had recorded just minutes earlier.
The competition took place on the elevated first tee at Gallagher’s and several competitors broke the 350-yard mark. Competitors paid $20 for chance to hit three balls and were limited to six drives. All proceeds went to the B.C. Cancer Foundation.
Hall, a 28-year-old former golf pro at Kelowna Golf Club who now works as a territory manager for Central City Brewing, won a trip for two to anywhere WestJet flies.
“When it left the left the clubface I had a feeling it could be good,” Hall said of his winning drive.
Hall had never competed in a long-drive contest and was talked into entering by some of his buddies at Kelowna Golf Club.
“Everyone at the Country Club knew I was a long driver so they said, you’ve got to go do this,” he said. “So I figured I’d do it and here I am.”
Hall has not decided where he will go on his free trip.
“Somewhere to play golf, that’s for sure,” he said. “Maybe Europe.”