Golf exhibition, Clinic highlight GHC tournament week

Ever want to learn how to hit a golf ball a really long way? How about more than 400 yards?

Hickory-area golf fans will have an opportunity on Tuesday, Oct. 9 during the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn presented by Kia Motors when the Rock Barn Golf Academy presents a Power Golf Exhibition on Tuesday and the annual Youth Golf Clinic on Friday, it was announced on Wednesday.

The 10th anniversary Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn is set for Oct. 8-14 at Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover, N.C.

Long Drivers of America Professional Trent Scruggs, from Granite Falls, will host the Power Golf Exhibition at noon Tuesday at the Rock Barn Golf & Spa practice range; the exhibition is free of charge after purchasing tournament admission.

During the event, Scruggs will show how he drives a golf ball 380 yards on a regular basis and how he hit the longest drive of his career, a 422-yard blast, during the Mesquite Shootout in Nevada earlier this year.

Currently ranked No. 29 in the world in the long-drive professional standings, Scruggs finished 14th in the just-completed 2012 Long Drivers of America Tour season.

Home schooled in the South Caldwell school district of North Carolina, Scruggs, 17, was described as “the most powerful teenager ever to step on a tee box” by a fellow competitor at a recent competition, but Scruggs does more than drive the ball a long way; he is also a three handicap with ambitions of playing on the PGA TOUR one day.

One of Scruggs’ sponsors, Krank Golf, makers of drivers designed for long-drive competitions, has donated a driver to be given away during Tuesday’s Power Golf Exhibition.

Fans attending the exhibition will be given a raffle ticket, and at the end of the exhibition, Scruggs will draw a ticket and identify the lucky fan that will walk away with a brand new $400 driver.

On Friday Oct. 12 at 4:30 p.m., the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn will host its annual Youth Golf Clinic also presented by the Rock Barn Golf Academy at the Rock Barn Golf & Spa practice range. Multiple Champions Tour professionals will attend the youth clinic and spend time teaching golf to those children in attendance.

The clinic is free of charge with tournament admission, but people arriving at the Greater Hickory Classic just for the Youth Clinic after 3:30 p.m. will be admitted to the tournament free of charge.

Tickets to the 10th Anniversary Greater Hickory Classic are available for purchase through the tournament office or the tournament website.

The event features a week of special events and attractions, including exhibitions, pro-ams and three days of Champions Tour competition among some of the greatest legends in golf.

Operated by the Greater Hickory Classic Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the tournament donates all net proceeds to charities throughout the Greater Hickory Metro area each year.

For more information, please call 828-459-4000 or visit