E.J. McDonnell, PGA, Director of Golf at Bonita Bay Club finished in a tie for 5th in the Masters division of this weeks World Long Drive Championships

Bonita Springs, September 12, 2019 — EJ McDonnell was making his first appearance this year in the Masters division, which consists of competitors 45 years of age or older.  “The strength of this year’s field was absolutely incredible, there was around nine or ten World Championships between the players in the Masters field”, McDonnell said.

Battling a slight headwind most of the day, McDonnell was able to finish in a tie for third in his group in round one.  Moving into the second round McDonnell had to win his fifth set to have a chance to advance into the match play portion.  After winning that set with a drive of 370 yards, he would need to go another round in a shootout against Yasuruhiro Yamazaki of Japan.  In the shootout both players hit drives between 366 and 367 yards.  “Waiting for them to come back with the measurements was absolutely brutal, it felt like it was taking forever.  In long drive if two players are within six inches it is considered a tie, which would mean another shootout.  I was trying to ready myself mentally for another eight-ball set.” After the measurements came in McDonnell won by eleven inches with a drive of 366 yards 26 inches.  “After all the training and practice, to be able to come through in that situation was very rewarding”

McDonnell’s run at a World Championship came to an end in the quarterfinals of the match play portion of the event.  “Going into the quarterfinals I was very confident I had a real chance to take it the rest of the way.  In the quarterfinal match I just never real squared up a good ball, which was disappointing.  I guess after it is all said and done, finishing tied for 5th in a World Championship isn’t anything to be ashamed of.”

Bonita Bay Club has recently opened up a limited number of golf memberships for candidates residing outside of Bonita Bay. Members enjoy three Arthur Hills-designed courses within the 2,400-acre Bonita Bay community, located between Naples and Fort Myers, as well as two Tom Fazio courses spanning more than 1,000 acres of preserved cypress wetlands and pine flats with no residential development at the nearby Bonita Bay Club Naples. The club’s newly designed Sports Center offers 18 Har-Tru tennis courts and one of the region’s most active tennis programs, five new pickleball courts, and a zero-entry resort-style pool. Nearby, the 60,000-square-foot Lifestyle Center features a state-of-the-art fitness center, spa and salon. Bonita Bay Club has been recognized with exclusive designations, including the Distinguished Club and Platinum Club, and has been named among America’s Healthiest Clubs. For more information, visit bonitabayclub.net or call the membership office at 239-949-5061.



Becky Salaun, Bonita Bay Club, 239-949-5023, BeckyS@BonitaBayClub.net

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