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Fareen Samji Is Five-Time Long-Drive Champ

Coastweek -- Mombasa born (former Kensec student) Fareen Samji is again the top long swinger among Canadian females.
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Samji won her fifth consecutive International Long Drive Challenge (ILDC) women’s Canadian long drive golf championship at Stark’s Golf Club in Port Rowan, Ont., last weekend.

The 41-year-old Samji and other competitors battled strong headwinds on Sunday as Samji  advanced to the championship round with a 314-yard drive.

Her personal best drive in competition is 334 yards last year. Samji beat out longtime competitor Lisa Vlooswyk in the crucial fourth round, moving straight to the finals where she met 22-year-old Cory Pond of Simcoe. Samji defeated Pond by nine yards with a 299-yard drive.

“The ILDC Canadians is always a great competition,” Samji said. “This year, swirling winds and a strong headwind played havoc with our drives.

 
Coastweek -- Five-time long-drive champ Fareen Samji

“Everyone handled the conditions as well as they could.“ Sunday’s competition was held at Stark’s Golf Club’s ninth hole, which featured a narrow (40-yard-wide) fairway.

The competition was a double elimination format. Each competitor had six balls and 165 seconds to complete the drives.

The player with the longest ball in the grid was declared the winner.

Samji will again be joining Team Canada I in Mexico in November to defend her title as Women’s 2015 ILDC world champion.

Two other Burlington golfers placed in the top 10 on the men’s side on Sunday.

Jacob Gill finished in third place and Brett Walker was sixth.

At 5-foot-5, Samji defies the odds as Long Drive Champion. As a tour player from 1999-2002, Samji’s power drives were the mainstay of her game.

She competed on numerous tours — the LPGA Futures, Players West, Challenge, Asian, South African and Canadian. She won an event on the Players West Tour in 2002, and earned several top-five finishes throughout her career.

In 2014, her passion for the sport of long drive prompted her to join Jason Davies in co-founding the Board of United International Long Drive (BUILD), a not-for-profit association (www.buildlongdrive.com)  dedicated to furthering the sport globally.

Samji lives in Burlington with her family and runs a small business. She’s also an active member of the Burlington North Rotary Club.

She offers golf instruction at FarAway Greens Indoor Golf and is the host of Cogeco TV’s instructional golf series Hit it Far, currently in its fourth season.

           

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