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Mike Dunaway earns Long Drivers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award

Long Drivers of America (LDA) will present Mike Dunaway with its "Live Long Lifetime Achievement Award" during the 2013 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship

Dunaway known as the original pioneer in Long Drive and regarded by many to have had the best swing in the game, will be honored during the welcome reception in Mesquite, Nevada on Thursday, September 19.

"We are pleased to name one of long drive's true visionaries as this years recipient," said LDA owner and chief executive officer Art Sellinger.  "Mike was a distinguished competitor winning numerous events and making the finals of the National Long Drive Championship multiple times in the 70's and 80's. He learned his craft from long hitting legend and teacher Mike Austin" 

"He was the first real promoter of the art form of long drive. Dunaway paired his original "350 club" members in several pro-ams around the world and was the first to organize appearances in Asia, " noted Sellinger.  Dunaway became the first power hitter to be on the cover of Golf Magazine with his $10,000 challenge as well as the first to drive golf balls from the roof tops of both the Dunes and Caesars Palace hotels in major publicity stunts.

Additionally, Dunaway was played an instrumental role alongside Ely Callaway and Dick Helmstetter in the initial launch of Callaway's original Big Bertha driver.  His power swing was also featured as the model of the ground breaking Sybervision video series in the 90's.

"There are countless long drive veterans who have helped build and sustain our sport from the grass roots level up. LDA's recognition of Dunaway truly defines this great honor," says LDA CEO Art Sellinger

About Long Drivers of America
Long Drivers of America is a dynamic golf event company that specializes in producing long drive events for professionals.  The company is owned and operated by long drive pioneer Art Sellinger.  Founded in 1995 and based in Roanoke, Texas, LDA is best known for staging the annual RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship, the premier event in power golf. The RE/MAX championship has evolved into an international competition with power golfers from across the globe.  The event will air on Golf Channel and also NBC Sports.

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