Golf News for Thursday, November 7, 2013 | People

Brocket Hall Golf Club ambassador Joe Miller sets sights on future

Joe Miller has vowed to make quick amends after narrowly failing to add the world title to his European crown at the 2013 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Miller, 28, went into the event for golf's biggest hitters as favourite in the eight-man field to land the $250,000 winner-takes-all first prize and advanced through the qualifying stages to face American Tim Burke in the final.

Both players each received six drives, over two rounds of three shots apiece, with the longest shot that stayed within a 50-yard wide grid counting toward their final score.

But, despite managing a drive of 405 yards with his fourth attempt, 2010 world champion Miller found himself beaten to the title after Burke hit a championship-record 427 yards with his fourth shot.

Miller, a member of Brocket Hall Golf Club's team of ambassadors who prepared for the event at the famous Hertfordshire venue, said: "It would've been a perfect end to what's been a perfect year if I'd have won. It's obviously extremely frustrating to come up short, but I gave it my all.

"It was amazing to be part of such a great spectacle, especially in Las Vegas, but I will regroup, share some developmental ideas with Callaway and come back bigger, stronger and better next year. I appreciate all the support that everyone has given me and hope to give people what they want next time."

Burke overcame tricky chilly weather conditions in Las Vegas to lift the title, and the victory was extra special to him after he finished runner-up to Ryan Winther in the event in 2012.

The 27-year-old from Orlando, Florida, said: "I waited a year for this. I took one week off last year, and I just decided I'm going to start from the foundation up. I got a little better golf swing and gained a lot of speed.

"I've never hit a ball better in my life and I knew I was going to end it there. That was my goal with that Krank driver. (Miller's) drive of 405 yards was not that big of a number, especially in these conditions. I knew he could clearly beat that."

Miller joined Brocket Hall's ambassador programme this summer, with the club's team also featuring the likes of European Tour star Simon Khan and former supermodel Jodie Kidd.

Situated within 543 acres of stunning 18th century parkland, Brocket Hall boasts some of the finest golf facilities in England, with its two 18-hole championship courses famously named after the prime ministers who once resided there, Lord Melbourne and Lord Palmerston.

In addition, golfers can hone their skills at the first-class Palmerston Golf Academy; indulge in five-star dining at its award-winning restaurant, Auberge du Lac; enjoy a more laid-back meal in Watershyppes Restaurant or an overnight stay in the recently-refurbished Melbourne Lodge.

For more details on Brocket Hall, phone 01707 368700 or visit www.brocket-hall.co.uk .

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Information about Brocket Hall Golf Club
Situated within 543 acres of stunning 18th century parkland, Brocket Hall's two 18-hole championship courses are famously named after the prime ministers who once resided there, Lord Melbourne and Lord Palmerston.

Opened in 1992, the par-72 Melbourne Course is set in magnificent surroundings, crossing the River Lea several times before a memorable finish in front of the hall after a short ferry ride to the 18th green.

In contrast, the Palmerston Course - designed by Donald Steel - is a challenging par-73 woodland layout, with rare Hornbeam, Scots and Corsican pine and 300-year-old oak trees creating a memorable test for professionals and amateurs alike, and was ranked 86th in the latest 'Top 100 Golf Courses in England' poll.

In addition, golfers can hone their skills at the renowned Palmerston Golf Academy, and no visit to Brocket Hall is complete without indulging in five-star dining at its award-winning restaurant, Auberge du Lac, a more laid-back meal in Watershyppes Restaurant or a stay in the recently-refurbished Melbourne Lodge.