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Rochester to host World Long Drive Championship competition

Having hosted U.S. Amateurs, U.S. Opens, Ryder Cups, PGA and LPGA championships, Rochester’s reputation as a hallowed golf city is well earned and secure.

What possibly is there left to do?

Host a stop on the fast-growing World Long Drive Association Tour, of course. And to top that off, have the world’s No. 1-ranked player be a hometown boy.

The screenwriters for Happy Gilmore must behind “Roc City Rumble” taking place July 20-24 at a driving range in Chili, what with Webster’s Ryan Steenberg ascending to the top of the men’s WLDA World Rankings after his runner-up finish in Atlantic City.

“It’s a dream come true, absolutely,’’ Steenberg said. “It’s twofold for me. First, every athlete dreams of competing in front of his hometown crowd, and second this is the first time my grandfather can see me hit a golf ball (in competition) live instead of on TV. He introduced me to the game of golf when I was 3. Finally, we’re here (in Rochester), ranked No. 1 in the world, and grandpa is going to be behind me.’’

David Bacon will be joined by all of Rochester.

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