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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Will Hogue of Collierville is one of eight finalists out of nearly 200 golfers competing in the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship in Las Vegas on Oct. 30.

The championship takes place under the lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Hogue hopes his drive will land him a $250,000 purse and that special title.

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There is a saying in golf, "Drive for show, putt for dough." But in the case, for Hogue it's just the opposite and he's driving for some big dough.

"I grew up playing golf, actually out here at Windyke (Country Club)," Hogue said. "My dad's company had given him a membership, so yeah I grew up playing but never any kind of serious play. I guess just out here horsing around with my friends."

That horsing around with friends resulted in Hogue hitting his first 300-yard drive when he was just 10-years-old.

That's right. Ten.

While he could certainly hit it a long way, Hogue said the rest of his golf game was, well, not as exceptional.

"I'm very average, if not a little below average, on most parts of my game," he said. "But I can hit a drive."

Hogue played baseball at Houston High School in Germantown and went on to play college ball at Austin Peay. He said baseball and weight training are a big part of his long ball talent. But his father says, it was not until he met the man, who is now his son's coach, that things really changed for him.

He is now hitting it more than 400 yards and keeping it straight.

"Thank you so much for letting me work with your kid," David Hogue said. "Yes, he was really cool and he was a super guy. He said I get this all the time and kids would come and it was always the same old, same old. They can hit it but really can't hit it. He said every now and then one comes along, you know, and he was very complementary and very encouraging."

Now that Will Hogue is among the elite eight on his way to Las Vegas for the big show on Oct. 30 along with appearances on the Golf Channel showing the contestants trying to make the cut, he is getting a lot of support from his hometown.

"Memphis is a great town like that," David Hogue said. "I'm proud of Memphis and I love Memphis. I've been here all my life but it's good with it comes to things like that and his company that he works for has been so supportive of him. He could not have done it without that. He works for Helena Chemical Company."

So who could have guessed that horsing around at Windyke Country Club in Memphis and playing some baseball could possibly end up turning into $250,000 for a kid from Collierville?

Should Will Hogue win that prize, he'll become a permanent member of my golf scramble team. Were just going keep that long ball talk on the down low.

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