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      Midlands teen goes the distance

      William Hinson became the youngest long drive champion at the age of 17 in 2012.

      BLYTHEWOOD (WACH)- William Hinson is outdriving his competition with speeds of more than 200 miles per hour.

      But this has nothing to do with auto racing. It's just the Blythewood teen and a golf club.

      "It's a hard feeling to describe really," Hinson said. "It only happens when I hit the golf ball, and I love it."

      Hinson loves it so much that he's taken his game to a whole new level. Championship level.

      Last September, Hinson became the youngest long drive champion at a competition in Marietta, Georgia. He was 17.

      "Golf is a gentleman's game and is laid back," Hinson said. "The long drive is for me. I like the rough and tough feel of it."

      Hinson can drive the ball over 400 yards, but that isn't his best trick. With his ball speed, Hinson can drive a golf ball through a piece of plywood.

      "Everybody ooh's and aah's about it," Hinson said. "It makes an incredible noise and the crowd goes crazy."

      His accomplishments caught the eye of major brands in golf, leading to sponsorships including the likes of Calloway Golf. With the help of his father and manager, Edward, Hinson now travels across the United States competing in events.

      "It's a dream come true," Hinson said. "It's what I always wanted to do."

      Hinson will compete in the World Championships beginning next week in Nevada, and will be featured on the Golf Channel in October.