… A high school teacher mistakenly called him “Critter” in class, and for Jeff Crittenden that nickname has stuck ever since.
Jeff first started playing golf while at Millersville College, and he quickly developed such a passion for the sport that he wanted to become a golf professional. To that end he moved to Florida and during the next six years he played on a number of tours; including; the Hooters Tour, the Tommy Armour Tour, and the Moonlight Tour.
Although he was learning his craft, Jeff wasn’t making enough money to earn a proper living, so in 2005 he quit the tours and got his PGA member card to become a teaching golf professional where he worked for a number of the game’s top instructors; including, Hank Haney, Fred Griffin, Rick McCord, Ed Bowe, and Dick Farley.
After some urging from the head pro where he worked, in 2006 Jeff decided to give long drive a try and he continued to compete in long drive competitions both in the USA, as well as international events in 2007 after beginning work in Greensboro, NC as the Director of Instruction at the North Carolina Golf Academy.
Although Jeff had won a major international event in Mexico (beating Jason Zuback) and although he had done well in a few LDA Tour events after seven years of competing by 2014 his age (at forty-three-years) and a number of injuries told Jeff that 2014 should be his last year; however, something happened while he was recuperating from an arm injury. Somehow, somewhere he found yet another gear.
At the 2014 world long drive championships in Mesquite, Nevada Jeff cruised through the qualifying rounds to make it to the TV Final Eight rounds, which were to be held a month later at the Las Vegas Paiute Golf and Country Club where he would be matched against the likes to two-time champions Jamie Sadlowski and Joe Miller.
Showing no fear whatsoever Critter took down two-time TV Round finalist Matt Hanger in the quarterfinals, and then he nipped Joe Miller by less than a yard to make the finals where the midnight hour on that bitter cold night proved to be all black for Jeff, as he lost the $250,000.00 first place money by a mere 13-inches to champion Jeff Flagg.
While this experience might have broken lesser men, Critter came right back to make the TV Final Eight again in 2015, and after turning forty-five he won the Masters Division Championship in 2017 and again in 2019.
Jeff continues to be the man-to-beat in the Masters Division, and as discussed above he ranks as one of the top golf instructors in the sport.
10 professional Longdrive wins
2017 and 2019 Masters WLD Champion
2014 2nd Remax World Longdrive Championship
2015 5th Volvik World Longdrive Championships
491 yards at an Omaha long drive event
Driver: MOI 6.5
Shaft: House of Forged Black Diamond