… Many of us competed and a few of us even excelled in multiple sports in high school with not so many of us having the ability to compete in one sport much less multiple sports at the college level, and as sports fans we know that the number of athletes who have excelled beyond college in multiple sports at the professional level (where you get paid for your efforts) is extremely small to the point of being miniscule in number.
While Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders were stars in both professional football and baseball, others stars like NBA basketball legend Michael Jorden fell miserably short of success in baseball where he was unable to break the Mendoza Line… enter Gerry James.
Gerry’s professional sports career began with a stint as a player with the Oklahoma Outlaws of the United States Football League.
Following his professional football career Gerry embarked on a second professional sports career in weight-lifting / body-building, while working out with the likes of Arnold Schwartzeneger, Frank Zane and others. In 1990 Gerry’s achievements in this field were honored when he was named as both the heavyweight as well as overall California Body Building Champion.
Gerry transferred the incredible strength that he had achieved in his body building career into a third professional sports career by becoming a professional wrestler, first being the wresting hero Gerry America, and later with the role as the despicable wresting villain Agent Orange.
In his own words Gerry became determined to change his life and in the 1990s he devoted his sports endeavors to his fourth professional sports career in the field of golf. Gerry’s efforts quickly achieved results in long drive competition where Gerry was the leading money winner on the 2002 Pinnacle Long Drive Tour, and he followed by earning 2nd Place prize money at the 2003 World Long Drive Championship Open Division competition. Subsequently, in 2005 and again in 2006 Gerry James won first prize payouts for becoming a two-time World Long Drive Senior Division Champion.
Gerry’s professional accomplishments in golf have not been limited to the long drive arena Gerry is a PGA professional, who was a competitor on the GOLF CHANNEL’s “Big Break, Mesquite” telecasts, and he demonstrated his professional level golfing ability by qualifying and competing in the 2012 PGA U.S. Senior Open.
Notwithstanding these many achievements in four professional sports fields, Gerry’s greatest strength may be his ability to offer professional instruction in the golfing field as well as the long drive specialization. Gerry has coached number of long-drive champions including two-time Women’s Long Drive Champion Stacey Shinnick, former Junior Long Drive Champion Owen Hanson, two-time Open Champion Tim Burke, and of course, Gerry’s son Justin James, the current champion who won the 2017 Open Division World Long Drive Championship.
Gerry has also earned distinction by providing golf instruction to top professional golfers including Davis Love III and Len Mattiace.
Gerry’s philosophy as related to maximizing physical training and applying it to the sport of golf is demonstrated in his “Center Force Golf System,” which is offered on various CD’s. It is a fusion of power golf and physical fitness. Gerry also has produced various other instructional videos on putting and other golf areas.
Although he remains very busy with his work, while also spending as much time as he can with his young grand-children, Gerry finds the time to make visits to the prison system where he counsels and ministers to inmates who seek help in order to try and turn their lives around.
.2019 Northern PGA Chapter senior Stableford champion
. 2018 Northern PGA. Chapter senior player of the year.
• 2017 Northern PGA Section Senior Champion
• 2016 Northern Florida Chapter Senior Player of the Year
• 2015 Northern Florida PGA Chapter Player of the Year
• 2014 Player of the Year – PGA Northern Chapter, All Divisions
• 2014 Northern Chapter Senior Champion
• 2013 Senior Match Play Champion
• 2012 Northern Chapter Senior Champion
• 2012 Player of the Year
• 2011 Northern Chapter PGA Champion
• 2009 Champions Tour School Finalist
• 2009 Nevada Open Senior Champion (Won By 5 Strokes)
• 2008 Southeastern Long Drive Champion (Open Division)
• 2007 Remax Desert Launch Champion (45 and older class)
• 2006 Remax World Long Drive Back to Back Champion (45 and older class)
• 2005 Remax World Long Drive Champion (Winner 45 & Older Class)
• 2006 Southeast Long Drive Championship Winner (Open Division)
• Big Break 8 Mesquite 4th Place
• Won over 40 Long Drive Championships in the last 20 years
• June 2005 Legends of Long Drive Championships Winner, Pittsburgh, PA
• 2003 – 2nd Place at the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship in Mesquite, NV (396 Yards)
• 2002 – Leading Money Winner on the Pinnacle Long Drive Tour
• Winner of the Greater Greensboro Open in Greensboro, NC
• 2001 – Finished in the Top-5 in Five Professional Long Drive events
• 2001 – Longest Drive of the Year at the USA vs. World Competition in Toronto, Canada (423 Yards)
• 2000 – Winner of the Southern California Long Drive Championship in Newport Beach, CA (365 Yards)
• 2000 – Winner of the Southeastern Long Drive Championship in Metter, GA (389 Yards)
• 1998 – Top U.S. Finisher at the RE/MAX Long Drive Championship in Mesquite, NV (351 Yards)
• 1997 – Winner of the Hard Drive Power Golf Tour in Denver, CO (473 Yards)
• 1997 – Winner of the Casa Grande in Phoenix, AZ (444 Yards)
• 1997 – Winner of the Nitro Shootout in Mesquite, NV (419 Yards)
• 1996 – Winner of the Super-Power Skins Game in Rogers, AR
• 1995 – Winner of the Dunaway’s Runaway in Baton Rouge, LA (362 Yards)
. 1994- Winner of his first mini-tour event at Temecula inn and club -7 for two-day event.
• 1993 – Winner of the Pro Long Drive Event in Houston, TX (396 Yards)
• 1992 – Winner of the Southeastern Long Drive Championship in Metter, GA (381 Yards)
• Winner of the Blasters in Fayetteville, AR (319 Yards)
• 1991 – Winner of The Longest Day in Copper Creek, CO (417 Yards)
• Winner of the World Power Golf Association in Miami Lakes, FL (410 Yards)
• Winner of the Hard Drive Long Drive in Denver, CO (448 Yards)
• 1990 – Winner of the Mr. California Bodybuilding Championship, Heavyweight and Overall Winner
Career Long Drive: 473yds
Swing Speed: 152
Ball Speed: 215
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