Amateur Long Drive
Amateur Long Drive Championship
At the heart of grass roots events for aspiring long hitters is the ALD Amateur Long Drive Championship. The ALD Series is a competition for non-professionals that awards trophies, prizes, and divisional titles. Long drive participants compete in age brackets within local leagues across the United States and Canada as well as participate in Regional Major Qualifiers. There are multiple pathways for getting to the ALD World Championship finals. While advancing to the Amateur Long Drive World Championship, competitors earn world ranking points at both league competitions and ALD regionals. Amateurs tee it up in male and female divisions that includes youth 13 & under, junior 14 to 17, open 18 to 44, senior 45 to 59, super senior 60 to 69, and 70+. At ALD Regional Majors, event organizers may add military and adaptive long drive divisions. Aspiring long hitters can either earn enough points in league events or qualify through regional majors to compete for year-end titles and awards.
ALD League Series and Regional Majors
Improvisation is something sports organizers and event planners have globally embraced as the new normal in 2020. Although affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the Amateur Long Drive Championship Series was fortunate in many ways. First, it involves a sport that is conducted outside on a playing field with plenty of open spaces. Moreover, social distancing is the norm for long hitters, after all anyone swinging a 48-inch club deserves ample room. Since ALD League Series and Regional Majors are family-oriented sporting events, many family members were able to meet the CDC guidelines and still attend many of the events. Since the ALD 2019/2020 season teed off in September of last year, the aggressive start allowed Amateur Long Drive competitors to complete about 30 events prior to sheltering-in-place orders. Due to state and local restrictions, regional major qualifiers in Texas, Arizona, California, and Nevada were combined into a Super Regional qualifying event at the Home of Professional and Amateur Long Drive in Mesquite, NV. This year’s Golf Mesquite event also served as the roll-out for Jeff Crittenden’s Xtreme Long Drive Tour.
Chase for 2020 Amateur Long Drive Championships
Let’s face facts, everything accomplished in 2020 will likely have an asterisk next to the person's name. Thus, this season’s ALD World Championship was more of a U.S. Nationals Long Drive with the 70+ competitors travelling from within the United States. Nonetheless, amateur long drivers were treated to a beautiful grid at Barefoot Resort & Golf in Myrtle Beach, SC. ALD divisions winners included:
- Open Men – Scottie Pearman (Coastal Carolinas League)
- Open Women – Kylee Dubroski (Connecticut League)
- Senior Men – Brandon Deveraux (North Florida League)
- Senior Women – Sandy Mills (North Florida League)
- Super Senior Men – David Pat Johnson (Utah Nevada League)
- 70+ Men – David Hallenback (North Florida League)
- Open Military – Ethan Cline (Western PA League)
- Junior Girls – Kylee Dubroski (Connecticut League)
- Junior Boys – Joshua Fair Western (PA League)
- Open Adaptive – Henry O’Grady (Coastal Carolinas League)
- Junior Adaptive – Noah Fair (Western PA League)
- Youth Boys 6U – Jake Porter (Mid Atlantic League)
- Youth Boys 10U – Tucker Teague (Missouri League)
- Youth Boys 13U – Kauner Kay (Utah Nevada League)
Each year, several of the Amateur Long Drive world champions and overall points winners will be eligible to graduate to the Xtreme Long Drive Tour. Joining some of the world’s elite long ball hitters, the two-time ALD Men’s Open Champion Scottie Pearman decided it was time to climb the ladder. Pearman was right; the rookie pro long driver blasted a 348-yard drive to defeat Wes Patterson in XLD Men’s Open Division. Entering their fifth season of competition, ULD owns and operates the ALD (Amateur Long Drive) and XLD series. The 2020/2021 ALD and XLD seasons wrap up with combined (ALD & XLD) World Championships at Cog Hill Golf Club in Chicago, IL September 11 – 19, 2021.