Xtreme Long Drive® Tour
Xtreme Long Drive Tour
Sporting events around the world have taken a hard hit due to the coronavirus pandemic that arrived in the United States in early spring. Everything from the schedules for the nation’s upper tier of professional sports to local amateur competitions was completely turned upside down. In the blink of an eye, sanctioning bodies, event promoters, competitors, members of the media, sponsors, and fans were confronted with stay-at-home orders and travel restrictions that changed or completely re-arranged their plans for 2020. Unfortunately for participants of the World Long Drive Championship, tour operations were suspended due to the financial and logistical impact of the pandemic and its negative affect on the sport of long drive. Fortunately, the Xtreme Long Drive (XLD) Tour, which is operated by Ultimate Long Drive, Inc (ULD), had plans in place to utilize the XLD pro tour as a feeder system to the World Long Drive Championships in men’s open, women’s open and master’s divisions. Based in Myrtle Beach, SC, ULD assists aspiring pro and amateur long drive competitors from around the world as they advance up the ranks.
Jeff Crittenden’s Xtreme Long Drive Tour
After multiple years dedicated to establishing the Amateur Long Drive (ALD) Championship Series, series owner Ultimate Long Drive, Inc, had plans in place to launch Xtreme Long Drive. Through qualifiers, tour stops, league competitions, and the XLD championship finals, ULD would license professional long drive competitions to provide opportunities for both aspiring and accomplished long drivers. When the ULD launched their search for a Tour Commissioner, two-time World Long Drive Master’s Champion Jeff Crittenden had the profile that matched all the criteria. Nicknamed “Critter” during his high school days, Jeff is a former Director of Instruction at the North Carolina Golf Academy in Greensboro, NC, who has the personal experience of overcoming numerous obstacles to rise to the top tier of the sport. That’s why it was so appropriate that the 2020-2021 Jeff Crittenden’s Xtreme Long Drive Tour bears his name. Over a dozen tour season events along with four major championship events will be hosted at world-class venues providing opportunities for professionals and amateurs alike to earn their way to the World’s Challenge Series concluding in September in Chicago, IL. Cog Hill Golf & Country Club features the long drive’s first purpose-made long drive grid in the world.