About Amateur Long Drive™
Sean "The Beast®" Fister
Director - Marketing
Director - Broadcast Media
Broadcast & Operations
We’re huge fans of Professional Long Drive! We’ve watched as the sport grew and then waned. Like any fan of the sport, we were delighted to see The Golf Channel and Volvik move the sport in a forward direction.
Our parent company iNetGolf, LLC began covering the ParaLong Drive program back in 2013 when we saw an exhibition in Atlantic City, NJ. We developed Amateur Long Drive™ as a grass roots effort to promote and grow the sport by introducing it to to amateurs of all skill levels, ages, and abilities.
The Amateur Long Drive™ World Championship is a competition for non-professionals. Long drive participants compete in age brackets for trophies and prizes. The inaugural Amateur Long Drive™ World Championship was August 25-26 in Myrtle Beach, SC at Legends Golf Resort.
We’ve chosen to support Salt Air® Foundation to benefit Cystic Fibrosis (CF) as our primary charity. CF is a genetic terminal disease that affects the lungs and other organs in about 35,000 people in the United States. We will also support the Veteran Golfers Association (VGA) for 2018.
As one might imagine, we get lots of questions about eligibility...and our definition of Amateur versus Professional. We understand this topic can be a little "gray", and we have changed our position a couple of times during the development of ALD.
Beginning September 1, 2018 (for all future competition) any one who has competed as a professional golfer in any event may not compete as an amateur until he or she has regained "Amateur Status" by way of the USGA.
To be clear, if a competitor has ever entered a competition to compete as a professional...whether or not he or she was paid...that competitor is still technically a professional golfer until the USGA has been petitioned for reinstatement and amateur status regained.
For more information regarding applying for reinstatement of amateur status click HERE.
We hope this helps to clear the confusion. Let us know HERE if you have any questions.