About Amateur Long Drive™
Sean "The Beast®" Fister
Director - Marketing
Director - Broadcast Media
Broadcast & Operations
Developed by Fans
We’re huge fans of Professional Long Drive! The excitement…the competition…the entertainment is unmatched. We’ve watched as the sport grew from its early roots in the 70s, then advanced by way of the boost provided by ReMax. Like any fan of the sport, we were delighted to see The Golf Channel and Volvik come on board to continue to move the sport in a forward direction. Professional Long Drive lacked a bonafide feeder system to develop competitors and a grass roots fan base.
Amateur Long Drive™, Inc
Our original parent company iNetGolf, LLC began covering the ParaLong Drive program back in 2013 when we saw an exhibition in Atlantic City, NJ. Our interest in creating an amateur competition grew with each year. We finally developed Amateur Long Drive™ in 2017 as a grass roots effort to promote and grow the sport by introducing it to to amateurs of all skill levels, ages, and abilities.
Creating a Legitimate Amateur World Championship
We understand that most former long drivers are professionals, mostly due to the lack of an adequate amateur competition. Former professionals who wish to return to the tee are encouraged to apply to the USGA for reinstatement of amateur status and come join us. It’s fairly easy to do…click HERE for more information. The Amateur Long Drive™ World Championship is a competition for non-professionals. Long drive participants compete in age brackets for trophies and prizes. We’ve created some new and exciting pathways for getting to the World Championship via the ALD™ Championship Series. Competitors may compete in leagues across the United States (and abroad..stay tuned) as well as regional major qualifiers to make their way to the World Championship.
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’re very close to this cause and have an unwavering passion to make a difference.
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 for points as an amateur until he or she has regained "Amateur Status" by way of the USGA. Current professionals and those awaiting (that have applied for) reinstatement may enter events, but no points will be awarded for events played while a professional.
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.