Amateur Long Drive™ Qualifying and World Championship Rules & Guidelines
Please note: Changes were made (and clarifications were added) to these rules and guidelines on July 14, 2018….”Registration & Division Ages”
Amateur Long Drive™
Any amateur is eligible for ALD competition. *Professional long drive competitors are not allowed to compete but, may perform in exhibition rounds.
*There’s some gray area when determining professional status as a Long Drive competitor. Here’s our definition as of January 9, 2018: If (in the past 5 years) you received payment for Professional Long Drive competition, you are considered a Long Drive Professional for the purposes of this tournament. You may not compete as an amateur. We will consider creating an “Exhibition” division for professionals if there’s enough interest, but those competitors shall not compete against amateurs. We reserve the right to modify this definition as needed.
ALD divisions shall include Youth Male, Youth Female, Junior Male, Junior Female, Adult Male, Adult Female, Senior Male, Senior Female, Super Senior Male, Super Senior Female, and Adaptive Long Drive divisions.
The effective age for competition division determination is the competitors age on January 1st of the competition year. As far as ALD is concerned the competitor is that age all year.
New! Veterans Division
New for 2018, we’ve invited the Veteran Golfers Association (VGA) to join us at the World Championship. There will be a Veterans division for both male and female Adult, Senior, and Super Senior at the World Championship Event. To compete as a Veteran, competitors must be current or former Unites States Military.
Youth 12 and under
Junior 13 to 15 is the official age range. Youth ages may also compete in this division.
Adult 16 to 49 is the official age range. Youth, Juniors, Seniors, and Super Seniors may also compete in this division.
Senior 50 to 63 is the official age range. Super Seniors may also compete in this division.
Super Senior 65+
Golf clubs must appear on the United States Golf Association USGA® Conforming List. Clubs on the USGA® Non-conforming list will not be allowed. Golf clubs must conform to the USGA® Rules of Golf (appendix ll, 1c), which limits golf club length to a maximum of forty-eight inches (48”). All competitors are required to have their clubs inspected and cleared before competition.
Players are required to hit the golf ball provided by ALD at all events. Players are required to ensure their ALD issued balls are visible at all times on the hitting tee.
Any tee is allowed in ALD competition.
Official Yardages will be determined utilizing grid workers, laser rangefinder equipment, and / or physical yardage markers. In events and qualifiers where laser range finders are utilized, grid workers positioned along the sides of the grid will mark the longest ball for each hitter in each group by standing over the ball wearing a color-matched vest. An ALD official will record the (laser calculated) distance from the tee box to the grid worker.
Any two recorded drives within a division round within six inches (6”) of each other are considered a tie. In the event there are two or more such confirmed yardages recorded, those tied players will hit four (4) additional balls in one minute and thirty seconds (1:30) (Playoff) to determine the final winning drive, but only if it is for first place to qualify, transfer, or win. A playoff will continue until a winner is determined. If one of the players is not present for the playoff, the player present will be deemed the winner.
There will be no set time for competition by division…only an order of competition. It is the players’ responsibility to be ready to compete when his or her name is called to the tee, and failure to do so will result in disqualification from competition. In a qualifying round, a player disqualified for this reason may “re-register” (see “Registration” below) and attempt to qualify.
Players called to the on-deck area should report immediately to that designated area.
ALD cannot guarantee weather conditions or constant playing conditions as the result of weather. Every effort will be made to complete all competitions while ensuring the safety of competitors. If conditions become unplayable, ALD reserves the right to shorten or alter the format in effort to complete an official competition. ALD will not issue refunds to any player if severe weather conditions shorten or alter the competition format.
Players and their guests shall conduct themselves in a responsible manner at all times. Proper golf etiquette is required during all levels of competitions. At no time will disorderly conduct, abusive language, intoxication, possession of firearms, and/or possession of any illegal substance be tolerated. Violations of this section shall be cause for immediate expulsion form ALDC competitions and forfeiture of all monies paid, if any. The ALD has the right to refuse service to any player or guest for improper etiquette.
All competitors must fill out an official entry form (online or at the event) and pay the entry fee at the time of registration. All players shall be required to read and sign the ALD Wavier / Registration Document prior to competition or practice. Registration covers the entry into a singe qualifying event / division (also called attempt). Players who fail to qualify may attempt additional qualifications (time permitting) by completing and (paying for) an additional entry after their initial (or last) attempt and prior to another qualifying attempt. Players may attempt up to qualify as many times as as time permits. The ALD official on site will determine if time limits. Once qualified, there are no additional entry fees into the World Championship.
Clarification – Your registration covers entry into one qualifying event / division / attempt. Additional attempts are permitted with an additional fee of $50 for each attempt in a given division….either at the local event, or at the Last Chance Qualifier. Competitors may enter multiple divisions for an additional registration fee for each division entered. For example: A Veteran Senior may enter the Veteran, Senior, and Adult divisions. Each division entered requires an additional registration fee. Additional registration fees may be paid at the event. Once the competitor has qualified in a given division, there’s no additional fee to enter the championship for the division in which he or she is qualified.
Players will have two (2) minutes to attempt six (6) shots. Practice shots are not allowed on the tee box.
Only a player’s longest Qualified Drive will be measured and recorded.
Each player will be scored based on their qualifying drives. Qualifying drives must come to rest inside the grid and meet or exceed the minimum length for the respective division. Qualifying drive lengths may be adjusted for weather and grid conditions at the discretion of the ALD official. Standard qualifying drive lengths for each division are as follows.
Note: These numbers are preliminary. Actual qualifying drives will be determined on the day of qualification based on grid conditions. Drives that exceed the length of the grid shall qualify if (in the opinion of the ALD official) are within the established grid width using his/her best judgement. In the event two or more qualifying drives exceed the grid, and measurement of those drives are necessary to determine round transfers or wins, the ALD officials will use their best judgement to determine the winner.
Youth Male – 175
Youth Female – 150
Junior Male – 200 Yards
Junior Female – 175 Yards
Adult Male – 275 Yards
Adult Female – 230 Yards
Senior Male – 250 Yards
Senior Female – 190 Yards
Super Senior Male – 225 Yards
Super Senior Female – 175 Yards
Players not competing in a Local Qualifier will be allowed to qualify in Last Chance Qualifiers at the World Championship event. All non-qualified online registrants and walk-ups will be the divided into groups (via blind draw) for the first rounds of qualification.
Local and World Qualifier Format
Before the competition, via blind draw, ALD officials will divide the field (by division) into groups of (up to) four (4) players.
Smaller fields will be accommodated. Format and groups may be adjusted according to the ALDC official’s decision.
Qualifier Round 1: Players in each division will compete in groups of (up to) four (4) completing a six (6) ball set. Players hitting a *qualifying drive will advance into the Competition Rounds according to the Qualifier Participation Scale.
Clarification: Competitors may make multiple attempts to qualify if time allows. Each attempt will require an additional registration fee. Depending upon the number of competitors attempting to qualify, It is possible for one competitor to be bumped from competition rounds by another who has “re-qualified”. At the “official” end of the qualifier event, all “qualified” hitters are locked into the competition rounds at the World Championship.
Qualifier Participation Scale
Local and Last Chance qualifiers will send to the World Championships 80% of the qualifying drives from each division. Fractions are rounded up to the next number.
26 in each division of 32 competitors (32 x 80%= 25.6)
16 in each division of 20 competitors
13 in each division of 16 competitors (16 x 80% + 12.8)
8 in each division of 10 competitors
5 in each division of 6 competitors ( 6 x 80% = 4.8)
In divisions with 4 and under, all qualify. (Example: 4 x 80% = 3.2. 3.2 rounded up = 4)
Although we prefer to host all qualifiers on grids of sufficient length, The Qualifier Participation Scale may be adjusted as needed by the ALD official when forced to play on a shorter grid.
World Championship Format
Competition Round 1: All players in each division will compete in groups of (up to) four (4) completing up to two (2) six (6) ball sets. ALDC officials will determine the actual number of six (6) ball sets allowed for each division based on time, weather, and television constraints. The top four (4) finishers in each division will advance to the semi-finals for Round 2 of their respective divisions. All others will be eliminated from competition.
Competition Round 2 (Semi-Finals): Advancing players from each division will compete in groups of (up to) four (4) completing up to two (2) six (6) ball sets. ALDC officials will determine the actual number of six (6) ball sets allowed for each division. The top two (2) finishers in each division will advance to World Championship finals rounds and all others will be eliminated from competition.
Championship Finals Round 3 (Finals): Advancing players from each division will compete in groups of (up to) two (2) completing up to two (2) six (6) ball sets. ALDC officials will determine the actual number of six (6) ball sets allowed for each division. The winner in each division will be crowned “2017 Amateur Long Drive™ Division World Champion”.
ALD World Open Championship***
The Open World Championship is a showdown between the top competitors from the competing divisions such as Adaptive, Veteran, and Amateur divisions. There is not an “official age” for this competition. Competitors of all ages are eligible. We will take the op four (4) Adaptive hitters, top four (4) Amateur hitters, and top four (4) Veteran hitters (who achieve a pre-determined minimum drive) into an elimination round. From the elimination the top hitter in each division will advance into the Open World Championship Finals.
In the Open final the top divisional competitors will compete in a head to head format. Each will hit multiple sets (Exact number of sets will be announced prior to competition – based upon TV Schedule). The longest drive from this round will determine the Open World Champion.
***Note: This portion of the championship may altered based on live television schedules.
We’ve been fielding lots of questions about eligibility…and our definition of Amateur versus Professional. Here is the exact wording of our current ruling.
We realize there’s some gray area when determining professional status as a Long Drive competitor. Here’s our definition as of January 9, 2018: If (in the past 5 years) you received payment for a Professional Long Drive competition, you are considered a Long Drive Professional for the purposes of this tournament. You may not compete as an amateur. We will consider creating an “Exhibition” (gray area) division if there’s enough interest, but those competitors shall not compete against amateurs. We reserve the right to modify this definition as needed to ensure fair competition opportunities.
In the “previous” absence of a true amateur competition, many competitors entered “non-sanctioned” events where winners were paid. If you fall into that category and were not paid in the past 5 years, you may compete as an amateur in this event.
We hope this clears the confusion.