ALD Rules

Amateur Long Drive World Championship Rules and Guidelines

Please note: Changes were made (and clarifications were added) to these rules and guidelines on July 22, 2017.

Amateur Long Drive Championship

Eligibility

Any amateur is eligible for ALDC competition. *Professional long drive competitors are not allowed to compete but, may perform in exhibition rounds. At this time there are no provisions for “past professional” long drive competitors, but we would consider that division with enough interest. PGA Professional divisions are permitted.

*We realize there’s some gray area when determining professional status as a Long Drive competitor. Here’s our definition as of July 22, 2017: If (in the past 5 years) you were on the world rankings list and / or received payment for 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. 

Divisions

ALDC divisions shall include Youth Male, Youth Female, Adult Male, Adult Female,  Senior Male, Senior Female,  Super Senior Male, and Super Senior Female, PGA Professional Male, and PGA Professional Female. PGA Professionals of all ages will compete as one division.

“Ability” divisions are welcomed and are governed by ParaLong Drive Cup guidelines.

Ages

Youth – 15 and under

Adult 16 to 49

Senior 50 to 64

Super Senior 65+

Equipment

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”).

Golf Ball

Players are required to hit the golf ball provided by ALDC at all events. Players are required to ensure their ALDC issued balls are visible at all times on the hitting tee.

Tees

Any tee is allowed in ALDC competition.

Official Yardages

Official Yardages will be determined utilizing grid workers and laser rangefinder equipment. 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. An ALDC official will record the (laser calculated) distance from the tee box to the grid worker.

Scoring Ties

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.

Starting Time

There will be no set time for competition…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.

Weather Conditions

The ALDC 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, the ALDC reserves the right to shorten or alter the format in effort to complete an official competition. The ALDC will not issue refunds to any player if severe weather conditions shorten or alter the competition format.

Etiquette

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 ALDC has the right to refuse service to any player or guest for improper etiquette.

Registration

All competitors must fill out an official entry form (online or at the event) and pay the entry fee prior to competing. 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 ALDC official on site will determine if time limits.

Competition Timing

Players will have two (2) minutes to attempt six (6) shots. Practice shots are not allowed on the tee box.

Recording Drives

Only a player’s longest Qualified Drive will be measured and recorded.

Qualifying Drives

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 ALDC 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.

Youth Male – 200 Yards

Youth Female – 175 Yards

Adult Male – 270 Yards

Adult Female – 215 Yards

Senior Male – 240 Yards

Senior Female – 190 Yards

Super Senior Male – 215 Yards

Super Senior Female – 175 Yards

World Qualifier

Players not competing in a Local Qualifier will be allowed to qualify on the morning of 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, ALDC 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. All players hitting a *qualifying drive will advance into the Competition rounds.

Clarification: Competitors may make multiple attempts to qualify if time allows. Each attempt will require an additional registration fee. It is possible for one competitor to be bumped from competition rounds by another who has “re-qualified”.

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 Championship Open

The Open ‘World Championship is a showdown between the top ParaLong Drive and Amateur Long Drive competitors. We will take the top four (4) Amateurs and top four (4) ParaLong Drive hitters into and elimination round. From the elimination we’ll determine the top Amateur and top ParaLong Drive hitter into the finals.

Note: This portion of the championship has been altered slightly for 2017 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 July 22, 2017: If (in the past 5 years) you were on the world rankings list and / or received payment for 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.

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.

Jeff Gilder

Tournament Director, iNetGolf, LLC / Amateur Long Drive World Championship

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