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.
Minor tweaks to these rules and guidelines may occur prior to the championship weekend. Please note: These rules (up to the Open Championship Rounds) will govern the (able-bodied) ALD competitors. The ParaLong Drive Cup will be part of this event, but those rules are are determined by that governing body. ParaLong Drive competitors and ALD competitors will meed int the ALD Open World Championship rounds. The only significant rule change for that round is the use of non-conforming drivers. In the Open Championship rounds competitors will be allowed to hit any driver 50 inches or less. See (Equipment) below for ALD Championship guidelines.
2017 Amateur Long Drive Championship
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.
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.
Youth – 15 and under
Adult 16 to 49
Senior 50 to 64
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”).
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.
Any tee is allowed in ALDC competition.
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.
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…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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 – 250 Yards
Adult Female – 225 Yards
Senior Male – 230 Yards
Senior Female – 190 Yards
Super Senior Male – 215 Yards
Super Senior Female – 175 Yards
Local Qualifiers will take place at various locations up until August 15th, 2017. Players advancing from Local Qualifiers will be eligible to advance to the first Championship round at the World Championship event. Four (4) players from each division will advance into to the World Championship rounds.
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. *Up to eight (8) players from each division will advance into to the World Championship rounds.
*Clarification: The final number of competitors moving to the competition rounds will ultimately be determined by participation. That final decision will be made on the day of competition. Please note: The rule is based upon “up to eight (8) players” advancing in each division. If some divisions are lighter than expected, we may transfer additional competitors to the competition rounds from the heavier divisions. Our final decision will be based on the allotted time and participation..
Local and World Qualifier Format (For 2017 Competition)
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. The top sixteen (16) finishers in each division will advance to Qualifier Round 2 of their respective divisions. All others will be eliminated from competition.
Qualifier Round 2: Advancing players from each division will compete in groups of (up to) four (4) completing a six (6) ball set. The top eight (8) finishers in each division will advance to World Championship rounds and all others will be eliminated from competition.
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
Championship 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. 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.
Championship 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 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
This Open Championship is designed to have the top able-bodied competitors compete against the top ParaLong Drive competitors. Competitors from any division (including ParaLong Drive Cup) hitting a *qualifying drive” will be eligible to compete in the ALD World Open Championship. We will take up to eight (8) male and eight (8) female qualified competitors (combined) from all divisions into the Open rounds. There are only two (2) Open round divisions…male and female. The number of competitors taken into the final Open rounds will be determined by the number of Paralong Drive competitors (up to 8) that have hit qualifying drives. For example: If (during their competition) six (6) ParaLong Drive male competitors hit qualifying drives, we will take six (6) males from the ALD Championship rounds into the Open. That number will be announced prior to the commencement of the Championship Rounds. Competitors will be placed in groups of (up to) four (4) completing up to two (2) six (6) ball sets. The actual number of six (6) ball sets played in the finals will be determined by the ALDC officials based on available time. The player hitting the longest drive of the final round will be crowned “2017 Amateur Long Drive Open World Champion”.
*Qualifying Drive lengths may be adjusted based upon weather and grid conditions.
Clarification: If none of the ParaLong Drive female competitors make it to the open and we have at least two (2) able-bodied women to hit qualifying drives, the women (up to a total of 8) will compete to become ALD Open World Women’s Champion.
Clarification: The maximum number competing in the Open rounds will be 32 competitors.
Up to eight (8) Paralong Drive Males
Up to eight (8) able-bodied Males
Up to eight (8) Paralong Drive Females
Up to eight (8) able-bodied Males
Clarification: All able-bodied competitors (male and female) making it into the Open rounds will compete to determine the top able-bodied male and female. The ParaLong Drive competitors making into the Open rounds will compete to determine the top ParaLong Drive male and female. The two top male and female competitors will compete for the World Championship Open title.