Dropping Bombs at the Inaugural California Long Drive Championship

Long drive athletes from near and far competed in the first annual California Long Drive Championship at Haggin Oaks.

Over the last few years, long drive has exploded in popularity all across the world. You might have seen someone practicing on the driving range or the World Long Drive Championship on the Golf Channel. Haggin Oaks caught the long drive fever, hosting @norcallongdrive’s first-annual California Long Drive Championship on the #1 tee on November 4th.

25 players descended upon Haggin Oaks for the championship including several powerhouses from southern California, like Brant Deboer, Joey Belden, Jay Heath, and Mike Lowe. The championship was split into 4 divisions: womens, seniors, professional, and amateur. Each player had 3 minutes and 6 balls to launch as far as they could down the fairway, advancing through single-elimination brackets. A crowd gathered to watch the competition, growing larger as the event continued through the afternoon.

After the dust settled and the distances measured, 4 stood as the 2023 California Long Drive champions:

  • Open Division: Patick Raber (344 yards)
  • Amateur Division: Christian Faria (349 yards)
  • Womens Division: Heather Manfreda (266 yards)
  • Senior Division: Jeffrey Williams (322 yards)

Long drive continues to grow and we couldn’t be prouder to be the home of the California Long Drive Championship. Thank you to everyone who came out and we’ll see you at the next championship!

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