Greensboro, NC. – Precision Golf School Head Instructor, Jeff Crittenden, is making his way to the top in Long Drive competitions. Crittenden was recently crowned champion of the Los Cabos Long Drive Classic in late May. In the final round of the match play bracket, Crittenden crushed the ball 417, 420 and finally 425 to win the tournament. He has gone on to finish third in a district qualifier last month at Bryan Park with a drive of 382 yards.
Crittenden is set to compete in the world long drive championship Oct. 23-27 in Mesquite, Nev.
‘Critter’ making drive to top in long driving competition
By STEVE WILLIAMS
You wouldn’t think that the sport of long driving and a game of chess would have any common ground. Grip-it and rip-it doesn’t equate with checkmate. A driving range grid and a chessboard seem hundreds of yards apart.
But in both competitions one move can dictate the next. It was that process that helped Jeff Crittenden to the championship of the Los Cabos Long Drive Classic in late May.
“It’s like a chess match,” said Bobby Bradley, the vice president of The International Competitions of Long Driving and one of the top competitors. “It makes guys think. You get behind early and it’s tough to come back. Critter (Crittenden) applied a lot of pressure to the guys early by putting the ball in the grid with some big numbers. The other guys ended up getting out of their game plan.”
In the final round of the match play bracket, Crittenden crushed the ball 417, 420 and finally 425.
“He put up a 417 with that first ball. It’s tough to hit a 417 when you know you’ve got to hit a 417. The grid gets a little bit tighter.”