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ParaLong Drive Nationals - May 8-9, 2014

posted May 5, 2014, 3:23 PM by Joy Eastwood   [ updated May 12, 2014, 8:53 AM by Tyson Kennedy ]


Next week Mesquite will showcase the Olympic and Paralympic movements with a Welcome Dinner and an Olympic Day Opening Ceremony as part of the Mesquite NV ParaLong Drive Nationals competition.

Host cities were selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee and Mesquite proposed to hold its celebration early in conjunction with the ParaLong Drive Nationals. The competition features 24 of the top disabled long ball golfers in the country.

“Anyone who loves Olympic-style competition will enjoy participating in the Olympic Day celebration with our ParaLong Drive athletes,” said Bryan Dangerfield, Mesquite Director of Athletics & Leisure Services and Local Organizing Committee chair. “The dinner will give our volunteers and spectators an opportunity to greet our ParaLong Drivers, wish them well and let them know how much we enjoy having them compete in Mesquite.”

Olympic Day festivities begin with the Welcome Dinner on Thursday, May 8 in the Grand Canyon Room at the Eureka Casino Resort. A cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets to the Dinner are being sold at the Mesquite Recreation Center or from Local Organizing Committee members for a $30 donation per person.

Admission is free to the ParaLong Drive competition and Opening Ceremonies which begin at 8 a.m., on Friday, May 9, at the Mesquite Sports & Event Complex.

“We are honored to be a part Olympic/Paralympic Day and hope that someday ParaLong Drive may be the perfect compromise to introduce golf for disabled athletes to the Paralympics.” said Dean Jarvis, founder of the Amputee Long Drive Championship. “While many people are familiar that golf is an Olympic sport, starting in 2016 in Rio, very few realize it was excluded from the Paralympics.”

In addition to the Olympic Day and ParaLong Drive celebration, Dangerfield said the Dinner is also a “Thank You” to the many volunteers and especially the Local Organizing Committee comprised of area coordinators. They are: Gary Culver (Venue Design and Tee Box setup), Lenora Hutchins (Volunteer coordination, scoring), Dennis Baylor (Grid & Callers), Allen Bell (Timing, PA assistance, Awards), Parry Taylor (Driving Range), Gloria George, Ann Rice (Hospitality), Frank Toddre (Host Hotel/Dinner), Terri Rylander (Marketing and Media Relations), and Geno Withelder (Welcoming Ceremonies).

The next disabled long drive event will be July 17-18 for the Amputee Long Drive Championships in Sevierville, Tenn. The event comes back to the Mesquite Sports & Event Complex for the ParaLong Drive Worlds on Oct. 16-17, when North will tee off with athletes from Scotland, England, Netherlands, Greece, Pakistan, Spain and New Zealand for their respective World titles.

Other disabled golf championships will be held on golf courses in Mesquite this year with the North American One-Armed Golf Association National Championship event in June and the North American Disability Golf Partnership will have their Phoenix Cup Golf Tournament in October (North America vs. Rest of the world in a Ryder Cup format).

For additional information log on to www.amputeelongdrivechampionships.com and https://www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVParaLongDrive or call (702) 346-8732.

Mesquite NV ParaLong Drive Nationals 2014 Schedule

 

May 8, Thursday


Welcome Athletes, Olympic Day, “Thank You” Volunteers
Eureka Casino Resort – Grand Canyon Room
Public Welcome-- $30 per ticket

Cocktail Reception, 6 p.m.
Welcome Dinner, 7-9 p.m.



May 9, Friday

Olympic Day Celebration
ParaLong Drive Nationals
Mesquite Sports & Event Complex, 1635 Bertha How Avenue
Public Welcome, Admission Free

Opening Ceremonies, 8 a.m.

Competition Begins, 8:30 a.m.
Super Qualifier: Paralyzed, Arm, Leg Divisions
Championship Rounds, Match Play

Award Ceremonies, approximately 12:30-1 p.m.

Match Play Champions from Double-Elimination Rounds: Leg, Arm, Paramobile Paralyzed

Super Qualifier Champions: Open, Open: 40-49, Open: 50 plus, Multiple Amputee, Arm & Leg Amputee, Leg-Above Knee, Leg-Below Knee, Arm-Assisted, Arm–Unassisted, Wounded Veteran, Blind, Quadruple Amputee