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posted Oct 14, 2014, 11:52 AM by Aaron Baker   [ updated Oct 23, 2014, 4:45 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]
Following a recent appearance on the Ellen Show, one-armed golfer and three and a half-year-old Tommy Morrissey and his parents, Joe and Marcia, will join Bailey Mosier of the Golf Channel as featured guests Thursday at the ParaLong Drive Worlds Welcome Dinner in Mesquite, Nevada. The Reception begins at 6 p.m., and Dinner at 7 p.m., in the Town Square Room at the Eureka Casino Resort.

In addition to an appearance at the Welcome Dinner, Tommy will be invited to hit the ceremonial first tee shot at 8:30 a.m. on Friday during the Opening Ceremonies on the tee box at the Mesquite Sports & Event Complex. He will hit the first ball with a selected one-armed ParaLong Driver.

“We are extremely excited to join the ParaLong Drive team and the gifted athletes gathering in Mesquite from around the world to participate and celebrate tremendous individual achievement,” said Joe Morrissey. ”It is an honor for us to have our son Tommy hit the ceremonial ‘first ball’ and represent all individuals with physical challenges in such a special way! “

Morrissey continued; “We hope Tommy's story and participation in ParaLong Drive inspires individuals of all ages with physical challenges and gives them strength to pick up the clubs with a goal of being a ParaLong Drive participant and Grip and Rip it!“

Mosier, of NBC Universal’s Golf Channel, is an on-air host and reporter for the 24-hour network, and is an award-winning writer for GolfChannel.com. Mosier has appeared on “Morning Drive” and “Golf Central.” She currently hosts two weekly web-exclusive shows on GolfChannel.com – “Grill Room” and “Big Breakdown.”

“It is our pleasure to have the Morrisseys join Bailey for an incredible evening as we honor perseverance and sportsmanship and pay tribute to an international group of disabled golfers and the sponsors and volunteers of the ParaLong Drive Worlds,” said Bryan Dangerfield, director of the Mesquite NV ParaLong Drive Local Organizing Committee.


The public is invited and a limited number of tickets are available for $30 per person. Tickets are available at the Mesquite Recreation Center or from any Local Organizing Committee volunteer. Dress is golf casual. Additional information is at www.ParaLongDrive.org or by calling 702-346-8732.

Golf Channel will showcase ParaLong Drive athletes this week with feature stories on ALDC founder Dean Jarvis Tuesday (Oct. 13) and one-arm golfer Brad Clayton Wednesday (Oct. 14). The segments will be featured during the popular Golf News Shows on the Morning Drive (7 AM Eastern/4 AM Pacific) and Golf Central (6 PM Eastern/3 PM Pacific).

On Friday following the two-day ParaLong Drive Worlds competition, Golf Channel's Bailey Mosier will do a live interview of the ParaLong Drive World Champion (8 PM Eastern/5 PM Pacific), on the tee box at the World Famous Mesquite Sports & Event Complex.

A ParaLong Drive Worlds highlight segment will air on Monday (Oct. 20) during the Morning Drive program.

The ParaLong Drive Worlds begins on Wed. (Oct. 15) with a Skills Challenge (putting and chipping) at the Conestoga Golf Club. The first two rounds of ParaLong Drive is on Thursday (Oct. 16) and the Championship rounds on Friday (Oct. 17) at the Mesquite Sports & Event Complex.

For more ParaLong Drive information including event schedules, player bios, videos and results are posted at www.ParaLongDrive.org, YouTube Channel and Facebook at “Mesquite NV ParaLong Drive” and Twitter @ParaLongDrive.
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