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ParaLong Drive Worlds Oct 16-17

posted Sep 30, 2014, 5:13 PM by Aaron Baker   [ updated Oct 23, 2014, 4:42 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Defending National ParaLong Drive Champion Jared Brentz and runner-up Brendon Jacks will lead a field of disabled long drivers representing 10 countries onOct. 16-17, at the inaugural ParaLong Drive Worlds in Mesquite, Nevada. Brentz and Jacks will tee it up along with 60 amputees, paralyzed and blind golfers at the world's top Long Drive grid at the Mesquite Sports & Event Complex.

"There are many great story lines going into our first 'World' event, but everyone is anxious to see what Jared and Brendon can do in their rematch that will top their first two ParaLong Drive battles in Mesquite," said Bryan Dangerfield, Director of the Mesquite NV ParaLong Drive Local Organizing Committee. "We also look forward to seeing many new competitors from overseas and women for the first time; and to see our wounded soldier and paramobile (paralyzed) divisions becoming even more competitive."

While Brentz, of Nashville, Tenn., won the first two ParaLong Drive titles, it was Jacks, of Prescott Valley, Ariz., who became the first amputee golfer to surpass the 400-yard mark with a 401-yard blast in the early rounds of the Nationals on May 9.  Jacks fell in the next round, but worked his way back to the Championship matchup versus Brentz and won, forcing a playoff in the double-elimination format.  It was during that playoff that Brentz let loose with a 409-yard drive to claim the overall title and became the longest driver ever in ParaLong Drive history.

Hoping to add "World Champion" to their ParaLong Drive Nationals divisional titles are Jesse Florkowski, one-arm unassisted (333 yards); Brad Clayton, one-arm assisted (295); Anthony Netto, paramobile two-arm champ (295); Jake O’Donnell, paramobile one-arm (221); Chris Osborne, leg-above the knee (332), Brendon Jacks, leg-below the knee (401), Jared Brentz, leg-multiple (409); Bob McDermott, leg and arm amputee (304); and Bill Davis, blind (324). Added for the Worlds event will be wounded soldier and women's divisions.

“I am very excited about the enormous opportunity that the City of Mesquite, Local Organizing Committee and the Eureka Casino Resort has provided for ParaLong Drive athletes to showcase their abilities at the world famous ‘Home of Long Drive’, the Mesquite Sports & Event Complex,” said Dean Jarvis, founder of Amputee Long Drive. “It’s more important than ever before to bring together amputee, blind, paralyzed, and other differently abled athletes around the world to achieve a goal that is long overdue…ParaLong Drive and Golf being in the Paralympics.”

Producing and sponsoring many events during the week is the Mesquite NV Local Organizing Committee, City of Mesquite Athletics & Leisure Services, Eureka Casino Resort, Golf Mesquite Nevada, Mesquite Regional Business and other service organizations and businesses.

In addition to the U.S. and Canadian athletes, the international contingency represents Australia, England, Greece, Israel, the Netherlands, South Africa, Scotland and Wales. Others may sign up in the next three weeks. 

The Scottish Disability Golf Partnership, based out of Fife, Scotland, has organized the contingency coming from overseas to participate in the ParaLong Drive Worlds.  After competing in the ParaLong Drive they will play a "Ryder Cup" format golf tournament called the Phoenix Cup.  It will feature disabled golfers playing rounds on Oct. 18-22 at the Palms and Palmer Courses in Mesquite with North America vs. the World.

There will be a last chance qualifier, skills challenge and a recreational division for disabled athletes who want to be a part of the ParaLong Drive experience.

A Welcome Dinner will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m., honoring athletes, sponsors and volunteers. The general public is also invited to hear inspirational stories and meet the athletes. Also in attendance will be members of the media and invited guests from the International Network of Golf and participants in the Mesquite Innovation & Technology Summit (MITS). The ParaLong Drive Worlds dinner is open to the public and tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple. Tickets are available at the Mesquite Recreation Center or from any Local Organizing Committee volunteer.

The MITS event is headlined by teen inventor Easton LaChappelle, who will demonstrate the latest in brain-powered prosthetic robotic devices along with other presenters introducing leading-edge human performance innovations. MITS presentations are on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 4-6 p.m. at the Eureka Casino Resort's Grand Canyon Room.  Admittance is free and open to the public. The event is hosted by Mesquite Regional Business Inc. and the Eureka Casino Resort.

A complete schedule of events, including times for the ParaLong Drive competition on Thursday, Oct. 16 and Friday, Oct. 17, will be posted on the "Mesquite NV ParaLong Drive" Facebook page and at www.ParaLongDrive.org.

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