HICKORY, N.C. – Maurice Allen extended his form of late as the hottest competitor on the World Long Drive circuit. The new world No. 1 took his place atop the rankings after beating Hickory-native Trent Scruggs in the finals with a 395 yard drive on Sunday. Allen went back-to-back, winning for the second time in as many events, tallying his third win in total on the season.
Scruggs grew up playing the game at the host venue, Catawba Country Club, and boasts former club champion honors there. As Hickory’s longest hitter, Scruggs got the chance to show off his skills at the Hickory Crawdads game Saturday night.
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“I think it’s safe to say I was more nervous throwing the first pitch out than I was in the finals,” Scruggs said. “Being a former pitcher, I felt the pressure to throw a strike and not one hop it. Luckily I threw a strike and didn’t embarrass myself.”
He threw a strike and hit it out of the park…not bad for a Saturday night!
Three’s a Crowd
Allen notched his third win of the season, the most of any competitor this year.
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Despite all the excitement after his Mile High win, Allen got down to business when he stepped on the grid at Catawba. An early leader in the preliminary and double elimination rounds, Allen cruised past his opponents in the match play rounds. When it came down to the final, Scruggs couldn’t catch Allen, despite the former’s 382-yard drive.
GRID: Catawba Country Club, Hickory, N.C.
LOCAL & REGIONAL QUALIFYING RESULTS: Four men qualified for the 2017 Volvik World Long Drive Championship on Saturday and Sunday through local and regional qualifying. Day 1 saw Walter Pusiol (394) and Benjamin Raymond (353) advance, followed by Jacob Golliday (386) and Daniel Moorehead (379) on Day 2.
Brady Torbit had his best showing this year, making his first semi-final appearance of the season. He fell to the eventual winner, Allen, after finding the grid only once. However, his 395 yard drive was a great effort on his last ball, but Allen still edged him out by two yards.
Allen and Scruggs met in the final match where Scruggs struggled to find the grid. Allen faired better, boasting three monster drives to top the Hickory hometown hero.
UPDATED WORLD LONG DRIVE RANKINGS: Allen made the most notable jump in the rankings–going from No. 5 to No. 1. Reisbeck dropped a spot while James stayed at No. 3. After losing his No. 1 ranking last week, Will Hogue dropped from No. 2 to No. 4 after not competing this week. Tim Burke, also not competing, remained at No. 5.
LOOKING AHEAD: Players not already in the field will have the “Last Chance Qualifier” (Aug. 31-Sept. 1)–where 20 spots are up for grabs–to try to secure their spots in the 2017 Volvik World Long Drive Championship. The season-ending event will feature a 96-man field competing for a $270,000 purse. The Women’s Division will feature a field of 32 competitors vying for a purse of $40,000. The event will return to WinStar World Casino & Resort (Thackerville, Okla.) for a third consecutive year, following a multi-year extension as the host site. For the full 2017 World Long Drive Association schedule, visit https://www.worldlongdrive.com/schedule/.
2017 VOLVIK WORLD LONG DRIVE CHAMPIONSHIP: August 31 – September 6 at WinStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma. Live coverage on Golf Channel Tuesday, September 5 and Wednesday, September 6 from 9-11 p.m. ET each night