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    THACKERVILLE, Okla. – The 2019 World Long Drive season wrapped up in spectacular fashion, with Chloe Garner (Somerset West, South Africa) and Kyle Berkshire (Orlando, Fla.) cementing themselves as the latest duo to join the select club of World Long Drive Champions. Garner found redemption against Phillis Meti (Auckland, New Zealand) in the championship match after finishing runner-up to the No. 1 ranked hitter in the Women’s Division two of the previous three years in the season-culminating event.
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    THACKERVILLE, Okla. – Tuesday night’s clash between two past champions in the Masters Division saw Jeff Crittenden (Greensboro, N.C.) claim his second world championship title belt in three years, taking down defending world champion Eddie Fernandes (Winter Garden, Fla.) with a 388-yard blast on the final ball of the night. “This feels better than the first one,” said Crittenden.
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    The two most-recent Masters Division world champions: Eddie Fernandes (2018) and Jeff Crittenden (2017), will meet in tonight’s Masters Division championship match live on Golf Channel. Fernandes, who was battling some pain in his left arm, also competed in the Open Division.
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    Stacey Shinnick’s foray into the world of long drive happened purely by happenstance. No one in Shinnick’s family had ever played golf, and when she decided to pick up a club for the first time, she was in her late 20s.
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    The ultimate stage is set for the longest hitters in the world, as Monday identified the 16 men and eight women that will be on display during Tuesday night’s live primetime telecast of the 44th World Long Drive Championship. The Open Division Round of 16 will feature nine hitters ranked in the top-20 in the world, including No. 1 Kyle Berkshire and No. 2 Tim Burke.
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    2018 World Long Drive champion Maurice Allen is attempting to become the first repeat winner in the Open Division since Jamie Sadlowski (2008-’09), after advancing on Sunday afternoon to the Round of 32. “Nobody has gone back to back since Sadlowski, so it’s been 10 years.
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    Mikael Dubois – winner of the Military Division at the Exchange Celebrating Service: Fort Jackson event in May – was uncertain of whether he’d even be able to compete in the World Long Drive Championship this week. With an exemption into the field set in stone courtesy of his 326-yard drive on his eighth and final ball in the Military Division final, the question really came down to timing and logistics working in his favor.
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    Even though Jamie Sadlowski’s dominant reign on the World Long Drive circuit all occurred before turning 30-years-old, the mark he left on the sport remains large. Sadlowski didn’t match the traditional frame of a long driver that fans are accustomed to seeing when watching on TV.
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    When it comes to long drive champions, Jason Zuback’s name is at the top of the list, right next to Sandra Carlborg (Women’s Division). Over the course of his career, Zuback won a total of five long drive titles, with four of those coming in succession between 1996 and 1999.
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