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. “Coming out of a strong field, I hit some good shots and had some luck on my side. I know Eddie didn’t hit his best ball, [but] I hit a good one. As soon as I hit it, I knew it should be by him.”
Eight men and four women also advanced from the Open and Women’s Divisions, and they’ll reconvene on Wednesday night where they’ll try to join Crittenden as fellow 2019 World Long Drive champions. Wednesday’s matches will be:
OPEN DIVISION QUARTERFINAL MATCHES:(1) Kyle Berkshire (Orlando, Fla.) vs. (9) Mark Costello (Fort Worth, Texas)(5) Justin Moose (Columbia, S.C.) vs (13) Jordan Brooks (Tamworth, England)(11) Rob Tiettmeyer (Windermere, Fla.) vs. (14) Emil Rosberg (Gothenburg, Sweden)(2) Tim Burke (Orlando, Fla.) vs. (10) Mitch Grassing (Kitchener, Ont., Canada)
WOMEN’S DIVISION SEMIFINAL MATCHES:(1) Phillis Meti (Auckland, New Zealand) vs. (4) Troy Mullins (Los Angeles, Calif.)(2) Chloe Garner (Somerset West, South Africa) vs. Alexis Belton (Ruston, La.)
In the Open Division, Kyle Berkshire provided some early fireworks when he waited until his eighth and final ball against Tommy Hug to find a winning number of 426 yards. The No. 1 ranked Berkshire didn’t appear to fear the moment and found the form that has carried him to two straight wins – ROC City Rumble and Tennessee Bash for Cash.
Mark Costello set the high mark of the night with a 455-yard bomb in his match against Wes Patterson.
In the Women’s Division, Phillis Meti connected on a 348-yard drive in her quarterfinal match against Alex Phillips (333 yards). Meti is looking for her fourth World Long Drive Championship, and third in four years.