The World Long Drive Association welcomed its newest world champion on Wednesday night, as Maurice Allen (Pine Hills, Fla.) claimed his first world title courtesy of a 393-yard blast on his last ball of the championship match. In the Women’s Division, Phillis Meti (Auckland, New Zealand) captured her third world championship (2006, ’16) to cement herself as one of the most decorated World Long Drive competitors ever.
The boisterous Allen validated his brazen persona by demonstrating his newfound stature as the longest hitter in the world, as he accounted for the three longest drives of the night, one in each of the quarterfinal, semifinal and championship matches (392, 393, 393 yards). In the championship match, Allen was forced to rely on his final ball in order to eclipse Justin Moose (Columbia, S.C.), who connected for 382 yards on his best drive of the match.
“To live a dream that has come true, it’s hard to explain,” Allen said following the victory. “It’s been an amazing ride.”
Meti’s victory on Wednesday night marked her second world title in three years, and tied her for second-most all time in the Women’s Division with Stacey Shinnick (2000, ’02, ’05). Her 317-yard drive in the semifinal match pitted her against Chloe Garner (Johnson City, Tenn.) in the championship, edging Garner’s 310-yard drive with a 313-yard ball to claim the title.
“This is really unbelievable,” Meti said following the win. “When we took a different course earlier this year in terms of training and focus and having the intention to win the World Long Drive Championship again, you know this is just the cherry on the cake.”
OPEN DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
(2) Maurice Allen (Pine Hills, Fla.) def. (8) Justin Moose (Columbia, S.C.)
WOMEN’S DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Phillis Meti (Auckland, New Zealand) def. Chloe Garner (Johnson City, Tenn.)
OPEN DIVISION SEMIFINAL MATCHES
(8) Justin Moose def. (12) Jim Waldron (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
(2) Maurice Allen def. (14) Josh Cassaday (Denver, Colo.)
WOMEN’S DIVISION SEMIFINAL MATCHES:
Chloe Garner def. Emily Tubert (Burbank, Calif.)
Phillis Meti def. Heather Manfredda (Shelbyville, Ky.)
OPEN DIVISION QUARTERFINAL MATCHES
(8) Justin Moose def. (1) Will Hogue (Memphis, Tenn.)
(12) Jim Waldron def. (4) Ryan Steenberg (Rochester, N.Y.)
(14) Josh Cassaday def. (6) Tim Burke (Orlando, Fla.)
(2) Maurice Allen def. (10) Mark Costello (Houston, Texas)
Eddie Fernandes Claimed the Master’s Championship Belt on Tuesday Night, defeating Jeff Gavin with a 373 Yard Blast.