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Dave Walsh: Sadlowski driving interest in long ball competition

Sep. 28, 2013 @ 11:35 PM

After seeing bomber deluxe Jamie Sadlowski launch golf ball after golf ball during a Sept. 9 clinic at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course, my interest level has increased for the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship.

Sadlowski, 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, was the long drive champion in 2008 and 2009.

He’ll be one of eight contestants vying for the 2013 title and a $250,000 prize Oct. 30 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Golf Channel will air the finals live from 9 to 11 p.m.

The elite group of long drivers known as the “October 8” will be featured on a series of shows on The Golf Channel leading up to the finale. Dates are Oct. 9, 16 and 23 at 9 p.m.

NBC will show a 60-minute recap of the entire long drive competition Dec. 28 at 4 p.m.

Open qualifying wrapped up Friday at Mesquite Sports and Events Complex in Mesquite, Nev. In addition, champions were crowned in six other divisions as well during competition held Sept. 18-27.

 In addition to Sadlowski, members of the “October 8” are Tim Burke, Matt Hanger, Patrick Hopper, Will Hogue, Tyler Kellett, Aaron Mansfield and Joe Miller (2010 world champion from London).

 Sadlowski had little trouble getting through. He competed in Group 20 and won Round 1 with a best of 473 yards, Round 2 with a personal-best 475 and took second in Round 5 (461). The Canadian stayed in the winner’s bracket and won Round 9 with 433 and Round 11 with 403.

 In the Super 16 on Friday, Sadlowski beat A.J. Evans in a winner’s bracket semifinal to advance to the Elite 8.

The other division winners were: Masters, NBA legend Rick Barry, 334; Women, Heather LeMaster, 306; Grand Champions, Bobby Wilson, 365; Super Seniors, Pat Dempsey, 359; Legends, Miguel Jaime, 340; and Senior, Stephen Kennedy, 343.

Visit www.longdrivers.com for all the details.

HOT SPOT: Greenbrier Resort owner Jim Justice had to be elated when he read the Fall issue of Links Golf Magazine. The article by Brian McCallen rated the Top 25 Golf Resorts of the World. Criteria for grading included location, golf, hotel, dining and service.

Justice’s premier facility made the Top 25.

The Greenbrier, located in White Sulphur Springs, has Old White TPC, Greenbrier and Meadows courses. Old White TPC is home to the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic. Three others who made the list and where area golfers might have traveled are Kiawah Island (S.C.) Golf Resort; Pebble Beach (Calif.) Resort and Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort.

The complete list is available at www.linksmagazine.com.

4 H.E.L.P. SCRAMBLE: Marshall’s Paul E. Skeens Memorial Scramble for H.E.L.P. IS scheduled Oct. 4 at Riviera Country Club. Entry fee $100.

Sponsorships available. Shotgun start at 1 p.m. Contact Diana Porter, 304-696-5220.

FAIRLAND FUNDRAISER: Fairland High School Scramble is Oct. 13 at Diamond Links Golf Course in Cannonsburg, Ky. Shotgun start 1:30 p.m. Entry fee $65. Proceeds benefit Fairland athletics. Contact Mike Warner, 606-922-6970 or mikewarner@att.net or Todd Riley, 304-633-8207 or todd.riley@ymail.com.

PAR 3 TOURNAMENT: Par 3 Shootout is Oct. 13 at Esquire G.C. Entry fee $20 plus green fee. Shotgun start 1 p.m. Call 304-736-1476.

RIVERSIDE SCRAMBLE: Riverside Pro-Am Scramble is Oct. 27 at Riverside Golf Course in Mason. Teams may consist of one pro and three amateurs or four amateurs. All play from back tees. Entry fee $500 per team. Shotgun start 10 a.m. First prize $5,000 based on 30 teams. Call 304-773-5354 or 1-800-261-3031.

NOTORIETY: Eagle Ridge Golf Course at Yatesville Lake State Park near Louisa, Ky., is one of the Top 10 courses in Kentucky for 2013-14, according to Golf Digest magazine. Eagle Ridge came in at No. 10. It was just one of two public courses on the list. Full list at www.golfdigest.com/golf-courses/kentucky.

David Walsh covers golf for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2759 or dwalsh@heralddispatch.com.

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