2006-08-23 / Front Page

Going long again

J.D. Murkerson earns spot in world long drive championship

J. D. Murkerson will return to the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship again this year which will take place at the Palms Golf Club in Mesquite, Nev. on Oct. 24-28.

Murkerson qualified for the world championship event this past weekend with a win at the District 9 competition in Laurel, Miss., which annually yields some of the heftiest qualifying numbers, and features some of the top long drivers in the southern United States.

He boomed a 425-yard shot to win the final round of competition. He hit a 440-yard shot in the first round. J. D. qualified for district competition by winning a local qualifying event in Atlanta with a 345-yard shot.

A week earlier to his win in Mississippi, J.D. hit the longest drive in a district competition in Greesboro, N.C., but failed to keep it in the the 40-yard wide grid.

"It can get to be addicting if you let it," J. D. told Greensboro News-Record sportswriter Robert Bell. "But it's like any other sport. If you want to be the best, you've got to work at it."

Bell noted that J.D. was like many other long drive die-hards who spend their summers traveling to compete in district tournaments across the Southeast to give themselves the best chance of advancing to the world finals.

But, it's more than just a dream to compete with an international field of 270-plus long drive specialists in the $500,000 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship. The winner of the open division competition takes home $150,000 and has the chance to garners a number of endorsements and sponsors.

Already, J.D. has caught the eye of the folks at Bang Golf who have signed him to a one-year equipment deal.

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