Pinnacle Hosts Another Long-Drive Contest


Following what company officials called a 'wildly successful'' inaugural campaign that saw recreational golfers walk off with more than $1 million in cash prizes, the Pinnacle golf ball brand will host a second season of its Pinnacle Distance Challenge. The second season will begin Feb. 22 at the EastWood Golf Club in Orlando.
The Pinnacle Challenge offers amateur golfers of all levels an opportunity to compete against some of the world's longest drivers in a series of 10 regional events. One winner from each regional will advance to the Pinnacle Distance Challenge Finals in Mesquite, Nev., on Oct. 16. Last year, nine finalists earned $100,000 each.
After Orlando, the 2003 circuit will visit Phoenix (Mar. 22), Dallas (Apr. 26), Denver (May 3), Philadelphia (May 31), Boston (June 7), Minneapolis (June 28), St. Louis (July 5), Sacramento (July 26), and Los Angeles (Aug. 2).
In the event, amateur golfers are invited to come out and swing for the fences. At each event, 10 contestants will qualify to challenge one of two Pinnacle Distance Team hosts. A pre-qualification contest is the morning of each Pinnacle Distance Challenge event.
The day's 10 longest drivers make up the pool of challengers for the day's main event and will take their best shot against Pinnacle Distance Team members for a potential $15,000 and an invitation to the finals.
In the qualifying round, contestants hit three balls into a traditional long drive grid, ranging from 50 to 70 yards wide and up to 400 yards deep. In the finals, contestants have five balls to post a yardage to compare against a drive posted by one of the two Pinnacle Distance Team member hosts.
'The Pinnacle Distance Challenge follows the same premise as the old 'Tough Man' competitions, where average people enter the ring for a chance to knock out the champion,' said George Sine, Vice President, Golf Ball Marketing and Strategic Planning for Acushnet.
'In this case, golfers have the opportunity to out-drive members of the elite Pinnacle Distance Team for cash prizes, he added. All told, there is a potential of more than $2.5 million on the line.'

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