ALDC Format – Asia Long Drive Championship Events
Whether you are competing in the Open, Ladies, Senior or Junior divisions, there are three stages that include Local, Regional, and Championship qualifying events. Each are discussed in more detail below:
Local Qualifiers – If you are new to the sport of long drive, competiting in a local ALDC qualifying event will establish your qualifying drive distance. Hitters pay an entry for each attempt and are given 2 minutes and 30 seconds to hit 6 drives. The distance for each drive landing within the boundaries is recorded and the longest drive counts as the hitter’s score. As time permits, you can pay to make as many attempts as desired.
Regional Qualifiers – The field for a Regional Qualifier is derived from local qualifying events conducted across the ALDC affiliated countries such as: Japan, Korea, China, Thailand, New Zealand and Australia etc.
Championship Qualifiers – To qualify for the ALDC – Asia Long Drive Championship, competitors must have proven his or her position as the top 32 Open, 32 Seniors, and 32 Ladies hitters. Long drivers will be grouped into pods of sixteen round robin eliminations with the top half of the pod advancing to the next round. This will determine the top 8 Open Division, top 8 Senior Division, and top 8 Ladies Division hitters to compete in match play for the ALDC Asia Long Drive Championship.
The Asia Long Drive Championship (“ALDC”) operates or sanctions long drive competitions throughout Asia, including but not limited to, local or regional Long Drive Qualifying Series events, ALDC Tour events, and the ALDC Asia Championship. All competitions are open to anyone who meets the criteria set forth herein. Depending on participation levels, the ALDC may divide Hitters into different Divisions.
Minimum Drive 280 yards
Minimum Drive 200 yards
Men 45+ Minimum Drive 240 yards
Boys and Girls Junior
Minimum Drive 200 yards
Each competitor is given six balls to achieve his or her longest possible drive in two (2) minutes and thirty (30) seconds on the clock. To record a “qualified drive”, the long driver’s ball must land and come to rest within the specified boundaries of the grid. A hitter’s ball touching any part of the grid boundary will be considered “In Play”. Regardless as to whether the hitter’s ball comes back in bounds, the ball may not contact any obstruction or surface outside the defined grid. Should a competitor’s ball touch another hitter’s ball within the designated grid, both balls will be in play where they come to rest.
Balls – At all sanctioned ALDC competitions, hitters are required to use the golf ball provided by the ALDC.
Tees – Any tee used during a ALDC competition must conform to USGA Rules of Golf (Appendix IV – Devices and Other Equipment – Rule II).
Clubs – Golf clubs used in ALDC-sanctioned competitions must appear on the United States Golf Association (USGA) Conforming List, which is available at www.USGA.org. Moreover, any clubs used in ALDC competitions must conform with the USGA Rules of Golf (Appendix II, 1c), which limits club length to a maximum of forty-eight inches.