How many longest drive contests have you participated in?
I’ve been doing Long Drive competitions since 2008 and participate in 4-8 events a year. It has been a great hobby for me.
When did you start playing golf?
I started playing golf when I was 13 and was immediately hooked to the game.
How did you get involved in longest drive contests?
Around Christmas in 2007 my sister and I watched the Re/Max World Long Drive on ESPN. As I laughed at the guys yelling at their golf balls I told her it looked easy. My sister, being the motivator and supporter she is, signed me up that following spring. I soon realized it wasn’t that easy to not yell at your golf ball.
Can you talk a little bit about your number 2 ranking at the 2011 Re/Max World Long Drive Championship?
2011 was a very successful year for me. My confidence was built up from finishing in top 5 for 5 of the 6 events I did prior to the World Finals. As the 2011 World Finals came and went, I ended up just short of my goal of being #1 in the world. My longest ball during the World Finals was 437 yards. Although I’ve still been unsuccessful of winning the Super Bowl of Long Drive, I’m happy my ranking hasn’t fallen out of the top 10.
What other tournaments/contests have you participated in?
I don’t really golf as much as I did before so outside of Long Drive my participation is minimal.
There have been a few opportunities to use your skills to give back – can you talk a little bit about that?
The golf course is a great place to host charity events. I’ve been able to participate in a few. I’m normally on the tee box of a par 5 or long par 4 and anyone that has golfed before knows distance makes the game that much more difficult. My job is to be the golfer’s therapist and ease the stress by making what was a long par 4 into a putt for eagle.
Ben Tua’one, is an Operations Manager for OnTrac in Salt Lake City, UT.