Happy Gilmore was a fictional hockey player who decided to try his hand at professional golf. Jamie Sadlowski is the real deal. Once an up and coming Canadian junior hockey player, the slightly built quick forward chose to adapt the motion of his 95 mph slapshot into torque for long drive golf championships. After qualifying with a 367 yard drive at age fifteen, his future was never in doubt.
That was 2003. Sadlowski went to the world junior championships that year and finished fourth. He followed that up with a second place finish in 2004, then won back-to-back world titles in 2005 and 2006, all before his eighteenth birthday. In 2007, after separating his shoulder in a junior hockey game, he chose to leave that sport behind and focus solely on long drive competitions.
Jamie Sadlowski is 5’11” tall, but only weighs 165 pounds. He’s not what you’d expect when envisioning a guy who can hit a golf ball over four hundred yards. His story is one of consistently overcoming adversity. After the shoulder injury, he came back the following year to enter the open championship and nearly knocked himself out in the first round with six misses in the first round. He hit his next four and went on to the win $250,000 first prize.
Winning Money with the Big Stick
The world long drive championship was won by Jamie Sadlowski in 2008 and 2009. He competed in that event until 2016, when he decided to take a shot at professional golf. You can start winning with your long drive this year at the Steve Mitchell Golf Classic.
This year’s tournament will be held on Friday, October 16th, at Lee’s Hill Golf Club in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Prizes will be awarded for longest drive, closest to the pin, and there’s a million dollar hole-in-one contest. If you haven’t registered yet, do it now. The fee is only $75 per golfer and you could walk away a millionaire.