OSHAWA, Ont. – Former Ontario Tech golfer and men’s hockey player Brendan Wise will represent Canada this September at the Amateur Long Drive (ALD) world championship at Cog Hill Golf Club in Chicago.
From 2010-15 he was a member of the men’s hockey program, finishing with 35 goals and 64 points in 127 OUA regular season games. He also played for the golf team in 2013 and 2014.
“Having the facilities and support to work on my game while being on the golf team was key to staying competitive,” said Wise. “A long drive event is like a competitive hockey tourney mixed with the fun of a casual league.”
This summer in the Amateur Long Drive Canada Ontario qualifying series, Wise finished fourth with 2250 points, earning himself a spot on the Canadian squad going to Chicago. His total was just 50 ahead of Jimmy Romas for the final spot, while the top three include Shawn Moreau, Colton Kalkanis and Sandy Porter.
“I feel I always hit the ball pretty far and wanted to see where I measured up to people who did it as more than just a hobby,” he said. “I have been doing long drive off and on for seven years, mainly trying to qualify for the professional long drive championship.”
As a competitive golfer originally, Wise said that helps with the long drive competition, but that the two are definitely different. He’s happy to have found the long drive aspect of the game because he really enjoys everything about golf.
“Golf has helped my long drive for the sake of hitting the ball straight and in the grid,” he said. “I can’t say long drive helps the golf game fully. You sacrifice a bit of feel in your golf game when you train for long drive because you get used to hitting everything full tilt, but playing golf helps keep your swing in line.”
The ALD world championship runs from September 11-19.
“I just hope to have a good performance at worlds in a month in Chicago, enjoy the team competition and hitting for Canada.”