Category: Jamie Sadlowski

November 17, 2012

Long-drive champ Jamie Sadlowski destroys Golf Channel simulator

Posted at 2:28 PM by

There are so many great moments in this video. First "Morning Drive" host Gary Williams playfully jabs long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski before they hit into Golf Channel's fancy simulator.

"I don't let people come into my house and push me around," Williams crows. Then Sadlowski steps up and hits a drive so hard it blows through the net, and then through the screen of the simulator.

Williams then replies, "This contest is officially over!"

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September 13, 2011

Long-drive champ Sadlowski to make first Nationwide start

Posted at 5:15 PM by Cameron Morfit

Sadlowski_Boise BOISE, Idaho -– It's hardly unusual for Jamie Sadlowski to captivate fans with his astonishingly long tee shots at a PGA or Nationwide tour event, as he has at the Albertsons Boise Open this week.

What's unprecedented is the two-time Re/Max World Long Drive champion, who played in a skins game against John Daly on Monday, and who was scheduled to put on a clinic at 5 p.m. Tuesday, will stick around to play in the Nationwide tournament itself -- his first start in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event.

"It'll be interesting," said Sadlowski, whose firepower is such that he can't hit driver on some of the shorter par 4s at Boise's Hillcrest C.C. "I haven't really played competitive golf since I was 16."

Sadlowski's high-end clubhead spead is 148 mph, and his peak ball velocity is 215 mph. He drove the green on Hillcrest's 359-yard, par-4 10th hole Monday -- with a 14-degree hybrid. Daly, who'd never seen him up-close, was flabbergasted. A portion of the Boise State marching band played as they teed off.

Sadlowski made $7,750 for the Treasure Valley YMCA in the skins game. Daly won $17,250 for the Boise State men's and women's golf teams. (Daly, 45, will also play in the tournament.) Sadlowski played nine holes with Jason Gore early Tuesday, and after lunch worked on his putting stroke. He's been so busy, he said, he hasn't had much time to practice for this week. Other than a few games at Whisper Rock, the club he belongs to in Scottsdale, Ariz., he hasn't played much regular golf at all.

"I've done 40 outings already this year," he said. "We've had to turn work down. It's been crazy."

Dennis "The Chief" Paulson, the 1985 long-drive champion, is the last man to transition from long-driving to a career on the PGA Tour. Sadlowski has said he hopes to break Jason "Golfzilla" Zuback's record of five Re/Max titles before potentially moving on to regular competitive golf. After his last day in Boise on Friday, or Sunday if he makes the cut, Sadlowski, who is Canadian, plans to put away the clubs and spend at least two weeks at his new home in St. Paul, Alberta.

He won't have much down time. The 2011 Re/Max in Mesquite, Nev., is Nov. 4, and Sadlowski has something to prove. He lost in the semifinals last year.

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(Photo: Courtesy of Albertsons Boise Open)

November 05, 2010

Sadlowski upset at Re/Max World Long Drive Championship

Posted at 2:01 PM by Cameron Morfit

Sadlowski-hp_372x248 Jamie Sadlowski, the two-time defending Re/Max World Long Drive champion who was featured in the November issue of Golf Magazine, was beaten in the semifinals by England's Joe Miller, who went on to win the 2010 Re/Max in Mesquite, Nev., on Friday.

Sadlowski could only manage a 388-yard drive in his semifinal with Miller, whose 396-yard drive knocked out the 22-year-old sensation from Alberta, Canada.

Miller, one of the top hitters in Europe, then went on to beat Domenic Mazza in the final with a 414-yard smash that easily bested Mazza's 371-yard effort.

Sadlowski, whose relatively small size (5-11, 168 pounds) is rare in the sport, saw a few dangerous competitors fail to make the elite eight Friday.

The quarterfinals featured neither Jason Zuback, a former amateur powerlifter from Alberta, Canada, who has won the title a record five times, nor Mike Dobbyn, a 6-8, 300-pound mountain of a man who was the last person other than Sadlowski to win the Re/Max, in 2007.

That Sadlowski then failed to make the final two was perhaps the biggest shocker of all. He is the youngest hitter to achieve stardom on the long-drive circuit, but he has maintained his titles are no sure thing. Wind and temperature are huge factors in this event, which annually draws in excess of 10,000 competitors who attempt to qualify for the finals.

Temperatures were in the mid-70s with no wind Friday.

The competition will air on ESPN2 at 2 p.m. ET on Christmas day, and on ESPN at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 26. To see Sadlowski in action, watch the video below. To learn more about him and how to unleash your power game, go to our power section.

Photo: Angus Murray

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