Valley's longest hitters take aim at inaugural Greatest Driver title

Jim Armeni of Salem Hills was the top qualifier on Saturday at Tippecanoe Country Club, crushing his first tee shot 330 yards to earn a spot in Monday’s championship at The Lake Club.

“The train of thought was, first swing get one out there smooth and if it was in play have at it,” said Armeni. “I guess it only took one to get the number and then after that I was free to swing as I pleased.”

His challengers on Monday will be Andrew Kalman of Northwood Golf Course, who saved the best drive for last hitting his fourth and final shot 328 yards.

The third qualifier on Saturday in the men’s division was Jason Murdock of East Palestine Country Club.

A total of 29 golfers competed in the inaugural Greatest Driver of the Valley. There were six women in the field and the top three separated themselves from the rest.

Abby Cook of Pine Lakes took the top qualifying spot with a longest drive of 228 yards.

Pam Porter of The Lake Club, with a drive of 213 yards, and Felicia Drevna of Tippecanoe Country Club, with 212 yards, were the other two qualifiers.

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