World class long-drive competitor comes to NU

Staff photo by Fritz Busch World Long-Ball competitor Rob Tiettmeyer of Orlando hits a tee shot on No. 9 at the Cathedral Golf Classic at the New Ulm Country Club Aug. 6. Anyone who donates and holes out from 100 to 125 yards out, taking Tiettmeyer’s tee shot from a bucket of balls, wins golf trip to Pebble Beach worth $5,000.

NEW ULM — A world class long drive competitor displayed his prowess, smacking tee shots nearly out of sight on No. 9 at the New Ulm Country Club Aug. 6.

Rob Tiettmeyer, 30, used all of his six foot, four inch frame to power a golf ball 370 yards or so. He was helping raise money for the Cathedral Golf Classic.

Golfers had the option of donating cash to team up with Tiettmeyer on the 499-yard, Par 5 hole. Anyone who holed out from 100 to 125 yards (hole in 2), would win roundtrip airfare for two to San Francisco, two nights at Pebble Beach Lodge and three rounds of golf for two at Pebble Beach and nearby Spyglass and Spanish Bay. The prize was valued at $5,000.

Golfing since he was three years old, Tiettmeyer has finished second and third in the World Long Drive Championships several times since 2012.

He has hit a tee shot as far as 458 yards.

How does he do it?

“With flexibility and strength,” Tiettmeyer said.

Tiettmeyer, of Orlando, Fl., called the New Ulm Country Club “a hidden gem” of a golf course.

“This is my first trip to Minnesota,” Tiettmeyer said. “I’m very impressed. Everything is very nice.”

Professional long drivers average more than 355 yards in competition, compared to a 305-yard average for the top PGA Tour drivers and 225 yards for an average amateur.

The world record, recognized by Guiness World Records is 516 yards by Mike Austin at the U.S. Senior National Open Qualifier in 1974 with a 43.5 inch, steel-shafted persimmon wood driver.

Long-drivers train for strength, flexibility and speed, hitting balls at nearly double the speed of an average golfer (220 mph). They often perform corporate exhibitions for money, exhibiting a variety of trick shots.

Tiettmeyer competes in long-drive contests in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Nevada.

Fritz Busch can be emailed at fbusch@nujournal.com.

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