About ALD Canada

About ALD Canada

What is Long Drive?


Long drive is a sport where competitors hit a golf ball as far as they can.

It’s exciting to watch, and by being featured on the golf channel, it has captured the attention of golfers worldwide. Participants have two minutes to hit six golf balls and the longest ball that finishes in the grid wins. Fueled by music and cheering from the stands, the energy of the event ‘drives’ competitors to hit the ball as far as possible to win. ALD Canada is a long drive tour composed of a Series of events across Canada. Series events cater to all ages with hitters competing in divisions by age and gender. Once you get your Tour Card, members can compete in any ALD Series worldwide to earn ranking points. Top points winners qualify to enter the ALD World Championships in Myrtle Beach, USA, in August 2019.

Who is ALD Canada?

ALD Canada Tour Commissioner is Fareen Samji, a 5 time ILDC Canadian Long Drive Champion. She brings a wealth of experience from her time as a professional golfer on the mini tours. Far is well-respected in the International long drive community and is passionate about growing the sport in Canada. In 2018 she was named the coach and manager for ILDC Team Canada with a mandate to recruit and develop a national long drive team. Series Directors for ALD Canada are led by professional long drivers or professional golfers ensuring that ALD Series participants will have access to a wealth of information on how to unlock their true distance potential.

To learn more about Far, visit https://farsamji.com/



Adaptive & Military Division Director: Todd Keirstead

Todd Keirstead is a world leader in promoting and empowering individuals of all abilities to the game of golf. His Bring Back The Game program has changed the mind-set of disabled individuals all over the world from “I can’t” to “I can” through the power of adaptive golf.

Todd demonstrates that golf is a sport for everyone regardless of age, gender, physical or mental ability and with that, we are proud to have him as Amateur Long Drive Canada’s Adaptive and Military Division Director.

To learn more about Todd, visit https://www.bringbackthegame.ca


ALD Canada - Alberta Series Director: Dan “Smackintosh’ Mcintosh

High River, Alberta native Dan McIntosh grew up with a hockey stick in his hands. Earning the nickname “Smackintosh” in hockey for his speed, power, and shot, he didn’t stop there! He played college baseball for the University of Calgary Dinos program - a team that he led in home runs and stolen bases. The lessons that Dan has learned from being an athlete in team sports has made him a natural leader in the sport of Long Drive.

Sports have always offered a platform for Dan to be an example of overcoming fears and taking chances. As the Alberta Series Director, Dan will ensure that all ALD Canada participants have access to a wealth of information on how to hit the ball further.


Dan’s team consists of professional long drivers Kevin Blenkhorn and Travis Holland.

To learn more about Dan and his team, visit https://www.worldslongestgolfers.com/

Instagram: @dan.smackintosh

ALD Canada Director - Junior Golf: Deborah Lee Eldridge

Deborah Lee Eldridge is a PGA of Canada Class A Teaching Professional and Head Coach for the Mohawk College Golf Teams.  And in May 2019 Deb will be inducted as an Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member.
Deb was the #1 ranked Amateur in Canada.  She was an Ontario provincial champion 5 times and won the Amateur Championship of France.  Her love of competition led her to continue at the professional level where she played in nearly 200 tournaments, earned 12 victories, and reached the world stage by qualifying as a member of the LPGA Tour.  As a collegiate coach, Deb has led the Mohawk Mountaineers to 9 OCAA medals.
A dedicated teacher and coach, Deb enjoys helping students have fun with the game of golf and learn how to play it better.  She celebrates the improvements of her students whether a new beginner or a seasoned tournament player.
Deb is excited to tell others about ALD Canada as it offers juniors and amateurs a new opportunity to compete in golf in a unique way.
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