Bombs fly Wednesday night at Morgan Stanley Long Drive

The 2021 Greatest Golfer week is here, and it launches Wednesday with the 2021 Morgan Stanley / The Waypoint Group Greatest Long Drive & Par 3 Shootout Under the Lights. The annual Wednesday event has become a traditional launch to the 54-hole Farmers National Bank Greatest stroke play tourney that starts Friday. The Valley’s biggest and best hitters will swing away Wednesday, Aug. 11 at Tippecanoe Country Club. The show starts after 6 p.m. We will award Ladies and Mens winners in Long Drive and one champ in the Par 3. Prizes are sponsored by Tippecanoe and Golf Headquarters. The long drive event features a past-champs slug fest. Three of the ladies competitors are all past champs. Last year’s mens finalists Ken Keller and Griffin Todd will get a reset. (Photo above. Keller won on a final shot.) But past champs Nick Braydich, Patsy Daltorio and Ryan Monahan will ensure it’s not a cakewalk to 330+ yards. Long Drive roster: Felicia Drevna Tracie Schmidt Lauren Martauz Ryan Monahan Paul Cene African Grant Randy Braham Jason Pridon Noah Zoldan Geo Naples Brian Kordupel Griffin Todd Ken Keller Patsy Daltorio Nick Braydich In the Par 3 event, back-to-back Tippe club champ Jason McDowell will lead a who’s who of Valley golf. Reigning Greatest champ Brandon Pluchinsky is in the field, as are past winners Jonah Karzmer and Joey Cilone. Former pro golfer Garrett Frank will give them all a run. Ladies will be led by YSU grad Katie Rogner and Otterbein University’s Jackie Adler. The Par 3 Roster: Jackie Adler Jenna Jacobson Katie Rogner Josh Zarlenga Jonah Karzmer Brandon Pluchinsky Phil Eubank Joey Cilone Dave Kilgore Richard Gent Garrett Frank Eddie Maughan This event is weather dependent.