A news report when she was a teen sparked Irene Crowchild’s interest in long drive competitions.
She’s come a long way since that day.
Crowchild of Tsuut’ina Nation, Alberta, was the women’s champion of the Canadian Long Drive Championships, which took place at Stark’s Golf Course in Port Rowan over the Labour Day long weekend.
Crowchild cited Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk as her inspiration for getting into long drive competitions when she was 16.
“I saw it on the news and that’s where the dream started.”
Crowchild overcame many obstacles to get to where she is today.
The now 29-year-old battled with addictions and had to put her dream of competing on hold for five years.
“When I found sobriety, that’s when I told myself I’d give it an honest go with this golf,” she said. “Golf has always been a passion. That golf passion turned into a long drive passion.”
Between 10,000 and 20,000 drives was Crowchild’s best estimate of how many balls she hit before heading to the Canadian championship.