Jared Brentz grew up in an ultra-competitive household with a brother who has since become a top prospect with the Boston Red Sox.
But after having both his legs amputated at the age of 13, Brentz had to channel his competitiveness in other directions.
On Friday, in the championship round of the ParaLong Drive Nationals at the Mesquite Sports & Event Complex, Brentz broke the record for a long drive by by a golfer with an amputated leg with a drive of 409 yards.
Brentz, of Nashville, Tenn., bested the 401 yard record of Brandon Jacks of Prescott Valley, Ariz., from earlier in the day.
“It was a long day and I didn’t really know if I had it in me,” Brentz said. “Brandon and I have built a pretty strong friendship through these events. I talk to him pretty much every day.”
The event included 20 golfers competing in varoius divisions.
Besides Brentz’ record drive, the event also included Jesse Fiorkowski’s record 333-yard drive for a one-armed golfer. Prior to Friday, no one-armed golfer had surpassed 300 yards. Fiorkowski did it seven times on the day.
“This was my first time at this event,” said Fiorkowski, of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. “I will definitely be back.”
The next ParaLong drive event in Mesquite is scheduled Oct. 16-17.