Maurice Allen
Maurice Allen

World Long Drive 2019 saw history being scripted when Maurice Allen became the first person to successfully drive a golf ball over the Niagara falls.

37 year old Allen is currently ranked second in the world in the official world long drive rankings.

With a ball carry of 393 yards (426 yards finish), Allen officially became the first person to drive a golf ball over the Niagara. Allen managed to accomplish the feat in his fourth attempt.

Allen was named the 2018 world long drive champion with a drive of 393 yards at the Volvik World Long Drive Championships in September 2018.

Allen has been competing in long drive events around the world since 2010, when he started playing golf. Since then he has had many achievements in Long Drive. In 2012, he set a then Guinness World record for the fastest ball speed of 211 mph and then in 2015 won three long drive events in Europe. Four more years later, Allen won events in the Czech Republic, The Netherlands, New Zealand and Slovenia. Allen also won in New Zealand in 2017 and 2018, along with Japan in 2018.

Allen reached the No. 1 ranking in World Long Drive in 2017, when he won championships at the Catawba Classic (North Caroline), Tennessee Shootout, and Mile High Showdown (Colorado). He also won the 2017 Volvik World Long Drive Championship.

In 2018, Allen reached the quarterfinals in two events, Atlantic City Boardwalk Bash and Bluff City Shootout, and then ended the season with a victory in the Open Division at the Volvik World Long Drive Championship in Thackerville.

A former sprinter, Allen initially played football at the University of South Florida. He was set to compete in the U.S. Olympic trials in track and field in 2004 before he injured his hamstring.

Allen was also a biology/chemistry double-major from Florida A&M University. He was working towards his doctorate in the chiropractic field before becoming a full time World Long Drive athlete.