California golfer, 16, has the drive to succeed

Fri, Dec 24

Domenic Mazza showed up at the ReMax World Long Drive Championship with a peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich in one hand and a driver in the other.

Then the 16-year-old high school junior mixed it up with a field of 144 older, whiskey-drinking, elite professional golfers.

And finished second.

"There were guys that were 6-foot-8 and they weighed 100 pounds more than me," said Mazza, who is 6-foot-1, 175 pounds. "I just felt really small."

But he came up big.

The youngest competitor at the tournament in Mesquite, Nev., in November, Mazza was the talk of the event, outlasting two-time defending champion Jamie Sadlowski and five-time champion Jason Zuback.

England's Joe Miller defeated Mazza in the finals on a 414-yard shot. Mazza's second-place drive was 371 yards.

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