Justin Moose used to work at a distribution center. Now, he obliterates golf balls for a living and his distribution comes in the form of earnings to help worthy causes.
The long bomber from North Huntingdon has found his niche while he chases his dream.
“I have been raising money for charity outings through long drive (competitions),” said Moose, a Norwin graduate. “I just started doing it full-time at the beginning of June so it’s been quite the change.”
Moose, a professional golfer, has been around the long-drive circuit for several years but could be nearing his big break. He has advanced to the quarterfinals in the open division of the Volvik World Long Drive Championships in Thackerville, Okla. The event will conclude Wednesday night on The Golf Channel beginning at 8 p.m.
Chants of “Moooose!” will probably continue from the stands as the 6-foot-3, 240-pounder launches yellow dots into the night sky with his 2.5-degree driver.
One of Moose’s bombs made ESPN SportsCenter’s Top Plays Tuesday, checking in at No. 9.
The brawny 32-year-old, who used to drive par 4s at now-obsolete Carradam Golf Course, waved a Terrible Towel as he walked to the tee.
“I still can’t believe it,” Moose said of the notoriety. “It’s been a blast so far this week and I’m hoping to finish off the job.”
Moose, who now lives in Columbia, S.C., won the East Coast Classic in March and has reached the quarterfinals in three other events.
He said one of his favorite courses to play in the Westmoreland area is Latrobe Elks.
“I make the trip back the trip back to play with my buddies a few times a year,” Moose said.
Bill Beckner is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill at [email protected] or via Twitter @BillBeckner.