NORTHFIELD — The golfers were looking into a tricky, swirling wind that cut down the distances at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bash World Long Drive competition Wednesday at Atlantic City Country Club.

But the enthusiasm was up.

There was cheering by the fans, high fives and fist bumps, music, and even an appearance from some of the Atlantic City Blackjacks, plus Jax, the team mascot. Public address announcer Mark Schuermann kept everything moving quickly for the production, which was taped and aired on the Golf Channel later Wednesday.

Some of the top long-drive golfers in the world competed in a series of eliminations. Each competitor got to hit eight balls within three minutes in each round. They were scored according to their longest drives, but also had to keep the ball from going outside a boundary about 40 yards wide. All the competitors drove from a platform stage about six feet off the ground. The spectators were seated in grandstands behind the golfers and off to their left.