Drive, Chip and Putt National Finalists gear up for the competition (photo courtesy 2017 Masters Tournament).
With the golf season in full swing, we’re all getting ready to watch one of the new, great traditions in golf unfold – the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals. Hosted at historic Augusta National Golf Club – host site of the annual Masters Tournament – the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals are a culmination of local, sub-regional and regional qualifying.
The Drive, Chip and Putt Championship was founded in 2013 by the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association and the PGA of America and is a free nationwide junior golf development competition aimed at growing the game by focusing on the three fundamental skills employed in golf. By tapping the creative and competitive spirit of girls and boys ages 7-15, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship provides aspiring junior golfers an opportunity to play with their peers and friends in qualifiers around the country.
Both PGA Junior League Golf, which has also seen incredible growth and excitement since its inception, and Drive, Chip and Putt are fun ways to get kids in the game! In fact, 19 #PGAJLG participants in 2016 or this year are also competing among this year’s 80 girls and boys in the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals. Here’s a quick look at who they are:
Evan Chien – Irvine, California
Jackie Feldman – Austin, Texas
Sirina Ganne – Holmdel, New Jersey
Megha Ganne – Holmdel, New Jersey
Will Hennessee – Tulsa, Oklahoma
Mia Herendeen – Bellevue, Washington
Austin Liao – Warren, New Jersey
Lyla Louderbaugh – Buffalo, Missouri
Tyler Mawhinney – Flemming Island, Florida
Connor McNeely – Noblesville, Indiana
Marcus Page – Los Gatos, California
Catherine Qiu – Great Falls, Virginia
Ethan Ritter – New Albany, Ohio
Nalani Sam – Anaheim Hills, California
Malia Schroeder – Arlington, Washington
Chelsea She – Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Howard Shu – Saratoga, Calforina
Trevor Sikorski – West Grove, Pennsylvania
Kennedy Swedick – Altamont, New York
*Lisa Copeland – Naperville, Illinois
We hope you will be cheering them on, just like we will, on Sunday morning, April 2! The National Finals are broadcast live by Golf Channel beginning at 8 a.m. ET. Don’t miss it!
*PGA Junior League Golf participant and Drive, Chip and Putt National Finalist Lisa Copeland's name was inadvertently left off the original list.