Golf Channel readies for Drive, Chip & Putt at Augusta


Golf Channel will offer live coverage of the inaugural Drive, Chip & Putt Championship National Finals this Sunday, as 88 of the best junior golfers from the U.S. and Canada vie for the title at Augusta National Golf Club.

The network will air a total of five hours of live coverage on April 6, beginning with a one-hour pre-game show at 8 a.m. ET, hosted by Steve Sands from Golf Channel's set at Augusta National. Coverage of the skills challenges will follow from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. ET, hosted by Golf Channel's Rich Lerner and Peter Jacobsen and including a putting competition that will take place on Augusta National's 18th green.

The field of 88 players range in age from 7-15, and participants emerged from 121 local and regional qualifying events. They will be divided into four age groups: 7-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15.

During the drive competition, each player will hit two tee shots to a "driving fairway" that is 30 yards wide, and players will count their longest drive that also remained in bounds. The player with the farthest drive among his/her age group receives 11 points, second-farthest receives 10 points, all the way down to one point for the shortest drive.

During the chipping competition, each player will hit from two different chipping locations, and will count as his/her score the total cumulative distance from the hole. Points will be allotted in each age group as they were for the driving competition.

Putting will take place from three different distances - 6 feet, 15 feet and 30 feet. Like in chipping, players will count their total cumulative distance from the hole and receive points as a result. The overall Drive, Chip & Putt champion for each age group will go to the player with the highest total out of 33 possible points. Any ties for overall champion will be broken by a one-putt playoff.