The Mutual of Omaha Drive, Chip & Putt Junior Challenge presented by The Golf Channel is the largest junior golf program of its kind and will visit 42 states and Canada. The program provides an opportunity for boys and girls, ages 7 to 14, to compete in a fun, free event designed to test basic golf skills regardless of their ability level or previous exposure to golf. The events include friendly competitions in driving, chipping and putting, as well as instructional clinics, food, prizes and commemorative photos.
The Drive, Chip & Putt program has grown from 30 events in 1999 to more than 100 events this year. This growth has been a tremendous success for our network, said The Golf Channel President David Manougian. Our goal of giving back to the community has been realized through the 100,000-plus boys and girls who have been touched by the program, which in turn has helped grow the game.
Mutual of Omaha Senior Vice President John Hildenbiddle said bringing the Mutual of Omaha Drive, Chip and Putt Junior Challenge to so many families across the country is an excellent fit for the company. Everyone who participates in this free, fun and friendly program leaves a winner, and we believe this positive experience helps illustrate Mutual of Omahas commitment to American families, Hildenbiddle said.
At local events, 18 prizes will be awarded in each age group (7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14) including first, second and third place for best overall performance. The first-place winners in each age group will be invited to one of 21 Regional Championships held throughout the country. The top 84 junior golfers in the nation will be invited to Orlando, Fla., later in the year to compete in the 2005 National Championships ' which will be televised nationally on The Golf Channel.