Eight golfers – four boys and four girls – were crowned as champions in the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt Championship held on Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club.
Conducted by in partnership between the Masters Tournament, the PGA of America and the United States Golf Association, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship is a national golf development initiative for boys and girls, ages 7-15.
Approximately 17,000 youngsters had opportunities to qualify in the inaugural event, which began with local qualifying at courses throughout the country. From there, the top finishers advanced to one of 11 regional qualifiers, with the winners in each of the four age divisions earning a trip to Augusta National.
On Sunday, points were awarded in each individual skill category, with the winner receiving 11 points, second 10, third 9, etc. The player with the most points following all three competitions was declared the overall winner. Here are the winners of each age category:
Age group 7-9: Kelly Xu
Age group 10-11: Lucy Li
Age group 12-13: Natalie Pietromonaco
Agre group: 14-15: Hunter Plate
Age group 7-9: Treed Huang
Age group 10-11: Leo Cheng
Age group 12-13: Bryson Bianco
Agre group: 14-15: Patrick Welch
Registration is now open at www.DriveChipandPutt.com for juniors wishing to participate in the 2015 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship. The competition is being expanded to allow 50,000 playing opportunities at 250 host sites in June and July. The top three finishers will advance to one of 50 sub-regionals in August, with the top two players in each division qualifying for the regionals slated for 10 sites in September. A total of 80 players – 40 boys and 40 girls – will earn a trip to Augusta National Golf Club for the finals on April 5, 2015.