The qualifier rounds for the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship in 2017 are just around the corner. It is a great opportunity for young golfers of all skill levels to have fun. All boys and girls between the ages of 7 to 15 years old are encouraged to participate in this free young golf development initiative. The qualifying rounds take place across all 50 states during the months of May, June, July and August. From there the top performers will advance to subregional and regional qualifiers in July, August, and September. The Finals will consist of 40 boys and 40 girls, at the Augusta National on Sunday, April 2, 2017.
- Local (May/June/July/August): 256 host sites throughout all 50 states
- Sub-Regional (July/August): 50 host sites throughout 31 states
- Regional (September): 10 host sites in 10 regions
- National Finals (April 2, 2017): 80 total participants at Augusta National Golf Club
- 3 juniors advance in each age/gender category from every venue
- 2 juniors advance in each age/gender category from every venue
- 1 junior advances in each age/gender category from every venue
“The player’s clubs and golf balls must conform with the Rules of Golf and the provisions, specifications and interpretations set forth in Appendices II (for golf clubs) and III (for golf balls). The optional Conditions of Competition requiring that the driver the player carries is named on the current List of Conforming Driver Heads, the ball the player plays is named on the current List of Conforming Golf Balls, and the player’s clubs must conform to the groove and punch mark specifications in the Rules of Golf that are effective from January 1, 2010 are NOT in effect. However, new models of irons, wedges, hybrids and fairway woods manufactured on or after January 1, 2010 must conform to the current groove and punch mark specifications.”
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In the 2015 National Finals, 4 amateur golfers came from New England. In the 10-11 age bracket, Joey Lenane of Dedham Mass placed fifth. His drive soared 224.5 yards, a chip aggregate of 31 feet 10 inches, and a putt aggregate of 6 feet 6 inches. His interest in golf started while watching Tiger Woods. One day he hopes to play with Bubba Watson. His best piece of advice is “Have Fun!”
Coming in 2nd place in the 12-13 age bracket, Conner Willett of Wellesley Mass. His drive traveled 210.3 yards, a chip aggregate of 12 feet and a putt aggregate of 3 feet 6 inches. He interest in golf started when he made his first par and would like to play with Rory Mcilroy someday.
Placing 5th in the 14-15 age bracket, Matt Camel had by far the longest drive with 281.5 yards! His chip aggregate was 11 feet 10 inches and his putt aggregate was 7 feet 5 inches. When asked what he likes most about golf his response was “I love the competitive aspect of golf. It is incredible how much fun golf can be if you make teams amongst your friends and compete against each other.” His interest in golf started when he watched his older brother play with his dad and the ball flights they were able to create. “From that moment on, I worked to do as they were doing.”
Molly Smith of Tyngsboro Mass placed 7th for the girls 7-9 age bracket. Her drive flew for 156.7 yards. Her chip aggregate was 11 feet 6 inches and her put aggregate was 10 feet 3 inches. Molly’s favorite band is Maroon 5 and wants to play golf with Rickie Fowler. The best advice she’s has ever received is “Shake it off, 1 bad hole does not ruin your round.”
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