The Drive, Chip, and Putt 2015 Local Qualifiers are all wrapped up here in the Southwest Section PGA and 120 young boys and girls are now preparing for their next step to Augusta.
Each participant competed in all three skills (Drive, Chip & Putt). Points were accumulated in each skill, and the ones with the highest number points are declared the Overall Champion of his or her age category. The competition is open to boys and girls ages 7-15. Boys and girls compete in separate divisions in four age categories: 7-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15 years old.
It’s now down to the top three in each age division whose dreams of standing on that grand stage in Augusta, GA stay alive. Where next? Grayhawk Golf Club will once again host the Drive, Chip, and Putt Sub-Regional Qualifier where the top 120 from the five local qualifiers will gather to see who will make it to the Regional Qualifier held at Torrey Pines later this year. The champions at each Regional qualifier will earn an invitation to compete against the top in their age division from across the country at the incomparable Augusta National Golf Club the Sunday before the 2016 Masters.
The Southwest Section PGA hosted five local qualifiers over just four weeks in two states. More than 800 boys and girls turned out to put their best on the line and advance to the next level. Recognition goes out to all the host facilities supporting the local qualifiers for this season’s Drive, Chip, and Putt are Vistal Golf Club, Lone Tree Golf Club, Tucson Country Club, Mesa Country Club, and Reflection Bay Golf Club. They all rallied to make the 2015 Drive, Chip, and Putt Local Qualifiers an outstanding experience for each participant.
Congratulations to all who participated and those who qualified for the Sub-Regional in the Drive, Chip, and Putt. For full results from the local qualifiers visit www.southwest.pga.com.
Contributing Writer: Frank Calvin, PGA