The Drive, Chip and Putt Championship. If you’re the parent of a junior golfer it is probably safe to say you know exactly what this golf competition is all about. Since its founding in 2014, this annual event has grown into a phenomenon. Parents sign their children up to compete months in advance and most plan summer vacations around it.
For those of you who may not know, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship started as a joint initiative of the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association and The PGA of America. It is a free nationwide junior golf development competition aimed at growing the game by focusing on the three fundamental skills employed in golf.
Aspiring junior golfers from across the nation compete in local qualifiers held in all 50 states. Those lucky enough to advance move forward to Sub-Regionals, like the one being hosted by The Grove on Thursday, July 27, 2018.
“This is a big day for ninety-six aspiring junior players. These young players, ages 7-15, have made it through their local qualifying round to compete here at The Grove, each hoping they have what it takes to make it to the next qualifying round—the regionals in Ooltewah, Tennessee… which is the final step before the big prize, the Finals held during Masters’ week at famed Augusta National,” said Doug Oubre, Director of Golf at The Grove.
“We are very excited to host this exciting event and show our support for the next generation of golfing greats.”
The National Finals is conducted at Augusta National Golf Club the Sunday before the Masters Tournament and is also broadcast live by Golf Channel.