Weekly Feature

2018-03-07 / Sports

Registration underway for golf skills competition

Online registration recently got underway for the 2018 season of the USGA, Masters Tournament and the PGA of America “Drive, Chip and Putt” skills competition at www.DriveChipandPutt.com.

The free national youth golf development initiative is open to boys and girls ranging in ages from 7-15 throughout the months of May, June, July and August. Entrants will play in girls and boys divisions in four age categories, with scoring centered around golf’s three fundamental skills. Top performers at the local level will advance through sub-regional and regional qualifiers. From these qualifiers, 80 finalists – 40 boys and 40 girls – will earn an invitation to compete in the National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday, April 7, 2019, the eve of the 2019 Masters Tournament.

Local qualifying begins Saturday, May 5. Three players per age division will advance from those local qualifiers – Western New York’s qualifiers will be held at Brierwood Country Club in Hamburg on July 12, and at Fox Valley Country Club in Lancaster on July 26 – and will then move on to the sub-regional round, where the top two finishers per age division will advance to the regional final. Western New York’s sub-regional qualifier will be held at Glen Oaks Golf Club in East Amherst on Aug. 9.

Those who make it to the regional final in September will vie for the top spot in their age division, and the opportunity to make it to the national finals.

For more information about Drive, Chip and Putt, including official rules and a full listing of qualifying sites, visit www.DriveChipandPutt.com.

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