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Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at The Masters

April 9, 2014

Eight lucky juniors will earn an invite to the 2015 Masters Tournament

This is one of my favorite times of the year – The Masters week!  Today reminds me of when I was a kid on Christmas Eve waiting for Santa to arrive.  I can’t wait to watch the coverage tomorrrow and hear the theme song being played while Jim Nantz says….”A Tradition unlike any other….The Masters”.

Now there is something even better and that is being there in person.  I have been fortunate enough to walk the grounds of Augusta National but I have never been able to tee it up.  Not many people can say that, let alone not many junior golfers can say they have.  But now, that has changed!

Last Sunday, Augusta National conducted the Inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt Championship.  Eighty-eight lucky juniors from all over the country participated in the skills challenge.  Afterwards at the awards ceremonies they received their trophies from Masters Champion Adam Scott.  How cool is that?  Oh, and I forgot to mention, the entire championship was being aired on the Golf Channel!

This year, junior golfers in the Minnesota PGA Section will get a chance to compete FOR FREE to earn a chance to be invited to Augusta National for the 2015 Masters.  Here is how:


  • Open to boys & girls ages 7-15 competing in four age categories:  ages 7-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14-15.  Registration began on Sunday, April 6th.  Click HERE for registration.
  • Participants will be grouped based on their age as of the championship final on Sunday, April 5, 2015.  Proof of age will be expected should the competitor advance to regional qualifying.
  • Participants may register to compete in only one local competition.
  • All competitors must be amateurs.
  • Clubs and golf balls used must conform with the Rules of Golf.
  • Entry fee:  $0.00.  It’s free!


  • Each participant will compete in three skills hitting 3 drives, 3 chips, and 3 putts.
  • Participants will accumulate points in each skill.  The participant with the highest number of accumulated points will be declared the Overall Champion of his/her age category.
  • 1st, 2nd, & 3rd places will also be recognized within each skill.

13 Local Qualifiers in the Minnesota Section:

  • Black Bear GC                        Carlton, MN                      Friday, June 13
  • Northern Hills GC                Rochester, MN                 Wednesday, June 18
  • Elmwood GC                          Sioux Falls, SD                 Friday, June 20
  • King’s Walk GC                    Grand Forks, ND              Monday, June 23
  • Pebble Creek GC                    Bismarck, ND                   Wednesday, June 25
  • The Meadows GC                  Moorhead, MN                 Friday, June 27
  • Rush Creek GC                       Maple Grove, MN             Monday, June 30
  • Highland National GC        St. Paul, MN                      Tuesday, July 1
  • Oak Marsh GC                       Oakdale, MN                     Monday, July 7
  • Blackberry Ridge GC            Sartell, MN                         Wednesday, July 9
  • Vintage GC                              Otsego, MN                        Monday, July 14
  • Chaska Town Course           Chaska, MN                       Thursday, July 17
  • Parkers Lake Golf Center     Plymouth, MN                  Tuesday, July 22


Sub Regional Qualifiers:

  • Victory Links GC                  Blaine, MN                          Tuesday, August 19
  • Village Green GC                  Moorhead, MN                   Friday, August 22


Regional Qualifier:

  • TPC Twin Cities                    Blaine, MN                       Saturday, September 6


For more information, please visit the website:  Can’t wait to see our local juniors next year at the Masters!

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.



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