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8 Golfers Now Advance to the National Drive, Chip and Putt

September 9, 2014

TPC of the Twin Cities Hosts Regional DCP Qualifier

Drive, Chip and Putt Regional Qualifiers

2015 Drive Chip and Putt Regional Qualifiers

64 competitors arrived at the TPC of the Twin Cities Saturday, September 6th with one goal in mind – make it to Augusta National Golf Club. The home of The Masters Tournament is the host site for the 2nd annual Drive, Chip and Putt Championship where junior golfers from around the country will test their skills on April 5, 2015. In the end 8 golfers now advance to the National Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National Golf Club.

“The event was a huge success,” said Kathy Swanson, Director of Player Development and Member Services with the Minnesota Section PGA. Ideal weather conditions, albeit on the cool side in the morning, made conditions perfect, although many golfers still struggled with nerves, especially with so much on the line.

“We had a terrific turnout,” added Swanson. “Between parents, grandparents and other supporters we had close to 300 people cheering on these young golfers.”

Bob Baldassari, Director of Youth Player Development with the PGA of America also attended the event and he says the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship is far-reaching and a significant factor in maintaining the health of the game.

“One of the key aspects of the Drive, Chip and Putt is that it’s growing the game of golf,” Baldassari said. “Look around, it’s not just the golfers, it’s the parents who are with the golfers and they’re also now exposed to the game, and this has been happening for weeks across America.”

Local qualifying was held at courses in all 50 states and in 41 PGA Sections. In all, local qualifiers, for boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 15, were run at more than 250 sites for youth golfers to compete. Other regional qualifying sites included: Bethpage Green in New York, Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, CA, and Prestwick Village Golf Club in Highland, Michigan.

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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