After an incredibly successful inaugural year of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, the Masters Tournament Foundation, United States Golf Association (USGA) and the PGA of America have announced its expansion to all 50 states.
Approximately 17,000 youngsters had opportunities to qualify in the first year, which began with local qualifying at courses throughout the country. From there, the top finishers advanced to one of 11 regional qualifiers, with the winners in each of the four age divisions earning a trip to Augusta National, site of the annual Masters Tournament.
Participants in the 2014 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship will again advance through local and regional qualifiers conducted throughout the United States. Competitors will be comprised of boys and girls ages 7-15, and they will compete in separate divisions in four age categories. The regional champions in each of the boys and girls divisions from the four age categories will advance to the finals to be held at Augusta National the Sunday before the Masters Tournament, April 4, 2015.
Five qualifying events will take place at courses throughout the Colorado PGA from June 7 to July 22. The sub-regional qualifying event will be held Monday, August 4, 2014 at CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora, Colorado. Local Qualifying registration is open and thousands of participants have already signed up at DriveChipPutt.com for the second year of the event. There are four age groups for both boys and girls â€“ 7-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15 â€“ and registration is first come, first served. If an age/gender division is full at one Local Qualifying site, the registrant can check the next closest site for availability.
â€œIt was amazing to be on site at Augusta National and see the faces of the 88 participants and really everyone involved in coordinating the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship,â€ said Ted Bishop, President of The PGA of America. â€œOur PGA Professionals will continue to play a vital role in administering the local and regional events and we are looking forward to again working alongside the Masters Tournament Foundation and the USGA.â€
Dale Smigelsky, PGA head professional at Collindale Golf Club noted that â€œCollindale Golf Course is extremely excited to be selected as one of the inaugural Colorado sites for the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship! He went on to say that â€œanything that we can do to participate in promoting golf to kids and "Growing the Game" should be an all-in event for every one of us.â€
For more information about the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, including official rules, qualifying sites or to register, please visit www.DriveChipandPutt.com