Fort Dodge, Iowa –Lake Municipal Golf Course played host to a Drive, Chip and Putt subregional qualifier on July 27, 2019 for participants throughout the area with the opportunity to advance and earn an invitation to next year’s National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club.
Organized by the PGA of America, USGA and the Masters Tournament, Drive, Chip and Putt aims to help younger generations begin their lifelong connection with golf by providing a fun, interactive platform for participants of all skill levels. This free youth golf development initiative includes boys and girls ages 7-15, who compete in separate divisions in four age categories over three skill competitions (drive, chip, putt).
The top two juniors in each age division at the subregional at Lake Municipal Golf Course advanced to the regional event held at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colorado on September 8th, 2019. Amazingly enough, 14 of the 16 spots up for grabs were awarded to members of the Nebraska Section whom qualified through our Section’s Local Qualifying events.
In the girls 7-9 division, Lincoln’s Naryn Kim and Minden’s Macy Jorgensen finished first and second to advance to the regional. In the girls 10-11 division, Lincoln’s Natasha Kolbas and Council Bluff’s Catherine Perfect finished in first and second place to advance. In the girls 12-13 division, Omaha’s Madison Murnan finished in first place to advance. In the girls 14-15 division, Elkhorn’s Cecilia Arndt and Lincoln’s Nicole Kolbas finished in first and second to advance.
In the boys 7-9 division, Lincoln’s Shea Clanton and Lincoln’s Leo Hong finished first and second to advance to the regional. In the boys 10-11 division, Lincoln’s Max Moss and Elkhorn’s Grady Friedrichsen finished in first and second place to advance. In the boys 12-13 division, Omaha’s Trevor Gutschewski and Lincoln’s Thomas Bryson finished in first and second place to advance. In the boys 14-15 division, Elkhorn’s Easton Konen finished in first place to advance.
The seven girls and seven boys from the Nebraska Section PGA advanced to the regional round at Colorado Golf Club. The eight overall division winners from each regional site – a total of 40 boys and 40 girls – will earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National on Sunday, April 5, the eve of the 2020 Masters Tournament.
The breakdown of the 2020 Drive, Chip and Putt qualifying schedule is as follows:
311 host sites spread throughout all 50 states
3 juniors advance in each age/gender category from every venue
61 host sites spread throughout 31 states
2 juniors advance in each age/gender category from every venue
10 host sites in 10 defined regions
1 junior advances in each age/gender category from every venue
National Finals (April 5, 2020): 80 total participants at Augusta National Golf Club
For a full list of qualifying venues at the local, subregional and regional level, or for more information about Drive, Chip and Putt, including official rules, registration, and ticket information, please visit drivechipandputt.com.