DRIVE, CHIP & PUTT

A joint initiative founded in 2013 by the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association and The PGA of America, Drive, Chip and Putt is a free nationwide junior golf development competition aimed at growing the game by focusing on the three fundamental skills employed in golf.

By tapping the creative and competitive spirit of girls and boys ages 7-15, Drive, Chip and Putt provides aspiring junior golfers an opportunity to play with their peers in qualifiers around the country. Participants who advance through local, sub-regional and regional qualifying in each age/gender category earn a place in the National Finals, which is conducted at Augusta National Golf Club the Sunday before the Masters Tournament and is broadcast live by the Golf Channel.

  1. Drive, Chip and Putt is open to boys and girls ages 7-15. Boys and girls will compete in separate divisions in four age categories: 7-9 years old; 10-11 years old; 12-13 years old; and 14-15 years old.
  2. Participants will be grouped based on their age as of the National Finals on Sunday, April 2, 2023.
  3. Participants must be at least 7 years of age on Sunday, April , 2023, and may not be older than 15 years of age on Sunday, April 2, 2023. Please note: a player may participate in local, subregional and regional qualifying if he/she is 6 years old provided that he/she turn 7 years old on or before April 3, 2022. A 15 year old who will turn 16 years of age on or before April 3, 2022 is not eligible to participate.
  4. All participants will be expected to show proof of age should they advance to regional qualifying. Failure to provide a birth certificate or proper form of age verification for the regional qualifier will result in that participant being ineligible to compete.
  5. Participants may register to compete in only one local qualifier. Competing in more than one local qualifier will result in the automatic disqualification of that participant.
  6. The guardian or parent, via online signature at registration, agrees to submit a release of liability, which is required prior to participation. Participation constitutes permission to use competitor's name and likeness for any necessary purpose without compensation.
  7. All competitors must conform to the  USGA Rules of Amateur Status. Participation in Drive, Chip and Putt will in no way affect a competitor’s amateur status.
  8. The player’s clubs and golf balls must conform with the requirements set forth in the Rules of Golf. The optional restrictions under Section 8 of the Model Local Rules requiring that the driver the player carries is named on the current List of Conforming Driver Heads, the ball the player plays is named on the current List of Conforming Golf Balls, and the player's clubs must conform to the groove and punch mark specifications in the Rules of Golf that are effective from January 1, 2010 are NOT in effect. However, new models of irons, wedges, hybrids and fairway woods manufactured on or after January 1, 2010 must conform to the current groove and punch mark specifications.

 

  1. Parents/guardians are required to complete the entry form on behalf of participants. All entry applications must be submitted online at the Drive, Chip and Putt website. Entries by telephone, mail or facsimile will not be accepted.
  2. Only one entry may be filed by a parent/guardian per participant. Officials reserve the right to disqualify any participant if more than one entry is submitted for that participant.
  3. Local qualifying participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The Drive, Chip and Putt Executive Committee reserves the right to adjust the total number of registrants per site.
  4. Should a player advance through local qualifying, the subregional and regional qualifying sites will be pre-determined based upon the local qualifying site. The player is not guaranteed participation in the subregional qualifier unless he/she advances through local qualifying. The player is not guaranteed participation in the regional qualifier unless he/she advances through local and subregional qualifying.
  5. Entry applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. EDT on the date five (5) days prior to the local qualifier. Late applications will be automatically rejected.
  6. On-site registration is not permitted.
  7. The time limit for entries means time of receipt to the Drive, Chip and Putt website, not the time entry is transmitted to the website. Entries should be submitted early to allow ample time for delay or error in transmission. The risk of delay or error in transmission lies solely with the entrant and the Drive, Chip and Putt website will have no liability with respect to any such delay or error and the consequences therefrom, including rejection of the entry.
  8. A parent/guardian wishing to change a qualifying site/date or withdraw from a qualifier should login to his or her account at  www.drivechipandputt.com. If you are unable to make the necessary changes, please contact  info@drivechipandputt.com.
  9. There is no entry fee for Drive, Chip and Putt.

 

Drive, Chip and Putt will be conducted in four stages:

Local Qualifying: Generally conducted throughout May, June and July in 50 states.

Subregional Qualifying: Generally conducted throughout July and August at approximately 60 sites.

Regional Qualifying: Generally conducted throughout September and October at 10 sites.

National Finals: To be conducted the Sunday before the Masters Tournament.

  1. From each local qualifier, the top three overall point earners in each of the boys and girls divisions from the four age brackets will advance to the subregional qualifying level of the competition. Participants who qualify for a subregional competition must compete at the location in which they are assigned.
  2. The subregional competition is a new round of the competition with no carryover from the local competition.
  3. From each subregional qualifier, the top two overall point earners in each of the boys and girls divisions from the four age brackets will advance to the regional qualifying level of the competition. Participants who qualify for a regional competition must compete at the location at which they are assigned.
  4. The regional competition is a new round of the competition with no carryover from the subregional competition.
  5. From each regional qualifier, the overall champion in each of the boys and girls divisions from the four age categories will advance to the National Finals to be held the Sunday before the Masters Tournament.
  6. The National Finals is a new round of the competition with no carryover from the regional competition.
  7. The Drive, Chip and Putt Executive Committee reserves the right to adjust the total number of participants that advance per qualifying site.

Local

Saturday, June 11th, 2022
Hillcrest Country Club
9401 E O St
Lincoln, NE 68527

Subregional

Sunday, August 14th, 2022
Braemar Golf Course
6364 John Harris Dr
Edina, MN 55439

Regional

Sunday, September 18th, 2022
Castle Pines GC 
1000 Hummingbird Dr. 
Castle Rock, CO 80108

Local

Friday, July 1st, 2022
Riverside Golf Club
2820 Riverside Dr
Grand Island, NE 68801

Subregional

Monday, August 8th, 2022
Fred Arbanas GC
11100 View High Dr.
Kansas City, MO 64134

Regional

Sunday, September 18th, 2022
Castle Pines GC 
1000 Hummingbird Dr. 
Castle Rock, CO 80108

Local

Saturday, July 23rd, 2022
Eagle Hills Golf Course
501 Eagle Hills Dr
Papillion, NE 68133

Subregional

Tuesday, August 16th, 2022
StoneRidge Golf Club
13600 N. Hudson Blvd.
Stillwater, MN 55082

Regional

Sunday, September 18th, 2022
Castle Pines GC 
1000 Hummingbird Dr. 
Castle Rock, CO 80108

  1. Each participant will compete in all three skills (Drive, Chip and Putt). Participants will attempt three shots per skill, for a total of nine shots.
  2. Participants will accumulate points in each skill. The participant with the highest number of accumulated points will be declared the overall champion of his or her age category.
  3. Ties in the individual skills will be broken by first comparing the point values for each participant's third attempt in the skill, then the second attempt and finally the first attempt, if necessary. If the participants are still tied, they will share the appropriate place.
  4. At local and subregional qualifying, ties in the overall competition will be broken by first comparing the cumulative point total of all three putt attempts. If the cumulative putt point total is the same, compare the point values for each participant's third putt attempt, then second putt attempt and finally the first putt attempt, if necessary. If the tie is still not broken, repeat the same process by using the chip skill next, and finally the drive skill, if necessary. If the participants are still tied, they will share the appropriate place.
  5. At regional qualifying, in the case of a tie in the overall score, a playoff shall commence to determine the player advancing to the National Finals. This playoff shall include a single stroke at each of the skills (Drive, Chip and Putt).
  6. Use of a putter is not allowed for competition in the chip skill. Competitors may only use a lofted iron or wood club for this skill. A “chipper” club is considered an approved club for the chip skill.
  7. The Drive, Chip and Putt Executive Committee, its agents and subordinate organizers, reserve the right to modify competition setup at any time. As in golf, participants are expected to have the ability to adjust to playing conditions as necessary.
  8. For example, the driving grid may contain slopes, doglegs, areas of rough, bunkers or immovable obstructions. The chip skill may be played from grass cut to fairway or rough height and from a distance other than 10-15 yards. The putting skill may be setup to include putts that are straight, uphill, downhill or that break in either direction.

All scoring will be based on a 25-point-per-shot basis, with each participant taking three shots per skill. Each participant will accumulate points per shot in all three skills (maximum of 75 points per skill = 25 points per shot x 3). The overall champion in each age category will be determined by the participant with the most points accumulated between all three skills (maximum of 225 points = 75 points per skill x 3).

 

Drive Scoring

  • 40-yard wide grid - all shots must finish in the grid to score points.
  • Flags or signs marking both sides of the grid at 10, 25 or 50 yard increments.
  • A ball coming to rest on any of the boundary lines is considered in bounds.
  • A ball coming to rest on any of the scoring lines will be scored in the longer of the two scoring grids.
  • In the event of a tie, the contestant's third drive will serve as a tiebreaker (followed by the second drive and first drive, if necessary). If a tie still exists, co-champions of the skill will be declared.

Point System for All Ages

POINTS DISTANCE POINTS DISTANCE
1 25 yards or less 14 190-200 yards
2 25-50 yards 15 200-210 yards
3 50-75 yard 16 210-220 yards
4 75-100 yards 17 220-230 yards
5 100-110 yards 18 230-240 yards
6 110-120 yards 19 240-250 yards
7 120-130 yards 20 250-260 yards
8 130-140 yards 21 260-270 yards
9 140-150 yards 22 270-280 yards
10 150-160 yards 23 280-290 yards
11 160-170 yards 24 290-300 yards
12 170-180 yards 25 300+ yards
13 180-190 yards

Chip Scoring

  • Each participant will attempt three chips at the scoring hole. All chips will be measured from the center of the hole with clearly marked scoring rings.
  • A ball coming to rest on any of the scoring lines will be scored in the higher of the two point rings.

Point System for All Ages

POINTS DISTANCE
1 A ball finishing more than 10' from the hole
2 A ball finishing 8' – 10' from the hole
5 A ball finishing 6' – 8' from the hole
10 A ball finishing 4' – 6' from the hole
15 A ball finishing 2' – 4' from the hole
20 A ball finishing 2' or nearer to the hole
25 Hole in One

Putt Scoring

  • Each participant will attempt one putt from each distance (6 feet, 15 feet and 30 feet). Putts will be measured from the center of the hole with clearly marked scoring rings.
  • A ball coming to rest on any of the scoring lines will be scored in the higher of the two point rings.

Point System for All Ages

POINTS DISTANCE
1 A ball finishing more than 5' from the hole
2 A ball finishing 4' – 5' from the hole
5 A ball finishing 3' – 4' from the hole
10 A ball finishing 2' – 3' from the hole
15 A ball finishing 1' – 2' from the hole
20 A ball finishing 1' or nearer to the hole
25 Hole in One

There will be 10 finalists in the boys division and 10 finalists in the girls division in each of the four age groups, for a total of 80 participants in the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals.

Drive Scoring

  • 40-yard fairway width, length from 75 yards to 325 yards.
  • A ball coming to rest on any of the boundary lines is considered in bounds.
  • Laser measuring devices will be used to determine accurate distances.
  • Each player will have two drives to record his or her longer distance drive that remains in bounds.
  • The player in each age group/division with the longest drive will receive 10 points and be declared the winner of the Driving Competition. The player with the second-longest distance will receive 9 points, all the way down to 1 point.
  • In the event of a tie for first place overall, the winner will be determined by a playoff drive. All other ties will have points combined and split.

Chip Scoring

  • Laser measuring devices will be used to determine accurate distances.
  • Each player will chip twice, and his or her cumulative distance from the hole will be recorded.
  • The player in each age group/division with the closest cumulative distance from the hole will receive 10 points and be declared the winner of the Chip Competition. The player with the second-closest cumulative distance from the hole will receive 9 points, all the way down to 1 point.
  • In the event of a tie for first place overall, the winner will be determined by a playoff chip. All other ties will have points combined and split.

Putt Scoring

  • Laser measuring devices will be used to determine accurate distances.
  • Each player will attempt a putt from 15’ and 30’ and will record his or her cumulative distance from each hole.
  • The player in each age group/division with the closest cumulative distance after the two putts will receive 10 points and be declared the winner of the Putt Competition. The player with the second-closest cumulative distance from the hole will receive 9 points, all the way down to 1 point.
  • In the event of a tie for first place overall, the winner will be determined by a playoff putt. All other ties will have points combined and split.

Gifts and prizes for participants will be awarded as follows:

Gifts

Local Qualifying:
Each participant will receive a Drive, Chip and Putt logoed gift which is TBD.

Subregional Qualifying:
TBD

Regional Qualifying:
TBD

National Finals:
TBD

Prizes

Prizes will be awarded at each level of the competition to individual skill champions as well as overall champions for boys and girls in each age category.

Local Qualifying:

  1. Ribbons for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall
  2. Ribbons for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each skill

Subregional Qualifying:

  1. Gold, silver and bronze commemorative coins for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall
  2. Gold, silver and bronze commemorative coins for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each skill

Regional Qualifying:

  1. Gold, silver and bronze medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall
  2. Gold, silver and bronze commemorative coins for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each skill

National Finals:

  1. Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall
  2. Medals for 1st place in each skill
  1. Local, subregional and regional competitions are held rain or shine. In the case of dangerous or unplayable weather conditions, after every effort is made to complete the competition, the host PGA Section staff must cancel and reschedule the event. The decision to cancel rests solely in the hands of the host organization.
  2. If your qualifier is cancelled, call the host organization for details regarding the rescheduled date and time.
  3. All efforts will be made to complete the National Finals on Sunday, April 2, 2023. If inclement weather necessitates an adjustment of the competition, the Drive Chip and Putt Executive Committee will determine the proper competitive option for completing the event.
  4. The Drive, Chip and Putt Executive Committee, its agents and subordinate organizers, reserve the right to rule and make any recommendations regarding the Drive, Chip and Putt Competition that they feel are beneficial to the continuance of the program. All decisions are final.
  5. Participation constitutes permission to use competitor’s name and likeness for any necessary purpose without compensation.

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