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, 3, 2022.
  3. Participants must be at least 7 years of age on Sunday, April 3, 2022, and may not be older than 15 years of age on Sunday, April 3, 2022. 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.

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 5th, 2021
Eagle Hills Golf Course
501 Eagle Hills Dr
Papillion, NE 68133

Subregional

Tuesday, August 10th, 2021
Royal Golf Club
11455 20th St N
Lake Elmo, MN 55042

Regional

Sunday, September 19th, 2021
Colorado Golf Club 
8000 Preservation Trail 
Parker, CO 80134

Local

Friday, June 25th, 2021
Riverside Golf Club
2820 Riverside Dr
Grand Island, NE 68801

Subregional

Sunday, August 15th, 2021
Braemar Golf Course
6364 John Harris Dr
Edina, MN 55439

Regional

Sunday, September 19th, 2021
Colorado Golf Club 
8000 Preservation Trail 
Parker, CO 80134

Local

Saturday, July 24th, 2021
Hillcrest Country Club
9401 E O St
Lincoln, NE 68527

Subregional

Monday, August 2nd, 2021
Fred Arbanas Golf Course
11100 View High Drive
Kansas City, MO 64134

Regional

Sunday, September 19th, 2021
Colorado Golf Club 
8000 Preservation Trail 
Parker, CO 80134

  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. At local and subregional qualifying, in the case of a tie in the overall score, the putting rank will serve as the tiebreaker followed by the chipping rank and then driving rank, if necessary.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 10-15 yard shots at the scoring hole. All shots 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.
  • In the event of a tie, the contestant’s third chip will serve as a tie breaker (followed by the second chip and first chip, if necessary). If a tie still exists co-champions of the skill will be declared.

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.
  • In the event of a tie, the contestant’s third putt will serve as a tie breaker (followed by the second putt and first putt, if necessary). If a tie still exists co-champions of the skill will be declared.

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 divot tool set.

Subregional Qualifying:
Each participant will receive a Drive, Chip and Putt logoed hat and golf towel.

Regional Qualifying:
Each participant will receive a Drive, Chip and Putt logoed canteen and valuables tote.

National Finals:
Each participant will receive a Drive, Chip and Putt logoed golf shirt and matching cap along with a bag tag, as well as Monday Practice Round tickets for their immediate family at the 2022 Masters Tournament.

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 3, 2022. 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.

To view the DCP local qualifying results, click the button below.

To view the 2021 DCP qualifying Covid-19 best practices, click the button below.

For FAQs regarding how Covid-19 effected future DCP programming, click HERE.

General Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a fee to participate in Drive, Chip and Putt?
There is no entry fee for any qualifying levels of Drive, Chip and Putt.

Is it too late to register for a local qualifier?
Entry applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. EDT on the date five (5) days prior to the local qualifier.

I did not receive a confirmation email. How do I know if my youth is successfully registered?
Please email us at info@drivechipandputt.com and we will confirm your email address and send a confirmation email.

Can I register my youth at more than one qualifier?
You may not submit more than one application for any individual to participate in Drive, Chip and Putt. If more than one application is submitted for a participant, all applications will be rejected.

Is my youth in the correct age bracket?
The age bracket is based upon the participant age as of the date of the national finals (April 5, 2020). 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.

I made a mistake during registration. How do I make changes to registration information?
Please login to your account at www.drivechipandputt.com to make a change to the registration information. If you are unable to make the necessary changes, email us at info@drivechipandputt.com. Please do not register your participant again as that will result in a duplicate registration.

I need to change my qualifying path.
The parent/guardian should login to his or her account at www.drivechipandputt.com. The path for qualifying is pre-determined based on math, which is done to maintain equal numbers of participants in the subregional and regional stages. Thus, your youth would have to participate in the corresponding pre-assigned subregional and regional events should he/she advance. If you want your youth to attend an alternate subregional qualifier, you would need to select a local qualifying site accordingly before participating. Please email us at info@drivechipandputt.com if you are unable to make the changes within your account.

Is there a wait list?
We do not maintain a wait list for local qualifying sites.

I did not register my youth in advance. Can we show up to a Drive, Chip and Putt qualifier?
On-site registration is not permitted.

My youth is unable to attend his scheduled qualifier. What do I do?
Please email us at info@drivechipandputt.com and we will update the registration system, which might give another youth the opportunity to participate.

What is my youth’s tee time for his/her qualifier?
Scheduling information and tee times are provided closer to the date of the qualifier (usually three to five days in advance). You will be contacted via the email address provided at registration with scheduling information. To confirm your email address provided at registration, please email us at info@drivechipandputt.com.

Can my youth use a caddie?
Caddies are not permitted at any of the qualifying stages. Only the participants will be allowed on the fields of play.

Can my youth use his/her own golf balls?
Participants may choose to use their own golf balls. Please note, the golf balls can only be retrieved on the Chip and Putt skills. If a participant chooses to use his/her own golf balls on the Drive skill, the balls cannot be retrieved.

My youth does not have golf clubs.
The host site may have equipment and golf balls available for kids of all ages.  It is recommended that you contact the facility prior to the qualifier to ensure availability.