BENTON, PA - Nearly 100 kids from across the region competed in a drive, chip and putt qualifier at Mill Race Golf Club in Benton Thursday morning, with the hopes to advance to the national championship at Augusta National next year.
Drive, Chip and Putt is a nationwide competition for boys and girls, ages seven to 15, that consists of four stages. Thursday's event at Mill Race was the first stage, with the top three golfers in each age group advancing.
This is the first time Mill Race has hosted the event and general manager Andrew Shoop said it's a great way to get a new generation of golfers passionate about the game.
"Overall the game of golf really needs the kids to become a more active part in growing the game," Shoop said. "The PGA is doing a great job of having all these sorts of events, the Drive, Chip and Putts, the PGA Junior League, Get Golf Ready programs. There is so many different things out there for kids to get involved in the game and make it more fun."
The Drive, Chip and Putt National Championship will be held on April 2, 2017 at Augusta National Golf Club the Sunday before The Masters.