REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 2017 NATIONAL FINALS QUALIFYING
Parents Can Register Their Junior Golfers, Get More Information at www.DriveChipandPutt.com
AUGUSTA, Ga. – With the 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship scheduled to culminate with the National Finals this April at Augusta National Golf Club, the United States Golf Association (USGA), Masters Tournament and the PGA of America today announced that registration for 2017 National Finals qualifying, which begins this May, is now officially open on the event’s website, www.DriveChipandPutt.com.
Now in its fourth year, this fun, free and nationwide youth golf development initiative invites boys and girls, ages 7-15, to participate in local qualifying opportunities set in all 50 states throughout the months of May, June, July and August. Boys and girls will enter to play across separate divisions in four age categories, with scoring centered around golf’s three fundamental skills (Drive, Chip and Putt). Top performers at the local level will advance through subregional and regional qualifiers in July/August and September, respectively. From these qualifiers, 80 finalists – 40 boys and 40 girls – will earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday, April 2, the eve of the 2017 Masters Tournament.
“The joy of success on a child’s face after making a great chip shot or sinking a 12-foot putt is why the USGA is actively engaged in this program,” says Tom O’Toole Jr., president of the USGA. “We know success leads to confidence, and confidence leads to a lifelong love of our game. With local qualifiers in every state, we can foster a new community of young golfers who cannot only compete together, but inspire each other – just as they inspire us.”
“The more smiles we see from participants each year through the Drive, Chip and Putt program, the more satisfaction we feel in doing our part to grow the great game of golf and sharing its wonderful lessons,” said Billy Payne, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament. “This is possible through a unique and collaborative effort with two invaluable partners, and we all hope the fun had by children and families across the country will inspire even more kids to take a step toward making golf the game of a lifetime.”
“Drive, Chip and Putt is for every kid, everywhere and every ability to have the opportunity to follow their dream,” said PGA President Derek Sprague. “We have seen tremendous growth, as this popular initiative has resonated with kids across the country. PGA members and PGA Sections are excited to host and oversee the local, subregional and regional Drive, Chip and Putt qualifiers, with a local qualifying event in every state and all 41 PGA Sections.”
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Local qualifying for the 2017 National Finals will begin Sunday, May 8, 2016, at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and continue through the summer at 256 sites across all 50 states. The regional qualifying events in September are set to take place at 10 championship host sites, including:
- Baltusrol Golf Club (Site of the 2016 PGA Championship)
- Hazeltine National Golf Club (Site of the 2016 Ryder Cup)
- Medinah Country Club (Site of the 2012 Ryder Cup)
- Oakmont Country Club (Site of the 2016 U.S. Open)
- Pinehurst Resort (Site of the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open)
- Riviera Country Club (Site of the 1995 PGA Championship and 2017 U.S. Amateur)
- Southern Hills Country Club (Site of the 2007 PGA Championship)
- The Country Club (Site of the 2022 U.S. Open)
- The Olympic Club (Site of the 2012 U.S. Open)
- TPC Sawgrass (Site of THE PLAYERS Championship)
The full breakdown and schedule of 2017 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship qualifying
is as follows:
Local (May/June/July/August): 256 host sites spread throughout all 50 states
3 juniors advance in each age/gender category from every venue
Subregional (July/August): 50 host sites spread throughout 31 states
2 juniors advance in each age/gender category from every venue
Regional (September): 10 host sites in 10 defined regions
1 junior advances in each age/gender category from every venue
National Finals (April 2, 2017): 80 total participants at Augusta National Golf Club
The current third season of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship will conclude on the eve of the upcoming Masters Tournament, with 80 junior golfers competing at Augusta National on Sunday, April 3. Golf Channel will broadcast the event live.
For more information about the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, including official rules, a full listing of qualifying sites and registration and ticket information, please visit www.DriveChipandPutt.com.
About the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship
A joint initiative founded in 2013 by the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association and the PGA of America, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship 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, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship provides aspiring junior golfers an opportunity to play with their peers in qualifiers around the country. Participants who advance through local, subregional 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 Golf Channel. For more information about the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, visit www.DriveChipandPutt.com.
About the United States Golf Association
The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches, attracting players and fans from more than 160 countries. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, equipment standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s reach is global with a working jurisdiction in the United States, its territories and Mexico, serving more than 25 million golfers and actively engaging 150 golf associations.
The USGA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and its ongoing “For the Good of the Game” grants program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries. For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org.
About the Masters Tournament
The Masters Tournament Foundation, inspired by the enduring philosophies of Masters Tournament founders Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts, is committed to promoting golf’s domestic and international development through financial investment and active participation in initiatives aimed at preserving the traditions of the game and sharing its many virtues.
The Masters Tournament – since its very beginning – strives to provide added exposure to the game of golf and inspire interest in the sport worldwide. For more information about the Masters, visit www.masters.com.
About the PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, the PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and grow interest and participation in the game of golf. The PGA of America delivers world-class championships while building the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility for everyone, everywhere. Celebrating its Centennial, the PGA represents the very best in golf. For more about the PGA of America, visit pga.org.
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- The Drive, Chip and Putt Championship is open to boys and girls ages 7-15. Boys and girls 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.
- Participants will be grouped based on their age as of the National Finals Sunday, April 2, 2017. Participants must be at least 7 years of age on Sunday, April 2, 2017, and may not be older than 15 years of age on Sunday, April 2, 2017. 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 prior to April 2, 2017. A 15-year-old who will turn 16 years of age prior to April 2, 2017, is not eligible to participate.
- Participants may register to compete in only one local qualifier.
- All competitors must conform to the USGA Rules of Amateur Status.
- The player’s clubs and golf balls must conform with the Rules of Golf and the provisions, specifications and interpretations set forth in Appendices II (for golf clubs) and III (for golf balls). The optional Conditions of Competition 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.
- For local qualifying, parents/guardians must complete an online entry application – available starting January 26, 2016 – on behalf of participants at the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship website, www.DriveChipandPutt.com.
- Entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis and must be received no later than 5 p.m. EDT on the date five (5) days prior to the local qualifier.
- There is no entry fee for the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship.
SCHEDULE OF COMPETITION
- The Drive, Chip and Putt Championship will be conducted in four stages. Click here for a full schedule:
- Local qualifying – 256 qualifying events will be conducted in May, June, July and August at courses throughout all 50 States.
- Subregional qualifying – 50 qualifying events to be conducted in July and August in 31 States.
- Regional qualifying – 10 qualifying events to be conducted in September in 10 Defined Regions.
- National Finals – To be conducted Sunday, April 2, 2017, at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.
SCORING / COMPETING
- Each participant will compete in all three skills (Drive, Chip and Putt). An individual rules sheet for each skill competition is available on the championship website, www.DriveChipandPutt.com.
- Participants will accumulate points in each skill. The participant with the highest number of accumulated points will be declared the overall champion of their age category.
- All participants must begin the competition at the local qualifying level.
- From local qualifying, the 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.
- The subregional competition is a new competition with no carryover from the local competition. The top two performers in each of the boys and girls division from the four age categories will advance to the regional qualifiers.
- The regional competition is a new competition with no carryover from the subregional competition. The top performer in each of the boys and girls division from the four age categories will advance to the National Finals to be held the Sunday before the Masters Tournament (April 2, 2017).
- The National Finals will take place at Augusta National Golf Club and be staged on its Tournament Practice Facility (Driving / Chipping) and 18th green (Putting). The National Finals is a new competition with no carryover from the regional competition.
- The National Finals will be produced and broadcasted on national television.