When you teach your kids to love golf, they win for a lifetime.
With the 2017 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 have announced that registration for 2018 National Finals qualifying, which begins this May, is now officially open on the event’s website, www.DriveChipandPutt.com.
Now in its fifth 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 1, the eve of the 2018 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 Honorary 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.”
Local qualifying for the 2018 National Finals will kick off May 6, 2017, at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and continue through the summer at 268 sites across all 50 states. The Northern California PGA will host 10 local qualifiers throughout our region during the months of June and July. If you would like to view the schedule of local qualifiers in Northern California, please click here.
The regional qualifying events in September are set to take place at 10 championship host sites, including:
- Pinehurst Resort (Site of the 2014 U.S. Open and 2014 U.S. Women's Open Championships)
- The Olympic Club (Site of the 2012 U.S. Open and 2021 U.S. Women's Open Championships)
- TPC Sawgrass (Site of The Players Championship and 1994 U.S. Amateur Championship)
- Muirfield Village Golf Club (Site of the Memorial Tournament, 2013 Presidents Cup, and 1992 U.S. Amateur Championship)
- Southern Hills Country Club (Site of the 2007 PGA Championship and 2001 U.S. Open Championship)
- The Club at Carlton Woods (Site of the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship)
- The Honors Course (Site of the 2016 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship)
- Interlachen Country Club (Site of the 2008 U.S. Women's Open Championship)
- Torrey Pines (Site of the 2008 and 2021 U.S. Open Championships)
- Winged Foot Golf Club (Site of the 2006 and 2020 U.S. Open Championships)
The full breakdown and schedule of 2018 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship qualifying is as follows:
Local (May/June/July/August): 268 host sites spread throughout all 50 states
3 juniors advance in each age/gender category from every venue
Subregional (July/August): 53 host sites spread throughout 33 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 1, 2018): 80 total participants at Augusta National Golf Club
The current fourth 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 2. 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.