WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — After an incredibly successful inaugural year of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association (USGA) and the PGA of America have announced its expansion into all 50 states.
Locally, a qualifying event will be held at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex on the Purdue campus July 24 beginning at 9 a.m. Three qualifiers in each age and gender group will advance to the sub-regional qualifying event Aug. 3 at Prairie View in Carmel, Ind. Then, the top two qualifiers in each age and gender group advance to the regional qualifying event Sept. 6 at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel.
Approximately 17,000 youngsters had opportunities to qualify in the first year, which began with local qualifying at courses throughout the country and continued with regional qualifying. The winners from the boys and girls divisions in each of the four age divisions earned a trip to Augusta National Golf Club, site of the Masters Tournament.
Participants in the 2014 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship will again advance through local and regional qualifiers conducted throughout the United States. Competitors will be comprised of boys and girls ages 7 to 15, who will compete in separate divisions in four age categories. The regional champions in each of the boys’ and girls’ divisions from the four age categories will advance to the finals, to be held at Augusta National the Sunday before the Masters, April 5, 2015.
Local Qualifying registration is now open, and thousands of participants have already signed up at DriveChipPutt.com for the second year of the event. There are four age groups for both boys and girls – 7-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15 – and registration is first come, first served. If an age/gender division is full at one Local Qualifying site, the registrant can check the next closest site for availability.
“It was amazing to be on-site at Augusta National and see the faces of the 88 participants and everyone involved in coordinating the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship,” said Ted Bishop, President of The PGA of America and a Purdue alum. “Our PGA Professionals will continue to play a vital role in administering the local and regional events and we are looking forward to again working alongside the Masters and the USGA.”
“The Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex is thrilled to be hosting a Local Qualifying event for the 2014 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship,” said Dan Ross, PGA Head Professional at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex. “This event is for any youngster, no matter their skill level, who wants to enjoy a unique golf experience. I strongly encourage parents to register their junior golfers today and tell their friends that this type of fun golf competition can create lasting memories for all families.”