The 2017 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship

Drive, Chip, and Putt
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Masters champion Ben Crenshaw poses with a 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt trophy winner.
By
Wayne Cavadi
PGA.com

Series: The Masters

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | 11:04 a.m.

The 2017 Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals presented by The Masters, USGA and PGA of America

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What it is: The Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals got its start in 2013, when The Masters, United States Golf Association and PGA of America founded the event. The one-day finals is a skills challenge that tests the driving, chipping and putting of both boy and girl junior qualifiers who have passed through rigorous qualifiers. The action kicks off at 8 a.m. this Sunday with live coverage on the Golf Channel.

When: Sunday, April 2

Where: Augusta National Golf Club

Age brackets: 7-9 years old, 10-11 years old, 12-13 years old and 14-15 years old

For more information: www.drivechipandputt.com

Scoring (from the Drive, Chip and Putt committee):

National Finals Scoring

The Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals is a new competition with no carryover from the regional competition. The event will be staged at several areas on the Practice Facilities and the 18th green. Participants will accumulate points in each skill. The participant with the highest number of combined points from all skills will be declared the overall champion of their age group/division.

Drive

  • Each player will have two drives to record his or her longer distance drive that remains in bounds. A ball coming to rest on any of the boundary lines is considered in bounds. The player in each age group/division with the longest drive will receive 10 points and be declared the winner of the Drive Championship. The player with the second longest distance will receive 9 points, and so on, all the way down to 1 point. In the event of a tie for first place, the winner will be determined by a playoff drive. All other ties will have points combined and split.

Chip

  • 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 Championship. The player with the second-closest cumulative distance from the hole will receive 9 points, and so on, all the way down to 1 point. In the event of a tie for first place, the winner will be determined by a playoff chip. All other ties will have points combined and split.

Putt

  • Each player will attempt a putt from approximately 15' and 30' and will record his or her overall distance from the 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 Championship. The player with the second-closest cumulative distance will receive 9 points, and so on, all the way down to 1 point. In the event of a tie for first place, the winner will be determined by a playoff putt. All other ties will have points combined and split.

Please note: In the event of a tie in the Overall competition, the winner will be determined by a playoff putt.

Follow on Twitter: @DriveChipPutt and join the conversation with #DCPFinals

THE FIELD:

This season has six returning champions. 

  • Alexa Pano (Girls 12-13): Pano participated in both 2014 and 2016, winning last year's Girls 10-11.
  • Malia Schroeder (Girls 12-13): participated last year.
  • Megha Ganne (Girls 12-13): returns from 2015.
  • Treed Huang (Boys 12-13): was the 2014 Boys 7-9 Champion.
  • Samuel Kodak (Boys 12-13): returns from the same 2014 field with Huang.
  • Jack McMullin (Boys 14-15): also returns from 2014.

Profiles of contestants: